around here

on thursday morning, as i was opening my living room curtains which face the busy street we live on, i saw a man trying to open the gate to get into our yard

i knocked on the glass window and motioned “NO” to him to not open the gate and come in but he continued to do so

he came into our front yard and walked right up to the window i was standing by and smiled at me freakishly

he was wearing no shoes

i could see right away that he was heavily drugged

he then walked onto the front porch, knocked on the door and wiggled the door knob trying to get into the house

at this point, foxy who thankfully is with me was barking his head off and i had called the police

he continued to stand on my front porch until the police came five minutes after i called

they talked to him, walked him outside of the yard and eventually an EMS truck came and took him to mission hospital to get the proper medical care

since moving to this house in august, this is the fourth homeless/drug situation i have had to deal with and the second time i had to call the police

not feeling safe where i am is an understatement

yesterday i spent the whole day on the phone and on the nextdoor app learning what is happening in asheville and trying to find out how we as a community can help and make a change

i learned that before he came to our house, he tried to get into another neighbor’s house while holding a knife

i learned that asheville has the highest crime rates in this country

i learned that this guy went to the hospital and then was released even though he has a file with the police department because due to covid, jails are not wanting to keep anyone in

i learned that since last may due to covid and funding, our police department is down 53 officers

i learned that even if he was tried in court, he would most likely go free because he was under the influence of drugs while committing a crime

i also learned that this is literally happening ALL over this country mostly in larger cities

it is a failed system all the way around and things need to change

and most likely i will need to move

again

thankful he is here with me

been trying to eat better

but sometimes there are cookies and rainbows for breakfast

and speaking of rainbows, so many of them in the SHOP

and necklaces too

received the greatest late birthday present from my talented friend Justin and i love it so much!

found the perfect frame and spot for it

a snowy sunday moment

but also many sunny ones

zoom ballet audition. proud of her and always miss her when not with her