Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night I heard a knock on my door. That's very unusual, as no one can come to my door unless they have a key to the building -- so it had to be a neighbor -- anyone else would use the buzzer.
I opened the door, and it was a neighbor with a police officer! Her unit and at least one other was burglarized yesterday. Shocking! The burglar broke into the main door and then broke into the units, so it was just a matter of luck he didn't choose mine! It was only third-floor units, probably because there was less chance of interference up there.
After they left, I heard a lot of banging; it sounded like neighbors were fixing their doors.
The odd thing is that when I came home from errands yesterday, I went through the main door and didn't notice anything.
It was unsettling, even though I wasn't affected. I checked my locks, but then, locks didn't help the neighbors, did they? Finally fell asleep late into the night.
In other news --
Yesterday was an errand day. I mailed three packages at the post office ($28). One held my Merrell shoes, which I am returning to the original store (in Georgia, not Florida). The associate I spoke to was not in the shoe department, which makes me a little nervous, but she assured me that I could switch for a bigger size as long as I included the receipt and the shoes were unworn. I included a letter explaining it all, so here's hoping.
I returned library books, and then went to Kohl's to spend my Kohl's cash. Took me a while to figure out what I wanted, but I ended up buying a rug that matches the one I bought on my trip. Only it's bigger. I placed it at the foot of my bed, and it really warms up the room. After my Kohl's cash it cost only $17 -- same price as the other, but it's about twice the size. The original price was supposedly $65.
Then I stopped and picked up some kitty litter at Aldi's ($5) and baby aspirin and batteries at Walgreens ($8, after using $5 in Walgreen's rewards).
That all took me out of the house the whole afternoon, which was apparently when the burglar struck.
I also did a load of laundry before I left ($1.50). Unfortunately, the machine I used leaked oil or grease or something on my laundry. The mesh of my sweater dryer was ruined, which is no great loss, as I have two others. But a good pair of capris was stained a little. I am treating them, and they'll be wearable for everyday, but still.... I reported the problem to management, and just got the generic reply.
Today I'm going to a community picnic. It's going to be hot, and I'll have to walk a bit to get there, which I'm already dreading! But it's a free meal, and a chance to socialize, so I'm going. The rest of the fam is going, too.
I never got around to making the Spanish rice or the veggie burgers yesterday, so that's on the list today. And I'm making a watermelon smoothie for breakfast! I'll let you know how it turns out.
Day One Hundred Twenty-Four