True, embellished and fictional stories for your amusertainment

Now that it’s nearing time for air conditioning, Stephen decided to switch airflow to upstairs. As he was opening a bedroom vent, he thought he heard a noise – scratch, scratch, scratch. He took the vent cover off so he could hear better. As the noise got louder, so did Stephen’s eyes. Whatever was in the vent was big and it was getting closer. Any minute it was going to exit the vent and come face to face with Stephen. Not prepared for this eventuality, all he could do was wait.

Whatever was in the vent was big!

Whatever was in the vent was big!

When the noise finally stopped, out popped a piece of Great Stuff foam. But wait, it wasn’t over. Another noise was close behind. Could this be a live critter that forced the foam into the open or would it be another piece of harmless foam? Still unsure, Stephen waited hesitantly ready to capture whatever might follow. As the cryptic clamor reached the opening, another piece of foam popped out. Now we have to find the unruly beast that stuffed foam into our vents!

The foam looks like organs from an enigmatic vent creature

The foam looks like organs from an enigmatic vent creature

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

 

The Grapes of wRATh

The Grapes of Rat

The Grapes of Rat

Special Towing

While parked outside of my favorite BBQ restaurant, I noticed this sign:

Patron parking only

Patron parking only

I’ve been to this eatery a million times, parked in front of this sign and never noticed it before. When I saw it, the first thing I thought of was this:

Pizza Towing - apropos for a BBQ joint

Pizza Towing – apropos for a BBQ joint

Sometimes my brain leaves little gifts. When they come, I share them with you.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Hall Monitor

Some schools take unusual measures to keep their students safe

Some schools take unusual measures to maintain order

The End Of An Era

Haeger Potteries is one of the oldest and largest production potteries in the world, making bakeware, lamps, vases and other decorative items. After 145 years, they are shutting their doors.

A Chicago institution

A Chicago institution

Haeger happens to have an outlet store located adjacent to the factory which we’ve frequented for years. Now that they’re closing their doors for good, we decided to make one final trip.

The outlet store entrance

The outlet store entrance

Arriving around 10:15 a.m., we found 15 people waiting in line to get in the store which didn’t open for another 45 minutes. After running a few errands, we opted to return agreeing that if the place was packed, we wouldn’t stop. There were only a handful of cars in the parking lot causing us to wonder why anyone would wait at least 45 minutes to be the first to enter a nearly empty store.

The main parking lot only had a few cars and the over flow lot was empty.

The main parking lot only had a few cars and the over flow lot was empty.

Fortunately we weren’t in the market for large items because getting a cart inside proved to be a challenge.

Design flaw

Design flaw

It was sobering to see shelves once brimming with merchandise nearly empty.

Empty shelves highlight the old structure

Empty shelves highlight the old structure

We made our purchases and took one last look into the production area. Although it was empty, you could feel the energy that had once filled the space.

Production floor

The production floor is 156,000 square feet

Walking around the outside of the building, we found a symbol that perfectly represents the end of this wonderful era.

A symbol of the end

A symbol of the end

May the pots be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Statute of Limitations

Statue of Limitations

Statue of Limitations

Spring Activities

Just because the weather’s getting nice, you won’t see me out riding a bicycle. The last time I rode my bike, turning was harrowing, I tipped over every time I stopped, and I flipped over completely when Stephen (who was out in front) stopped to check on me. When I was a kid, I could ride like the wind with no protective gear whatsoever. Now I need protective covering over my entire body just to sit on a bicycle.

It wasn’t always this way. Not that many years (okay, quite a few), Stephen and I would ride our bikes with no protective gear and only occasional injuries (me, yes, it was invariably me). We even made it a family affair. Stephen built a small trailer out of a dog crate and attached it to the back of his bike for our dog, Tony. Then he strapped a small, homemade cage on top of the dog trailer for our parrot Amy.

I have no idea why Stephen is dressed so formally for bike riding

I have no idea why Stephen is dressed so formally for bike riding

For the safety of everyone, the animals never trailed my bike – only Stephen’s. Amy loved the rides, reverting back to her first word “hello” for the duration of the outing. Tony was another story – he would have rather run along side us versus being trapped in a little cage.

These days, we take the dogs for walks – no protective gear needed. Amy stays indoors where she feels safer.

Hope you enjoy your Spring!

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

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