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Thursday, July 14, 2011


For the past few months, I’ve been spending most of my time in my sister’s basement.  Now, before you think of creepy, cobwebby dingy spaces, understand this was a full bedroom suite with bath, walk-in closet, and stunning view of the lake.  Oh, and a small kitchen, media room, pool table room, second bedroom . . .you get the general idea . . .

You might think—Geez, what’s the deal?  Is Lisa Jackson just a mooch?

Well . . .yes, maybe a little.  There is a slight chance I overstayed my welcome, but I started out in the basement for legit reasons.

I was recovering from back surgery.  Nancy graciously decided to take care of me after my stint in the hospital.  No, she’s not usually prone to being Nancy Nurse, but I was in a bind.  She cooked for me, washed my clothes, did my errands, you name it.  (I consider this payback for the way she used to sneak my clothes out of my closet when we were in high school.  She’d show up later in the day wearing my ultra cool outfits.  How’s that for nervy?)

But I digress.  Back to my eviction.  Eventually all of Nancy’s good deeds paid off. I healed and just never bothered to grab my dog and move out.

Why would I?  With a king sized bed and a gi-normous flatscreen, even a special chair for me to write in (when I wasn’t watching TV or staring at the lake) I was set. Yep, I settled in for the long haul.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end, right?  Nancy just happened to find a whole ‘nother family to fill her basement.  (Now how did that happen?) so I got the boot!

It’s not so bad though.  I did go home and it’s great . . . I just may have to upgrade my television though.  Bigger really is better!


  1. I am like you Lisa, when you need help you turn to the person who can take you in. One of those persons would be my Aunt Mae, my mom's sister.. She has a spare room, but does not have the big screen tv, but she is a good cook and at 82 she can still drive... She has been a life saver..

    I also have a cousin, my mother's brothers daughter who takes me in from time to to time too.. and one of my brothers.. Thanks god us single people have someone to turn to..I also have friends who take me in from time to time.

    My mother was in a nursing home for a year and half and I always needed somewhere to stay overnight sometimes when I went to visit her. I live out of town. Now she is gone, but all of these people still let me bunk in with them, when I need to go into the city..

    PS: I live in a basement apartment and it very much like what your sister has, except my bathroon is not off the bedroom and I have a seperate living room, dining area and kitchen.. And I have to upgrade my TV too..

  2. Glad you are feeling better, Lisa :)