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It’s Show Time: Filming in My Neighborhood

Would you rent your house out to a film crew?

Do you live in a town where some residents make large sums of money by renting their homes out to production companies that film movies, commercials and the like? Sounds like a great opportunity, right? My town earns a fee every time a production company comes to town.

Our doorbell has been rung four different times by a scout looking for the “perfect” location to film. I never had to make up my mind how I really felt about the whole thing since we never ended up being the “perfect” location; however, I can say that every time this scout rang our bell or left a phone message then stopped by, I invited him in, he made his pitch, took a few photos and then he asked to use our toilet. I showed him where our bathroom was the first time, but the next three times he didn’t need any direction at all. He remembered. After each of his visits I scrubbed the toilet thoroughly and completely. I’m like that. If you know me, you know I speak the truth.

No benefit to loaning my toilet.

Not too long ago the same scout left a phone message asking if he could stop by to look at our house again. I didn’t return call number five. Call me slow but after mulling it over for a while I am convinced our home is just a pit stop and I’m tired of cleaning the toilet thoroughly and completely every time the scout leaves.

Anyway, I digress. I’m sure it is exciting and lucrative if you are the homeowner who is hosting the filming; however, for the rest of us, your neighbors, it’s not much fun at all.

Today I woke up to large white trucks idling in my next-door-neighbor’s driveway; the street choked with out-of-state cars, trucks and vans; a police officer who was supposed to be directing traffic sitting in his car instead; and vehicles parked veryclose to the end of all the driveways in the area. In addition, it was pouring rain.

Some of the crew's vehicles.

Ready, set, ACTION!

Guess what? A production company is filming at my next-door neighbor’s house today. We did not receive notification ahead of time (as our local ordinance states we should and as we typically do) so I was completely unprepared for the mayhem and foolishness a shoot brings to our neighborhood. Even though we are an “experienced neighborhood” (Our across-the-street neighbors have hosted at least five production company shoots over the years they’ve lived in their house.), I still like to be notified ahead of time so I can plan accordingly. For example, we wouldn’t have scheduled the Verizon repairman to come today. The poor repairman who fixed our dead telephone line had zero visibility into and out of our driveway and no help from the cop who was hired to direct traffic (the cop sat in his car out of the rain instead).

Anyway, I stayed away as long as I could, but once I was home again. I noticed a few things:

(1) The spotlight trained on my next-door neighbor’s side window throws off a lot of light; my kitchen is bathed in reflected glory.

No need to turn on the lights in my kitchen today.

(2) The big white truck that’s parked about 6” from one of my large holly trees was idling its engine when I left at 9:30 a.m. and it’s still idling at 5 p.m.; what are the odds that the heat from the truck’s engine will scorch the holly branches next to it?

Will the holly trees be scorched by the heat off the truck's radiator?

(3) Men, working men, talk in really loud voices; it sounds like these guys are in my kitchen, standing next to me.

Gee, I wonder if it’s a two-day shooting schedule?

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Rain in Northern New Jersey

It rained last night around here. A lot.

This is a Wayne, N.J. parking lot with a parking deck in the background.

And the wind blew.

This is another parking lot in Wayne, N.J. We still have snow piles and we get flooding rain. Yeesh!

And it rained some more.

Did you get rain?

Here's what I bought at Costco in Wayne, N.J. today! It's the antidote to local flooding.

In a knee jerk reaction to the flooding I bought “Pink Balcony” and “Angelique” begonia tubers, Lily of the Valley pips and “Key West” astilbe tubers. And I felt much better!

On Saturday, I cleaned out my little greenhouse; that “chore” made me very happy. On Sunday I bought  some Burpee brand veggie seeds — French Filet beans, Black-Seeded Simpson lettuce and Italian parsley — as well as some Giant Imperial Mix larkspur seeds because it was raining and I couldn’t clean up the yard.

I made out my list; can you see it peeking out of the catalog?

And I spent a couple of dreamy hours reading and marking up my Territorial Seed catalog. A family owned company, Territorial is my go-to mail order source for veggie “onsies”: I order individual plants (not seeds) of a few different kinds of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants from the company every year with great success. The plants have always arrived safely tucked into a slotted cardboard box. If you, like me, don’t need 6 of each kind of veggie plant you might want to try Territorial.

 

P.S. Territorial doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall.

 

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Rain, Rain

Go Away

Monday.

When it rains I frequently feel “blue.” Do you? Is it SAD – seasonal affective disorder? Or is it something else?

All I can say is that it rained Monday and Tuesday of this week and I dragged through those days.

It was sunny and bright on Wednesday and I took a 4-mile walk and worked for more than 3 hours weeding the gorgeous landscape at my favorite local middle school.

Today? It’s raining. All day.

Bleh.

It poured all day Tuesday too.

That’s how I feel.

Today. Rain. I guess it's a good thing I don't live in the Pacific Northwest, huh?

What about you? Does rain affect your mood?

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It’s Raining. It’s Pouring.

And No, I’m Not Snoring! (as the old nursery rhyme goes)

Driving in the pouring rain is not fun.

It rained. No, let me rephrase that. It poured. It teemed. It rained so hard all of our local roads were flooded or near flooded. And I was supposed to drive to Central Jersey today to have lunch with my sister Cindy. I tried. Yep. I tried to negotiate the puddles and rain, but to no avail. The Garden State Parkway was flooded, particularly around Exit 140 so I didn’t get far.

Cindy understood though. I left her a voicemail (since she’s at work she doesn’t pick up) letting her know the road conditions. She texted me back a while later reminding me that what I did was correct. “Safety first.” That said, I’m bummed I couldn’t see her today and share a few stories and laughs and hugs over lunch.

It's a little blurry, but you get the idea, right? Love you, Cindy!

On the way home I took a short video of what I was seeing through my windshield. Take a look at “My World and Welcome to It” if you have a minute.And I ended up back at home all dressed up with no place to go! So I walked around outside for a few minutes before the rain chased me into the house.

The great thing about the ‘bad weather’ is my gardens, parched for a few weeks, are getting some much-needed rain. In fact, some of the shrubs were doubled over from the weight of all the rain. Drink up my green friends since we don’t know when the next rainstorm will occur!

My garden is happy, albeit a little overwhelmed with so much rain in so short a time!

I watched the rain fall onto the pavers next to the front steps. Even though the rain is ‘noisy,’ it’s pretty soothing to watch it fall.

And take a look at my daughter Tory’s beloved VW Bug! Even Sunny, in all her yellow glory, looked a little gloomy today.

Sunny was drenched; she looked a little forlorn today.

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