Thursday, July 2, 2015

Real Crime Drama in the Neighborhood

There was significant drama in the neighborhood the other night and Bill and I slept through the whole thing. 
 Bill went out to go to church Sunday morning and there was a squad car parked across the street. 
Up the road a little was a crime scene van. 
He called to ask me to look into it. I am a little like Mrs. Kravitz.

And this is when I become Mrs. Kravitz .

After we hung up, I looked at my phone.
I'd received a text from my friend, Sara at 11:45 the night before asking what in the world was going on in our neighborhood. 

I quickly got dressed and went outside to see what I could find out. 
The crime scene van wasn't where Bill said it was. 
It was four houses down the street from us.
I saw my other neighbor come out of her house and I asked her if she knew anything. 
She didn't. She slept through it as well.
The owner of the house with the CSV came out and told us what happened.
They had been to the free concert at the Levitt Pavilion downtown. 

The same concert Bill and I had attended. 
They came home at about 10:30 and were visiting with some friends. 
The heard a commotion in the kitchen. 
They noticed that Luke's fur started to stand up on his collar.
(Luke was a puppy about the same time as Dixie.)
 When the couples went into the kitchen there was a man standing on the kitchen island.
 Luke had chased him up there.
He demanded the car keys. 
They said no and somehow pushed him out the back door and called 911.
 At some point another neighbor's dog started to go nuts. 
She got up to let him out into the back yard. 
She went with him and encountered the man about 7 feet away from her. 
She begged him not to harm her dog.
She ran back in the house and called the police. 
She lived 3 or 4 doors up. 
There were 7 or 8 squad cars, helicopters and police up and down the street searching. 
They had a bull horn telling him that he couldn't get away and for neighbors to go back into their houses. 
The neighbors in the house two doors up the street woke up. They were asked by the police to open the door so that the canine could rush through the house to their back yard.
The dog found the perp (I like using that word) in their shed.
They found him at around 2 a.m. 
All this and Bill and I were zzzzzzzzzz.
A big fail on our part. 
The dog didn't bark at the commotion. zzzzzzzzzz.

The fans in our room are so loud that we didn't hear a thing happening outside.
My phone wasn't near me so I didn't hear my friend's text.
This was a wake up call.
We were sitting at our kitchen table with the back door open at about the same time the "perp"
was entering their home.
I routinely sit with the back door open until late into the night. 
Our alarm was not set. 
Yes, I know. 
The dog sleeps in a crate so she is absolutely no good to us as a protector.

We are relieved that the "perp" (Now, I'm just being silly) is in custody. 
I guess all this started because he had been staying with a family that lived near by.
They had kicked him out but he came back and sexually assaulted the owner of the home.
They were already looking for him when the first neighbor called police.
He had quite the rap sheet.
Assault and kidnapping from 2011! 
Ummm, why was he out of prision?
Bill got each family a plant. 
He got Luke, the wonder dog, a bag of treats from Dixie. 

Who is asleep as I write.
How about that for excitement?


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How To Make An Easy 4th Of July Bunting

Hi friends,
I have a quick project for you. 
I don't know about you but I just love bunting for 4th of July. 
There is something about an old fashioned front porch decked out for the holiday.  We don't have a front porch but I've always wanted bunting.

The thrift store had this table runner. 

To stitch up a quick bunting, run a gather along one side of a hemmed or serged edge. 
(I'll be honest and say that this was already serged. If it wasn't, I might just leave the edge raw.)

Run a zig zag stitch over some cording. Be careful not to sew on the cording. If you do, you can very easily snip that stitch and it won't affect the gather. 


The above is a video that shows pulling the gather. 
When the top is gathered at tight as you want it, tie the two ends of the cord.

Hang as desired.

I just tacked the ends it to our split rail fence with small wire nails. (I really don't know what a wire nail is but...)

I did this post with my iPhone 6. The blogger app isn't the best but it's better for Apple than for an Android. 

Wouldn't bunting be easy and cute for a baby or bridal shower? 
Have a great day. 
Have you done any decorating for the 4th?

Linking with,
Common Ground Patriotic Party


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