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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Vandals and a Trip to Iowa

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The unfortunate reality of living in the inner city is that we have to deal with alot of poverty and the occasional theft and\or vandalism.  Yesterday, J. discovered that someone had tried to get into the house that we're working on by busting out 3 windows on the back side.  There were no signs that they entered the house, however.  Since they didn't even try the doors, we suspect it was the same person that tried to kick in the back door a couple of months ago.  That was unsuccessful for them as well, as there are 3 2"x4"s barring the door from the inside.  Old house:  2, thieves:  0.

The worst part?  They used a crappy old shovel that I had left in the back yard.  And I *knew* I shouldn't have left it there.  I just had a feeling when I tucked it under the deck that I should take it with me and I ignored my gut feeling.  Ladies, you should always trust your intuition.

It really makes me mad that I now have to spend time replacing glass and glazing the windows when we've still got 3 more rooms to paint and other work to do in the house.  And all because some jack*ss wanted to steal some copper to fuel his meth addiction.  You know the world would be a better place if we could all just follow the rule we learned in kindergarten:  if it's not yours, HANDS OFF!

Whew!  Sorry.....just had to get that off my chest. 

On a lighter note, I'll be packing in just a few moments to leave on a road trip to Des Moines overnight for a work conference.  I'm driving, and a couple of friends from work are coming along, so it should make for a fun 3 hour drive as we chat and be-bop to 80's music.  I'm just hoping that we don't run into that big storm that is coming our way.


  1. It is NOT fun being vandalized, I was burglarized four times at the old Calamity Acres... a horrid feeling. I'm sorry for your loss, even though it's broken windows this time, but to such a beautiful old house.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about the broken windows :( I hope they don't come back and do more damage. I wonder if you could put a light on, talk radio, sounds of dogs barking...something to make them think that someone is there.

    Have a great trip to Iowa!


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