Category Archives: Blackston Lake

Exploration

  What was your last exploration, sometimes you get in the car and just drive down a street you’ve never been on…. what do you see?  Old cemetery you wander through,  trees you have to stop and walk over to see its true beauty only to look up into the orange leaves, there is the biggest wasp nest ever right over your head.                 Needless to say I walked very fast back to my car after taking a photo. Now let’s see what Craig and Carla find? 

 

The group headed out at 10 Wednesday morning for their exploration. Tommy and Carla were in back with their cameras, Tommy showing her how the camera worked.

“Did you have anything special in your plans for today Carla?” Howard asked as Carla replied to him.

“I thought about cleaning and see what else we missed in the attic but, this sounds like more fun. I’ve never been in a helicopter before.”

They took photos of all the gas wells. Walking around Carla and Tommy kept the camera up taking photos of everything. Tommy showed Carla how to keep her finger on the shutter and make a video, flying low enough for the cameras to be shooting the whole trip.

Howard and Craig talked and walked over all the property. They continued the same
procedure over at the oil wells property.

While in the air, Carla and Tommy played with the zoom on the cameras, taking pictures of everything they flew over, especially the town and lake.

“Howard that roof looks bad.” Craig advised pointing down.

“Yes is the address or street visible to anyone?”

Howard asked as Tommy answered, “I got it Dad.”

Carla inquired, “Howard what’s that corner where the trees are? Across from the Café I don’t see anything there?”

Craig started to answer as Howard looked at him with his sinister grin and a wink, slowing shaking his head, before he answered her question. “Carla, it’s just 2 vacant lots
right now, we haven’t found out who it belongs to yet.”

“Thanks Howard. It would make a real nice little park.”

Craig noticed the smile Howard had now; I wonder what he’s up too. Craig tilted his
head as he looked at Howard. Craig jotted a note on his tablet, ‘HA can
I get an explanation on that’ and showed it to Howard, who just nodded
his head this time.

“Ok partner where to next,” Howard asked.

“Take a flight over my place Howard, all the land. I’d like to get a picture of it especially those jetties and the woods. Roger that Craig,”

“You two back there pictures left Tommy, Carla right.”

“Roger that.”

“There are a few buildings down there on my side Mr. Jones.” Tommy stated.

“Craig I have big tire tracks down on the north side” Carla said.

“I see that, maybe that was from all the construction, have to investigate that later” Craig replied.

“Barn next, I’m hungry Dad,” Tommy asked.

Howard replied to his son “Will all go get pizza after we land and get the chopper put to bed. Call the Corner and order us a meat lovers and a veggie Carla, it should be ready by the time we head that way.”

 

Veil

                See how Carla’s original reason for making a call, turns into a interesting cash idea… 

 

Carla worked on the flowerbed since it was a cool day and filled the crock-pot full of stew for dinner. She placed a call to Sylvia Smith, Mark’s mother; she had to return the veil and did not have any information on this Aunt Trudy.

“Mrs. Smith its Carla Jones, I’m sorry to bother you, but Paula loaned me a veil for the wedding. She said it was her Aunt Trudy’s and I need to return it I was hoping you could help me.”

“Oh Carla, are you all right? Mark and Paula did some terrible things to you.”

“Mrs. Smith I’m fine. I hope everything will come out ok for Mark and Paula.” Carla admitted to Mark’s mother.

“Trudy has a big retro clothing store in Chicago, her number is. Actually she’s coming to town this next weekend I could have her stop by.” Sylvia said.
“Maybe, when I get all the old clothes sorted out that would be good. I just need to get this veil returned for the time being. Thank you Mrs. Smith.” Carla thanked her friend’s mother.

“You’re welcome. Keep in touch Carla, you’re a dear.” That was an interesting call, Carla thought.

Jake

               How wonderful to finally be able you have a brother! Or perhaps it’s a friendship that becomes so close and dear to your heart you can call them your brother or sister. Here’s a snip of Carla and Jake Covertry react together.

“Mrs. Carla Jones, please hold on for  Mr. Covertry.”

“Carla.”

“Jake, how are you?” Carla asked feeling goose bumps all over.

“I’m fine but that’s immaterial, how are you?” Jake asked explaining his sudden call, “I received a call from Detective Black of Centerville Police Department, seems AC and I are prime witnesses to a case against your stalker.”

“Really Jake, you’re going to help me?” Carla exclaimed putting her hand over her mouth.

“Damn straight we are, that son of a bitch, excuse my French that pea brain is so stupid to think he can mess with my friends!” Jake stated.

“Carla I need to find out if you’re ok, I’ve cleared the next hour to talk to you. I want you to describe your husband in terms I will understand.”

Carla giggled and smiled as she answered his question, “Ok Jake, still breeding your Portuguese Water Dogs?”

“Yes Carla why” Jake replied.

Carla knew how to describe Craig now, “Ok Craig Augustus Jones III: active, tall, strong, agile, intelligent, loyal, obedient, protective, rescuer, true, dependable, tenacious, benefactor, romantic and stellar.”

Jake sat back smiling and said “Well Carla, that’s quite an animal so to speak, where’d you find him?”

Laughing Carla finally said “Jake you’re not going to believe this. Work, I’ll do a summation for you. A weekly long stem red rose every Monday for 2 years. A 1943 bottle of Dom chilled to perfection, the cork popped, your lover and you still in the glow, ready for some bubbly, and all he can say is “vinegar . . . no bubbles babe just baubles.”

Jake started to laugh “So then what.”

Carla continued with her story, “Well the bottle held rough cut diamonds, I now have two tennis bracelets and matching earrings complete with a wine cellar in a 30’s mansion. I stepped foot in his ‘old relic’ as he called it about 7 months ago, after helping with the decorating and remodel during the late winter, spring bloomed and so did we. Jake the man never touched me for 4 months and when he did, we were married 2 months later. I honestly feel like I’m starring in a 40’s movie.” Carla felt a warm blush rise up in her face and smiled, remembering the beginning of their love.

“Carla, Detective Black said they found a few bottles of that 1943 Dom in Mark’s car.”

“Yes among other things, as you are now aware of or we wouldn’t be talking.”

“Carla, Craig makes you happy in all things?” Jake inquired.

“Yes Jake, in all areas, he even had H&A Security install electronic fencing around all the property and house just to make us more secure. Jake, I love you but nothing like the love I have now for Craig. We we’re different, more brother-sister love.”

Carla giggled when Jake said, “I know, but we had fun!”

“Yes we did Jake.”

“Don’t worry Carly AC and I will handle this, hope to see you soon.” Jake stated in brotherly fashion.

“You too Jake, thanks.” Carla grabbed a few tissues, but the tears never came as she expected.

Deep Trouble

“Samuel, how are you?” Mark asked as he answered his phone, walking out of the bedroom where he and Paula were talking.

“Are you in a quiet place to talk, I need to bring you up to speed on Craig?”

Samuel stated, waiting for Mark’s reply. “Yea I can talk now, what’s up? Paula and I are headed to our court dates tomorrow.”

“Here’s the scoop Mark; the bastard fired me, via a fucking voice mail. He didn’t even have the guts to tell me face to face!” Samuel was screaming into the phone.

“Why?” Mark inquired as he could hear something hit the floor.

“All Craig said was he doesn’t believe that I have his best interest at heart anymore and his life’s goals and agenda have changed. It’s Carla I just know it, she’s such a controlling bitch!”

“Wow Samuel, that’s some strong words.”

“She has taken control of our cash cow, watch yourself my friend . . . you know she has him wrapped around her finger. He even has the whole property set up with a security system and a big wrought iron fence. Now you have to ask to get on his property! What the hell, he’s acting like he’s…”

Mark imagined what Samuel looked like right now that balding head turning beat red and pacing the floor, he heard something break. “Samuel calm down. Surely, there is a logical explanation. There was an incident not too long ago.”

“But Howard didn’t do the fencing. I called and asked him. He said that was Craig’s business if he wanted to use someone else.”

“Samuel calm down, surely you have other client’s, just move on!”

“Mark you’re not listening to me damn It HE was my business . . . You can’t live on flimsy
divorce cases from nuts like Aileen, she said he would be worth it, and she was right. I focused on him only, this phone call from him cost me 50 K!”

“What? Samuel you have other clients?”

“NO MARK I’m warning you he’s become tighter than a . . .” “I’m leaving town!”

Mark started talking “But Samuel you’re representing us . . .”

The only sound was the dial tone Mark closed his phone, his legs giving way as he dropped down hard on the floor, and screamed out. “Shit, we’re in deep trouble Paula!”

Hello

Been scratching my head for the past month, doing my blog but no views…  Can I blame a furry visitor?

DUH somehow the senior side of the brain disconnected my social media, can’t say for sure who was to blame for such a goof, weather, the fingers hitting the wrong keys. Oh maybe it was a lack of caffeine day.

 

 

Fun

Anyone out there spend a day at Wrigley watching a double header and the Cubs won both game? 

“Blackie, where are we?” “Just coming into Valpo, Aurelio’s to be precise, thought a little nostalgia would be fun, since were only an hour away from home. Beer and Pizza anyone” Blackie asked.
It was almost 9 when they got home. “How about Awlsport Café for breakfast tomorrow, and a Cubs game, I’ve got 4 free tickets,” Blackie asked.

“Sounds great, what time 8?” Craig asked. “We’ll be ready this time.”

Blackie helped Craig unloaded the purchases and said good night. Carla fixed the coffee pot before she took off her shoes. “No doorbells tomorrow.” The Joneses slowly walked up the stairs, set the bedside alarm, fell asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow.

6:30 the alarm went off, Carla went down to fill 2 cups of coffee as Craig hit the shower. Carla greeted him in the doorway with a cup of coffee as he came out of the bathroom. “Morning sunshine, I saved the hot water for you today.” kissing Carla as they passed.

“I didn’t get the papers yet,” Carla said.

8 AM, sharp Amy drove up in her new SUV Craig and Carla where ready and walked out the door to meet them. “Nice ride Amy, Blackie getting the day off today?”

“Yep, she wanted to drive.” They all laughed heading to Awlsport Café for their famous breakfast buffet and Craig bought breakfast since Blackie had bought dinner last
night.  They headed out “Wrigley Field here we come!”

They had a beautiful day in Chicago at the ballpark. The weather was 80 with perfect blue sky and a slight breeze coming off the lake mixed in with the hot dogs and beers.

There was a double header and the Cubbies’ won, their dinner was at the pub across from the ballpark. Everyone was laughing and having fun. The group arrived back home early evening and sat on the patio with beer watching the sun go down and talking. “Amy and Blackie, thanks so much for including us in your weekend. It was a real pleasure, lots of fun and a wonderful diversion,” Craig said holding Carla’s waist.

“It was fun and will have to do it again real soon, take care, Craig you too, Carla, see you later!” Blackie said as Amy waved “Bye.”

Craig whisked Carla up in his arm. “Wow Craig, you got some raging hormones going on.” “Yes Carla I do and it’s all because of you!”

“Ooh Craig . . .

Silly Things

Enjoying friends going to a festival or craft fair allows you to be free and sometime silly. Buying things you’d never buy elsewhere or the whimsical things you find or perhaps something to make…
“Yes and no, Blackie it was something that had to be done so the new garage could be started. Carla really found more jars earlier, and until the storm in July knocked down the tree, the garage was not in the plans. Luckily, I did not throw out the old tools; don’t know where that claw came from. My bride is full of interesting surprises.”
“Look Blackie, garden tools,” Craig grabbed his arm and walked in to the tent.

“Are you going to leave anything in here, Craig?”

“Just help me, oh can you carry these?” Craig asked.

“Yes,” Blackie offered a hand with packages. “Let’s get these to the car, she loves to play in the dirt, Blackie,” he said.

“She’s an old fashion gal Craig, a real keeper!”

At 1, everyone met at the restaurant. “I’m starving,” the girls said as they waited for their table rearranging their purchases in Amy’s cart. “This is what I like about this craft show. This place has the best food and its open all year.”

The food came to the table served family style, and everyone dug in. “Craig I must admit, I was afraid to ring the bell this morning, didn’t want to interrupt,” Blackie said. Craig snickered as he saw Carla blush. Everyone kept eating and an hour later Craig asked, “So what’s next on the agenda Blackie.”

“More shopping,” the girls said, “Meet you at the car 4 PM sharp.”

The  men took off strolling through more of the booths joking and talking. “Craig look.” as Blackie grabbed his arm, “A Bikini clad lady covered in mud yard stake. You have to have this ornamental yard stake, its Carla, Craig.”

“Yes I do need that,” he said snickering, “Blackie you had better come to my rescue if she gets mad, because I’m blaming you.” Craig laid down a 20 on the counter laughing.

Carla and Amy were in heaven finding all types of clothes and accessories. They shared ideas that went racing through their mind of things to make. “What Carla?” Amy asked after seeing a glimmer in her eye.

“Craft idea Amy, look at all this fleece we can make throws for the games; University of Illinois, Purdue all the schools! Gotta get some, Amy!”

“But, the whole bolt, Carla?”

“You bet cha. What it won’t spoil!” Amy started laughing so hard she almost fell over the cart. Back at the car a few minutes after 4 PM, the purchases needed their
own seat.

“What have you two been buying? Is there anything left?” The guys laughed.

They headed back west on US 6 just the driving was enough to put Craig and Carla to sleep. “Look at them Blackie all cuddled up.” Amy said touching Blackie’s leg and smiled.

“Sure would be better if you two quit talking,” Craig said as Carla stirred in his arms.

He reached down and kissed her forehead. “Sorry folks, didn’t mean to doze off, where are we?” Carla stretched her arms and legs, “You are comfy to fall asleep on Craig.” Everyone started to laugh.