Monthly Archives: May 2012

Birth Control and Other Things

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English: Cong, Co. Mayo: 'The Quiet Man' Cotta...

English: Cong, Co. Mayo: ‘The Quiet Man’ Cottage. This is the actual cottage used in the film, ‘THE QUIET MAN’, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to start out with the other things in today’s blog.  In my last post I wrote about my squatter, ED. I want to give you an update. Ed has finally got the message he doesn’t live here anymore. A friend of his helped move him out and put his stuff in storage. It took a week after that for him to stop coming to the house and just walking in. We finally got the police involved and social services. He told the police how mad he was about us “taking his mailbox down.” I feel so bad for Ed, but there is nothing I can do.

My house is all painted and it looks good. My furniture will be arriving from Texas this next week. I’ll be so glad to have my “things about me, again.” I think that line came from a John Wayne Movie. Do you know which one? I will post it at the end of the blog.

I was reading this morning about how the Catholic Bishops were talking about women and birth control. First of all let me tell you, I am Catholic, not a cradle one, but converted. If I’m asked what religion I am I tell them I am a Pentecostal Catholic. So I do have some different view from the church.

I very much believe in birth-control for women. I do believe the bible is the inspired word of God, but I know it was written by men of the early church, who’s world was nothing like ours.  Men ruled at that time and still feel they have to now (In the church). I am not a subservient woman, and I believe I have the same rights as any man. I may not have the same strengths but I do have different ones. I believe that any woman should be able to choose to use birth control.

If you would like to read the article I read, I am giving you the link.  http://www.nationalmemo.com/catholic-leaders-must-dial-down-the-rhetoric/2/

Oh yes, the answer to the John Wayne question is “The Quiet Man.” When Maureen O’Hara was giving John Wayne a good talking to about her dowry, she told him of having her things about her.  Did you guess it right?  Until next time stay safe and happy.

What an Experience!!!

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A Red/Green/Violet color wheel

A Red/Green/Violet color wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does anyone like to move? The only thing  accomplished in my opinion is  a lot of stress and strain with a great opportunity to get rid of the junk collected over the time you’ve been in your home. Right now my world is in total upheaval. My new home is upside down. Tile people have been working here since Thursday afternoon laying new tile throughout the house.  It will be wonderful once they are done, but right now every piece of furniture is piled in the dining room.

The next part of the adventure after the tile is painting. Right now all the walls are painted white and that doesn’t suit me at all. I want color on my  walls. I think white walls are boring. The hard part is coming up with the colors I want. I spend a lot of time looking at paint sample cards and the color wheel. Once I can make a decision about my wall colors every thing else flows smoothly.

My blogging will continue to be slow. Maybe I can do it once a week until things are settled and then resume my Mon., Wed. and Friday schedule. I have to say I do miss the routine of my writing daily, but I can’t handle it with everything I’m trying to take care of with this move.  Thanks for letting me whine a little bit.  Until next time.

Squatter Equals Headache

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Blatchington House, Firle Road, East Blatching...

Blatchington House, Firle Road, East Blatchington, Seaford Now a Retirement Home (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you want to know what frustration is? It’s having a new home that you can’t move into because the boyfriend of the previous owner will not leave. We got to close on our gorgeous country, retirement, home this past Friday 5/4/12.

Let me start from the beginning.  There once was a geriatric woman who lived in a house with her boyfriend.  She decided she wanted to move to California and sold her house and left her boyfriend behind, wanting nothing more to do with him.  He was supposed to have packed up his things and left, but to our surprise he didn’t.

I can hear the voice in your head saying, “I would call the police and haul his butt out of there.” Guess what I did call the police and found out there isn’t a thing I can do. That was his home and he can stay there until we legally evict him through the courts. I couldn’t believe it when I heard those words coming from the officers mouth.

Here we are with a house that has someone living in it and my entire family and a total of six dogs, two cats, are going to move in on this gentleman tomorrow.  So needless to say it should be a fun time for all.  I will not be posting for a while due to not having internet service.  As that famous line goes, “I’ll be back.”

Home Owner Neighborhood Associations

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I don’t like them. Never have and never will. In all fairness, I can see how they think they are a necessary service to the neighborhood. They can help deter the next door neighbor from painting his house black with pick polka-dots. I think Associations get to feeling all powerful and have to flex their muscles to make their existence justifiable.

Being the country girl that I am, when I own something it’s mine to do with what I please. If I’m not causing problems if I want to plant flowers or make patterns in my lawn with the lawn mower, that is my right. Unfortunately that’s not the case if you move into a neighborhood with a homeowners association.

My husband and I lived in a very nice condo in Cary North Carolina for a short period of time. When the home owners association told us we were out of compliance because the satellite dish did not match the roof color, we bought property and built a new home. We were fortunate to be able to sell and build.

I was reading yesterday in AARP, where a woman in Portsmouth, NH bought a new condo after being promised she could plant flowers in a 5 x 8 bed. Two years went by without a problem and then one day she was notified the flowers would have to go. When she declined to remove the flowers the association fined her $5800 and put a lean on her house. “The practical implication is that what one person thinks is beautiful, another person thins is horrible.  Whether you like it or not is not the issue.”

How do you think you would react to this issue? I don’t think I would react well at all. As I mentioned above, I want to be able to do what I want with my property. I would not buy property in an association without talking to a lot of the people of the neighborhood.  Look at the neighborhood closely. Do all of the houses look exactly alike? That would be a very good indication how stringent the association is.  Also, be sure and asked for the associations by-laws to know for sure what you can and can’t do if you purchase property.

A New Contest

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Hello to everyone. Today I’m making a big announcement.  I am sponsoring another writing contest. The topic of this contest is National Pride.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, and no more than 1200 words.  The winner will receive  three ebooks of your choice and posting of your story on this blog.  The runner-up will receive a copy of the Historical Fiction, Dobyns Chronicles when it is published in a few months.

Please send the stories to shirley_mclain.com with your email address and the three ebooks you would like if you win.  All entries must be to me by May 31, 2012.  The winner will be announced June 15, 2012.

Use your creativeness and get out of your comfort zone a little bit. I look forward to receiving some great stories.

Shirley