Lorain’s Housing- owners of the dirty diapers- Part 3

 

And the clog in the system keeps on coming .

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/lorains-housing-the-owners-of-the-dirty-diaper-pt1/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/lorains-housing-owners-of-the-dirty-diapers-pt-2/

You  would think , this house at 1348 West Erie, after being front page in local media ( print and electronic) predatory  property holders   investigated by  all and sundry  ( including the NY Times) https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/when-vision-is-cloudy-property-holding-llcs-ny-times/ we would not find ourselves back to  square one.

Touted as the poster child by  realtors as being a negative because of  the amount of money  having to  be put in escrow ( Point of Sale) as  being a detriment  to  home sales in Lorain.

Lorain house sets record with $45,750 escrow requirement by R. Payerchin June 2014 –

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140620/lorain-house-sets-record-with-45750-escrow-requirement

Let us revisit once again  the housing court history – First up after the dumping of the home by Federally  backed mortgage company  Fannie Mae to  Kaja Holdings  for ZERO dollars  and NO  Point of Sale Inspection, Fannie Mae acquired the property Aug. 2013

Sale Date: 8/5/2013
Sale Amount: $95,116.00
Conveyance: 2013003968
Grantor: KRAUSE TODD
Grantee: FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION

it was purchased February 2015 from Fannie Mae   1 year and 1 month  after Point of Sale was introduced to  Lorain

Sale Date: 2/3/2015
Sale Amount: $0.00
Conveyance: 2015090327
Grantor: FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION
Grantee: KAJA HOLDINGS 2 LLC

Many trips to  housing court  and then finally  the lawyer (after much publicity)   arrived on scene only  to  be given “time” grace time to  fulfill their promises- little discussions at the table to  the side with  the ”  Lorain City Prosecutor ” who  agree with  giving the benefit of the doubt on more than one occasion  ( sigh) First up for Kaja Holdings was attorney


JIANG, LEI
http://eb5info.com/eb5-attorneys/35-lei-jiang
From what I could gather that day of August 12th,2015, the attorney Jaing, Lei was given another court date of September 9th to remedy and or update the situation

Then a lot of toing and froing – another continuance  this time   December 9th,2015  nearly  a year in housing court   https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/housing-court-and-you-lorain-continued/

Fast forward  to  April 2016 5 months after the December 9th continuance another court date and another attorney this time

 

Mr. James White http://www.fkwdlaw.com/attorneys/james-r-white/

 

( who   started a dialogue on this blog ) https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/plump-lady-plummets-and-the-housing-trip-continues/

I had contact with Mr. White through emails about 1348 West Erie and what his clients proposed to  do : In fact August 3rd  2016  found the following email :


Hi Loraine- Several of the violations to  the exterior have been repaired. The City’s required escrow to  perform the repairs has been deposited with  an escrow agent with  repairs to  follow.

Great news “finally  something happening BUT…. looking through the paperwork on the home of 1348 West Erie PDF   found here :   1348

Mr. White did get that  escrow “lowered” from  $45, 750 . to  $16,680  and then lo and behold the property  changed hands AGAIN ( twice – albeit to  the same man but different LLC’s- Mr. Farah Issa  and Kaja Holdings got their escrow money  back!!!!


Mr. Issa was duly  notified he had to  assume the escrow amount  and he apparently  did according to  the PDF file  pages 34,35,36 of the PDF .

 

 

 

and

Certainly  Mr Issa was not unaware of the issues with  the house  .  Contacting the BHP Dept I received this email  via Mr. Given SS Director  (my  bold):

Attached is the file for 1348 West Erie Ave. Page 34,35 and 36 of this document is the current hold of escrow for the property from the new buyer. The escrow was released back to Kaja once the funds were placed for the new buyer. This property actually transferred to Prosperity Investment Fund LLC and then again to FICC Realty Holdings – same agent on the Corporations though (Carmen Camino). They were supposed to be in court on October 11th (the summons shows service on court site) but they did not come to the hearing. I must assume that Law will attempt service again (since they won’t issue warrant on corporation).

And yet after the Demolition Board of Appeals  pronounced sentence on October 19th, 2017
http://www.morningjournal.com/article/MJ/20171019/NEWS/171019306
because of the numerous complaints – Fannie Mae, Kaja , etc etc.  and lack of action on this property  ( well apart for the legal eagles that is) Mr. Issa showed at the  November 16th, 2017 Demo  Appeals Board ( even though his property was not on the agenda)
as covered by  Rick Payerchin of the Morning Journal
“Owner makes plea for house that has been Lorain ‘problem for decade’”
http://www.morningjournal.com/article/MJ/20171117/NEWS/171119547
and HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!! you  would have thought  Mr. Issa  would have gone by  his property  and at least secured the doors to  the garage and little out building ( cottage)when he was in town.
The only  ones , it seems to  me in my  opinion, making  headway  with  1348 is the attorneys  , it certainly has been a fairly  lucrative proposition for the past months and now years.
We, Lorain, are allowing this behavior. Where is our Law Dept.? They, including Law Director Pat Riley,   are supposed to  represent us, fight for us , this home , once loved , still loved has been left rotting  whilst  the legal system  floundered around  like the last dying gasps of that fly.  Those who  represent the legal aspect  are accountable for the last 2 years of this history  and if this is the way  we proceed legally  in Lorain then  we need to  address that aspect!!!

One , unless they  have researched the disappointing process of legalisms, inspections, housing courts, thinks it is easy   but trust me on this after years of the “history ” of 1348 – we, the public  are naïve and welcoming the big fat spider into our parlour to  devour our quality  of housing, buildings and life. It is the biggest foulest filling of the diaper yet and it oozes  out  a putrid stench  ….Picture: Arleevector)

 

 

 

 

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November 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm 4 comments

Lorain’s Housing -owners of the dirty diapers- Pt 2

DEJA VU  the dirty  diaper is reeking 3620 Clifton November 3rd  2017


 

 

 

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/lorains-housing-the-owners-of-the-dirty-diaper-pt1/

 

October 19th- 2017 another year another Demolition Board of Appeals . (9:00 am) Hours of sitting scribbling notes and feeling filthy – hundreds of photos – disgusting photos of human and animal waste, homes that had been built with  families in mind left   rotting and decaying  , carpets heaving with  mold and fleas

and heaven knows what else that  was breeding in those structures.  The mold  in this home had attached itself  not only  to  the surface areas but has literally  compromised the wood and structure of the home. Well what do  you  expect when it had been open to  the elements for years.

 

In other properties , stairs to  the 2nd floor  so  dangerous that even the squatters had brought in a step-ladder to  gain access,  whole floors missing as they  had been torn up to burn in a partially  working fireplace. Even more disgusting –for me at least – is that human beings  were actually  living, partying and doing drugs in amongst the  human waste, mummified cats and some more recently dead animals , rat feces everywhere, a drive up  window where apparently  the dealer of drugs sat as his/her customers made their purchases. Hypodermic needles , remnants of alcohol containers, food  littered every  horizontal surface.   One home, although a small tree had grown through a window awning,  was not in the same terrible  state  therefore the Demo  Board took the home off the list voluntarily.

There is a  sub culture in this town using these nauseating dwellings   as evidenced by the insides of these structures. These structures  are obviously  deemed safe from prying eyes   by those who  frequent the vomitus homes for their illegal and dangerous dealings   because no  one in their right mind or any  sort of consideration of their own worth  would enter these places let alone  sleep on  an excruciatingly   filthy  couch surrounded by human feces and animal waste, rats and fleas – It just doesn’t bear thinking about .

It is no  wonder those that had to  inspect had to  wear masks and environmental protection gear. The Lorain Police Dept. having to  check to  make sure the properties were at least free of the dangerous human elements. Hundreds of photos later  I  was thankful the smells of those places  were missing from the presentation.

Everyone was sworn in who  intended to  speak . I didn’t take the oath  for once I wanted to  observe and keep my  mouth  shut……. and then Deja Vu. One of the homes 4310 Meister Road – empty  and decaying for 5-7 years

Since this was an appeals board, people could appeal the property  being put on the demo  list. A property  LLC representative came before the board  offering $70,000 to  save this house. There was much  discussion and to  the needs of the house, all which  apparently  could be rectified. Oh that is a positive one would think : So  why  was I  sending out panicked mind messages to  the Board members  ( not having been sworn in) NO! NO!  please NO!!

Back I was transported to  another demo  board of appeals  3620 Clifton on January 2013.

January 2013 Photo Lorain 365

1. We now know that a property 3620 Clifton purchased in 2011 after five years of being open to the elements was deemed bad enough to be issued a search warrant in Sept 2012-

2. Declared a public nuisance and uninhabitable – the property listed for demolition ( along with two neighboring properties ) Jan 4th 2013

3.Given a reprieve because the “Duo of Will Do” ( Barbee and Johnson) owners pleaded before the Demolitions appeals Board for more time a week later Jan 11th 2013 by that same board . A board that had doubts caved to the “give em a break mentality”

You  can find the series and reports ( all documented ) https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/a-tale-of-two-the-why-land-of-iz-not-woz/

The fact the gentleman at the mic was well meaning didn’t change my  mind. You  see he had not purchased or even had letter  of intent to  purchase from the supposed owner of the property ( another of those wonderful banks) – 

 

he did not have a business plan or list of contracted subcontractors showing the intent to  do  the work  or even a  check as a gesture of intent.

 As the representative of the legal dept. spoke those  words (paraphrasing because I  was instantly sent back to  another  time -2013) “we can always  re-inspect……. aaaaaahhhhhhhhh”and FAMOUS last words from  3620 Clifton

Mr. Cantu 2013 :  Yes! because we could cite him on property maintenance if he doesn’t continue to go on.    NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOO please no!

Because those same words uttered led to  3620 sitting for another 4 years and having to  start the process all over again…….. see the photo  at the top  of this post. The Statute of Limitations ran out.

When we (Lorain 365 Blog) https://lorain365.com/  researched the process of 3620 Clifton , we found that inspections are not all what they  are cracked up  to  be . For instance for the inspectors etc to  go  through the inside of these properties there is a lot of legal  procedures. The city  has to  get a search  warrant. ( these are for these abandoned homes).

We found the properties could only  be inspected from the street or neighboring property ( with  permission) in the case rehabbing a property ( residential)  unless the inspectors were “invited in by  the owners”.

Should electrical or plumbing permits are pulled  they  can fall under inspection process.

BUT what if people don’t ask them in or  pull those permits – and that does happen a lot believe me – happened to  the house  next door to  me on both  sides – one is now  demoed). You  see not everyone follows the rules ( if they  did we wouldn’t have these structures in the first place!!!!

 

I was very  interested in the mold abatement – and it seems   an unscrupulous builder, contractor  could very  well come in spray  the bleach  , chemicals  put up new drywall  change out the carpets and Voila…..you  are non the wiser…… unless the Building Dept are asked in………. Yes I  can see that happening with  especially  the out of town LLC’s – I  don’t think so!!!!! From the City  of Lorain BHP dept.

As to going in and inspecting the removal of mold etc. the Building Department has to be scheduled for an inspection. If the owner would like us to be out there for that inspection – we would go. In other words – we just can’t show up and expect to be invited in.

As far as the electrical, plumbing, heating etc. All of that work (the rough in inspections, undergrounds) will probably require permits (any new wiring, furnace/ac, water lines etc. require permits). Those inspections are encompassed within the Building Permit (and required Building Code regulations).

 

We, the law abiding citizens and property  owners ,  are not protected by  a system that has no  accountability – and so  it continues  – back to 1348 West Erie  next time …….. Welcome to  my  parlor  (Lorain) said the fly  to  the spider – slice us and dice up

To Be Continued

 

November 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm 5 comments

Nov 3rd – Moments to Hold- Chris Ritchey

Thanks to  school starting times , every  weekday morning I spend with  your nephews Gavin and Braedyn.  I am lucky  in that respect  every    morning I  see the two  little boys so  dear to  my  heart and to  my  happiness.

 

Gavin , is definitely  the morning person, he is chatty  and excited about his day. Braedyn is just like me , we do  not do  mornings at all well.  Leave us alone, don’t  force us awake into  the morning, especially  when it is dark out.

Knowing how to  wake a non-morning person is half the battle .  So for now, after everyone has left , tiptoeing into  the bedroom ,  a gentle rub on the back, a small warm plump  hand of a little one, curls warmly  around my  fingers, a soft pink cheek flushed with  sleep  and for just an instant  a tiny  start of a smile plays across his lips, ,then the realization it is time to  wake- don’t talk , move quietly , let the half asleep non morning person dictate the waking process.

 

My  hand rests upon  silk soft curls  and a kiss on the forehead can be met with  an unknown response – depending on the mood.  I wouldn’t change one thing, and I  hold those moments in my  heart – the laughter of Gavin  so grown up – his take on the world as he has his breakfast, his humour a lot like yours , Braedyn’s temper so  much  like mine and yours, soon over it and then all smiles and hugs.

Soon Braedyn  will wake with  the rest of the household, no  more moments of the time of warm wakefulness- the time between dreaming and morning for me. He will be too much  of a big boy . But I  will hold these moments, grab onto  them  as they  melt away   too soon.

Moments of you  fly  into  my  mind all day  and most of the nights, some are of another little boy’s silky  hair, skin so  warm and soft, arms  reaching out , chubby  fingers, hearing your voice,

“come up  and kiss me goodnight”

stroking your cheek, a kiss on the forehead a smile……….-

And then  there are the moments that come unbidden , a man full grown but still my  child ,  a hand that squeezed mine  when  you  could not talk , silenced by  the vent , with  such strength I  jumped with  surprise…..what was it you  were trying to  say ????

… my  thoughts vary  was it goodbye, was it a final I love you …

Your cheek as soft and warm as any  child  . I stroked your forehead and placed cool compresses that final night, kissed your burning forehead  knowing something was very  wrong.

My  heart rages within me  trying to  hold onto  the moments of you…..

 

 

I love you  Chris  , you  are not forgotten, two  little boys know you and you  are a part of our mornings, days  weeks, months and lives………

November 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm 3 comments

Lorain’s housing- the owners of the dirty diaper- PT1

Come into my  parlor said the FLY to  the SPIDER – Lorain being the name of the FLY  and the SPIDER -???)  

Notorious Opponents of Exactitude

 

I am not an inspector, I am not a builder, I am not a politician ,  I am not a legal eagle , ( although in some cases around this  “wonderland”  the eagle fails to  fly )I admit I  have no  qualifications what so ever pertaining to  “housing” I am however an “expert taxpayer”.  I didn’t come down with  yesterday’s shower and I am not a complete fool.

I have written about housing in this city  for years on various blogs, been picked up by  national and local media- brought situations to  the fore- and still the same behaviours when it comes to  “predatory property LLC’s “continue …

Back to  Lorain City  Hall on October 19th  and the Demolition Board of  Appeals – ( why ? when I  said I was done!) because the icon house of  thousands of my  words and documentation was on the list. 1348 West Erie

 

In 2012 I  wrote about this house situated in one of the better areas and also along the main thoroughfare into  what is called “Lorain’s downtown, business , entertainment, waterfront, social service and law offices abound  District“-

In 2012, as  I wrote about this home,  we thought the house was one of the oldest , historically  speaking in Lorain according to  Ohio  Historic Inventory

only  to  do  some detective work to see the original house on that site was destroyed by   the 1924 Lorain Tornado . After the tornado a home was built over the original foundation  – https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/lorains-history-mystery-the-wurmser-house-a-tale-of-two-houses/

 

It wasn’t another tornado causing this home  to be on the demo  list.There is a  blockage in the bowels of the building housing and planning system and Lorain’s right to  decent housing .

The system is clogged, broken and the cause of a lot of Lorain’s housing ills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cartoon Source – Sannimas – https//www.sswm.com

So who or what  Lorain City  /  Lorain County  Dept is  helping to fill the dirty  diaper of decay , to  bugger up the system causing the foul stench  to  permeate Lorain’s  older neighborhoods , streets and if something is smelling in Denmark

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”

it is positively  putrid ( in my  opinion) in Lorain!

The social media will have discussions of conspiracy, kickbacks  and anecdotal evidence-  to  be fair  that has happened – ( William Desvari Chief Building Inspector under Mayor Craig Foltin)  comes to  mind .. Those decisions made during that time  have resurfaced just a few weeks ago

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/am-i-bovvered-lorain-fire-in-the-belly/

The mere fact reports stated from the Chronicle Telegram Newspaper that earlier in another administration ( Foltin) “inspections were “case closed” by an administration that was “landlord friendly” on this building.
http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2017/08/07/Section-of-Broadway-remains-closed-until-Thistle-Building-is-razed.html

http://www.morningjournal.com/article/MJ/20120427/NEWS/304279955  The date on that particular article was around the same time the 1348 House documentation was starting to  be  written.

Even before that  2012  article the rot  was setting in , the “waste product “of”friendly inspections”    brokehomes      started to clog the flow. Yes   we did have the issues  of fraud  etc in the Building Dept.


http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07/lorains_chief_building_officia.html

Desvari was placed on paid administrative leave in February while police investigated accusations of accusations of dereliction of duty, conflict of interest and issuing improper building permits against him. He was hired in 2003 for the $63,000-a-year job.

In 2004, he was charged with falsifying his job application for not disclosing felony convictions of fraud, forgery, theft and passing bad checks, all from Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court between 1987 and 1990.

And the tale continued http://www.chroniclet.com/news/2012/08/06/Former-Lorain-official-dies-while-awaiting-trial.html

You see it wasn’t that he was  a fraud and a thief  – known to  have issues, criminal  charges and legal issues  but the fact that HE WAS HIRED by the Foltin Admin in the first place is my  issue  .   And  WHY when the initial reports of his  “iffy  ” resume  reached us through the media  – where was our outrage -why  didn’t we use our collective voices to  say  NO!  this isn’t right?

Did not Mayor Foltin, at the time, do due diligence he was and is a very  intelligent person, you  mean to  say  he did not  check the on line university  for the degree of Billy  Boy was  well pretty  much non  existent. Well the diaper may  not have been full but it was fast becoming  smelly. There were certainly enough red flags back then but it seems  the Foltin Administration  REPUBLICAN- 2000-2008 were  red / green color blind.

Of course we also  had issues with  the next administration  this time DEMOCRAT- 2008-2012 Mayor Krasienko  – and that is still on going – a Safety  Service Director – Robert Gilchrist  ( also  a resume that had flags) who  was less than desirable  and one of whose participation in the loan program   is still under investigation by  the FBI- Photo source Gilchrist’s Mug shot ( but I ask you  who  is really  the “mug” in all this????

http://www.chroniclet.com/news/2016/07/08/FBI-probes-loan-program-by-Lorain-Development-Corp-ran-for-city.htmlhttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/tag/robert-gilchrist-service-director-lorain/

 

Of course the whole 5th floor of city  hall was also now starting to  reek from the odours  as to those in charge- we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Sandy  Prudoff – controversial  head of Community  Development for many  , many  years ……… http://www.cleveland.com/countyincrisis/index.ssf/2012/06/sanford_prudoff_former_lorain.html

Sanford Prudoff, former Lorain official, pleads guilty to conspiracy; will testify against Anthony O. Calabrese III

found also  to  be entangled with   Attorney  Calabrese who worked for the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP 

This law firm was brought into  the city  also  under the Foltin administration (according to  Lorain City  documentation)

http://www.morningjournal.com/article/mj/20131118/NEWS/131119348

Cleveland law firm to pay Lorain $3 million (with video)

http://www.cleveland.com/countyincrisis/index.ssf/2013/11/anthony_o_calabreses_former_la.html

You  can see why  people in chat rooms and face book pages call out corruption and kickbacks no  matter who  is in city  hall or on city  council . The smell of those involved  hasn’t gone away  and lingers on those who  now  work in the city  environment and I  can  see the diaper  being filled .

The smell oozing through the political cracks  did start  to  attract attention and although we can “hopefully”  eventually   catch  those  that add to  our  decaying housing, decaying building who  are found to  be crooks -gaining money  and power through nefarious means  –they  are the least of our worries .

No,  it is my  opinion what is happening now to  fill the diaper , which  is causing the blockage in the “system” of decent housing is far more dangerous- yes money   and a lot of it is involved , but LEGALLY –  which  is even more  horrendous than all the  fraudsters we have had though the years.  WE ARE INVITING THEM IN TO  THIS COMMUNITY –  we are the little fly  inviting in the great big money  grabbing salivating spider and its enablers!

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/when-vision-is-cloudy-property-holding-llcs-ny-times/

 

TO  BE CONTINUED ……………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm 2 comments

Money where your mouth Is – Part 7


Part One- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-one/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/june-3rd-your-truth-chris-ritchey
Part Two- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/money-where-your-mouth-is-the-process-part-two/
Part Three- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-3/
Part Four- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-4/
Part Five – https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-5/
Part Six- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-six/

It was just over a  year ago when we were working to create a garden from the muck  and mire   lot next door. We could have just  taken down the large dangerous tree and mowed grass.

However, for many years I had had to block views from that lot- when it held one of the “rentals” of Lorain and finally the vacant lot of “long grass and critters – of both two legged and 4 legged kind.
Apart from the fact, I had made promises to the City of Lorain ,   we would make the lot desirable and would enhance the ambiance, stop the 4th street cut though from the alley and parking of marine and construction vehicles and accumulate trash, I needed to be able to find at least a little joy in looking out of my windows. I no longer wanted to shudder at the construction parking lot and marinas we had put up with for many months, the  tenants from hell in the little brown house as it slowly deteriorated. I wanted a little peace and not angst . Part 1 through 6 will tell you of that journey.

We were almost finished with the hardscape and clearing of  lower lot in July of last year (2016)when illness struck and the 2nd phase of the lot behind the fence had to take a step back.
Lower front 2016

and then same time  2017

The illness held up Phase 2 for at least two months. There we were with dump trucks full of in fill dirt needing to be moved and levelled, 9 trees- fruit and evergreen -to be planted and Lilly pond to be dug. What a mess we were in.

Also when we took down that very large tree so close to our house we realized that side of the house needed to be painted ( well Klinar of the Building Dept. didn’t have to tell me that I could see it.) This meant more expense as the whole house need to be painted.

I can’t say I didn’t have two willing helpers whilst their “Poo Bah” was in hospital – they worked that dirt….


They more than made up for the weed letter from the City of Lorain and Building Dept. complained to by the “King of Construstruction” ( which of course turned out to be Swiss Chard, Morning Glories and Mint on my property poking through the fence in the alley .


https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/municipal-manipulation-lorain-e-again/
One thing leads to another, apart from educating the city inspectors as to what is a weed and what is food we then had to stop  put screening around the chain link fence to contain the garden and plant tall “ornamental grasses “ to stop prying “alley commandos” from their vigilante inspection process”
The offending weeds ( spot the weeds in the fence ??)
and the same view after the screen of prying eyes fame

More expense and time and effort.

October 2016 found things getting better and the garden crew ( Gavin and Braedyn) were busy digging and the fruit trees were planted along with the layout for the “Lilly ponds”. The snows stopped work, but Spring found the need to put in a gravel parking spot and gravel along the alley – yet more money – but the fruit trees started to blossom, the Lilly ponds and dry stream bed feature brought flowers and smiles from behind the fence

Lilly pond and dry stream bed
Spring/Summer was busy this year peach blossoms in the mini orchard turned to peaches, apples, plums and cherries blossomed but another year is needed.

Scarecrows to guard the crops.
and planting to be done , ponds to be filled


Slowly the grass came in enough on the back lot-

then came the weed whacking and tidying

Sunflowers bloomed and sheds for tools put together

 and the corn grew,

Lily pads and still ponds thrived the sunlight

Roses Lilacs and rhubarb…

And a Scotch Broom sweeps clean 😉

So here we are 18 months later $20,000 dollars poorer – this put up a fence and a mini orchard and just mow turned into something much , much more than envisioned.  I am more relaxed and happy as I look out of the windows although the project that nearly killed the gardener…

but we have kept our word to the city administration and to ourselves remained true.

After Phase One we sent an update  of the front lot project to  the City  Of Lorain- we had used 6 local businesses, 10 ( men employed by  contractors) and spent $11,045.50

Phase Two  , we used  5 local businesses , materials, labor  etc came to  another $8,935.00 and still climbing ….

 The collage: Today Oct 2017:

 

Before

 

Soon the snow will fly  and next spring , hopefully all being well, tweeking will be done  and the gardens will continue to “bear fruit”.  Some have mentioned we were stupid to  put that amount of money  into  an empty  lot in “Low rain”  but this is our neighborhood, our home . We certainly  can’t make a difference on other neighboring streets, or  the “downtown” but we could make a difference on this old block, give the school kids and teachers a better view , show a little pride  and  put our money  where my  mouth is ! After all I  can’t criticize unless I am prepared to  do  my  bit to  beautify  this old neighborhood.

October 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm 2 comments

Oct. 3rd – the NON Viking funeral – Chris Ritchey

My mood has not changed, nothing seems to rouse me from my lethargic state of mind , not the ongoing hurricanes, the issues with Lorain, happiness when having one of my favourite people in the world visit- at least there was at last some laughter.

I have been Roku jumping from one channel to another from histories to murders and the ongoing documentaries of “end of life rituals” from around the world.

End of Life rituals- those rituals to give the dead their honor and due and supposedly give those that mourn some comfort and an outlet for their grief. Those were denied to your family by Tim and Sue Lombardi and their collective family , their daughter Angela of the do over Chris and wedding ritual, the Vyka, Gott, Zaworski, and Gonzales and even the “man of God- Father Daniel Divas . They took any honoring of your name Ritchey and any of our end of life ritual away from your family.https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-memory-of-vipers-chris-ritchey/

They could not take everything though from your aged grandmother , your father , sister, nephew and brother in law. As I was told of Angela’s ( a complete misnomer in that name in my opinion ) decision to withhold you from us and to take you that burying place- not of your faith and a place so intensely disliked by you (after experiencing their ritual of one of their own at that cemetery) and denying the time and place or knowledge of their rites to us . I knew that at least we had to try and I had to try to give to you what I could – to send your body from this dimension with love. Did those cretins of the cremains honestly believe I would let you go without honoring you and being involved in your goodbye? You were and are MY son I gave you life , I loved you in life , in death and now.

As I read the words of denial penned by your “bride” – I remembered the Viking ship. The ship you had to make for a class at LCCC- the brief- a piece of work made with all natural materials sourced from your home – you sat and carved and cut from a log from the wood pile, tree branches from your tree planted as a child, a piece of deer skin found in the garage and scraped down for the sail and finally burning not painting the decoration to add to the dimension.

I knew that Viking Ship which I carried around to college visits when you were transferring from LCCC was the closest thing I could do to give to you to honor the bravery of your fight against that disgusting disease. Your Nana called you her Viking and you were a warrior, so brave, hiding from us your pain. Something to show our love as well- the little England bear purchased from Harrods by you for me when you were returning from soccer in Manchester. I carried that little bear with me in those first dreadful days after you died whilst meanness , selfishness and grief fragmented us beyond all being . It was still damp from my tears.

So as your last journey took you into the flames we did our best to honor you , love you and negate the poison and irreverence shown by others, the items of love from us all- those denied – were with you ……. we still miss you every day and love you more than ever…….

October 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm 2 comments

Sept 3rd – Houston- Chris Ritchey


https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/28/the-stunning-images-from-record-setting-flooding-in-houston-texas.html
It amazes me sometimes when “connectivity ” happens in my life. Houston has been on the news all week with Hurricane Harvey and the great flood. I watched those streets on the television , buildings, roads , homes and areas I knew so well faced with the deluge and felt helpless and sad – something I have been feeling every day since you became ill.

The memories of those areas and another “Labor Day weekend” and the trip to MD Anderson to save your life.

“the only hope for a “cure was SGN 35” stated the officious (imho) Dr. Pohlman of the Cleveland Clinic as they brushed you off and away from their “treatment” closed to you – https://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff/900-brad-pohlman – the man with hands as cold as ice. Houston we found had the SGN35 trial so with credit card in hand we rushed to Houston. We did go to MD Anderson, Houston and hope was reborn.

Two months I stayed with you in Houston in order for you to have the treatments . When you were feeling alright we toured the city tried to take our minds away from dying. In Houston we had a lovely couple take you under their wing. We were invited to their home and to their ranch. My fond memories of them and their caring hospitality came “flooding” back as I toured, through the news media ,once more those well known streets.

The memories of you on their ranch driving the feed tractor – riding horses – touring Galveston- the cattle on the ranch and the drying up fishing pond ( due to the drought they were having) the plague of red ants . I wondered how they were fairing, those cattle -were they flooded and struggling, the streets I recognized only from the before photos.

The elation I felt on that November 7th day when your scans showed clear https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/an-update-houston-and-hodgkins/ only to come crashing into hell less than a month later when you died on Dec. 3rd…. the hope that was Houston obliterated.

Yes! Houston – a city that gave us hope and welcome – I cry for Houston may they find their hope – I will always be thankful for their friendship – and I was thankful for those last days I had with you – but the memories are painful … I love you Chris that never goes away but gets stronger with each tear.

September 3, 2017 at 11:29 am 1 comment

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