It seems we're in for some real winter weather this week. Today it has not gotten about 14 degrees, with a little drift of snow on the ground. The sun is brilliant, the sky that impossible blue of very cold weather. It's been a day to stay inside.
After a fine meal, we headed out to the first of the day's adventures: exploring an old mobile home that had been empty for some time. It belonged to my granddaughter's friend's family; it was on some property they purchased and they wanted to clear it out and get rid of it. There was, my granddaughter reported, furniture and a lot of glassware in the trailer, along with lots of trash and debris. We were prepared for a mess.
And that's pretty much what it was. It was a sobering example of what can happen when someone sinks into mental illness with no one realizing what's going on. Hoarding, haphazard piles, rooms full of trash bags full of who-knows-what...I felt deep sadness for the woman whose personal photos scattered in the mess showed a pretty woman with a handsome husband. Bundles of letters tied up in string were stacked in a closet, letters from Army bases and APO addresses. This was someone who had loved and been loved. What happened? Did he pass away, leaving her alone? All I know is that she was eventually sent away to a mental health facility, probably the very best thing that could have happened. We made an offer for what we saw that might be useable. It was bone-chilling cold but I wonder if some of the chill was the sad story the mobile home told.
Final stop of the day was at a flea market over the river in Ohio. We bought a lot of great stock for our booths, but the snow swirling around outside made us a little concerned about the trip home. However, the squall blew through and the drive was no problem; we took our time and although we saw a few mishaps in the median we had no troubles.
I hope all of you stay safe and warm this week.
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