It was an interesting day, with long lasting ramifications. I am not sure exactly what yet, but definitely things are going to be changing and SOON!
Saturday started out fairly normal. Richard let me sleep in. I got up around 9, ate a quick breakfast and then spent the next couple of hours cleaning out our dungeon, I mean garage. The dump closes at 3 PM on Saturday so around 1PM Richard started loading up the van. We were getting rid of A LOT of stuff that we really couldn’t or wouldn’t freecyle. Our 3 cribs were all on the recall list so we sent them to the dump. A broken beyond repair dresser also has a new home there.
I cleaned out a bunch of empty diaper and wipes boxes. My children just leave them in the garage for some reason. I had to get rid of bunch of old clothing. We have mice, lots of mice from the looks of it in the garage. They chewed through the cardboard boxes and ate a bunch of the clothing. Other places and boxes has nests. So most of those went to the dump too. We also emptied out bins that hadn’t been shut correctly and then became mouse havens. We had the children take these empty bins to the back and wash them. (This figures in later on.)
We also send a couple of broken printers, a dead computer monitor and a my dead computer too. One other thing went — the ancient TV. It gave up the ghost just before Christmas and needed to go.
Most of the dump requires you to back the car into the area, pitch the trash off the back into big dumpsters. The electronics place isn’t like this (and it needs to change). You drive up to the dumpster and then you have to climb up a metal ladder and pitch the stuff into the bin. While Richard was pitching the TV in, the ladder tipped over and fell. He and the TV fell about 6 feet. He had the forethought to pitch the TV and when he hit the ground to roll so much of the force of the fall was dissipated. I took him to the ER to check him out. (I admit, I panicked, but he was just cleared for normal life on Wednesday. It hasn’t even been two months since his surgery). We spent almost 6 hours there waiting for a CT scan, until I pulled a mama bear and got them to change it to a normal x-ray. Thankfully he is ok, but I am sure that he will be feeling it tomorrow.
During this time, Mandy was home with the other children. They all did great with the day’s upheaval. On our way home from the hospital, Mandy called in a panic. She had gone down into the basement, because she heard a noise (she thought the cats were getting into trouble). As she came down the stairs, she saw a man in the back of the hallway, opening the door to our laundry room. He ran out the back door when she saw him.
Mandy ran upstairs and called us. We promptly told her to call 911. Richard called our neighbor, who came over to check things out too while waiting for the police to arrive.
I have to say I was pleased with the response of the county sheriff’s office. Two cruisers passed us with lights and sirens on. The speed limit on that road is 30. I would have to bet that they were doing at least 70. We found out later that Mandy told the 911 operator that she was home alone with 7 other young children, so I am guessing that got them on the move.
The sheriff’s brought out one of their K-9 units. The dog, Bruno, tracked the scent of the person through our backyard, over our fence and the streets toward back of the neighborhood. Then the dog couldn’t track anything. The officers are assuming there was a car waiting that he got into.
We do know the basement door was unlocked from the children going in and out washing those bins. Richard and the officer’s are guessing it was a crime of opportunity and the perp had been checking the basement doors of several houses and ours was one the lucky door. Nothing physical was taken other then my sense of security.
So now what? I do not know. I am not able to sleep tonight. I don’t want to stay here in the house anymore. So we will having some discussions about what will be happening soon.
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome