Thank you Serena!

Open HouseIt’s been an interesting weekend.  Dad’s house is on the market and we’ve already had offers and counter-offers.  I feel like a ping pong ball trapped between the paddle and the table.  This current potential buyer hopes to snag the property for a low dollar amount, likely turning it into a rental house.


That’s my final offer!

I will be glad when this chapter is over… The process of showing  the house is turning out to be a royal pain in the fanny… It seems there is something zany happening every minute!  The other night someone opened a bedroom window and left it raised… lovely.  A person unplugged the pole lamps in the living room which I was using for security at night.  During a showing, someone peed in the toilet and didn’t flush.  What a nice thing to come home to!  I’d like to return the favor!

Animal Control Truck

That would be a nice stealth truck for Serena and I…

Here’s the worst event…Saturday I was accused of animal neglect.  A person from the morning real estate showing turned me in to the animal cops and said Jesse and Serena are neglected and the house is filthy... The cats have been staying in the laundry room and garage but are well taken care of.  When I returned home, the scary animal transport truck was sitting in front of the house.

 I let the officer come in and look around.  He commented about how clean the house is and that the complaint was unfounded.  I brought Serena in from outside and the animal cop was curious why she had been sleeping in a cargo van.  I explained that while retrieving something she had run outside and right into the camper van – kitty likes to go camping can fishing!


Neglected and mistreated? Yeah, I am… But their lives are happy at least! 🙂

The animal control officer liked Serena and was impressed with her condition and plush coat for being 16 years old.

Jesse James was not much help though.  He hid under a desk in the garage looking like one of those sad-eyed kitties from the animal abuse commercials.  But thanks to outgoing little Ree Ree (Serena) who purred and showed affection for the officer and I, it was obvious that the kitties are okay.  You’d be hard pressed two find two more loved (and spoiled) animals!

Hopefully this house drama will be over soon and we can relocate to the farm.  In any case, a Decorah fishing trip is planned later in the week so Serena and I can get some fresh air and unwind a bit.  Watch for pictures!

Have a terrific week.

Bradford, the “Van Trekker”

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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2 Responses to Thank you Serena!

  1. Jerry says:

    WOW Brad

    Nothing is more scary then a gov employee at your door, saying I’m here to help, i’m glad you survived the grilling & did not end up in Jail ;-))

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jerry. Selling the house has been a true pain in the a$$. After getting turned into the animal cops by some wacko do-gooder, we had another incident. I don’t think I’d mentioned this before but while in Decorah the last time, some evildoer broke into the house and started a small fire in a cupboard. Thankfully it extinguished itself. Four days from now I’ll be out of there and away from the city life. 🙂