DAY 11 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

DAY 11

Thursday, JANUARY 12, 2023 @ 12:26 PM ET


I brought over the food and made myself at home at Victor’s house. He was at the airport picking up an uncle whose bags had already arrived. I pulled up to the garage and immediately got a call from Victor telling me he would be along later as he was detained at the airport. I was a little startled that he knew I had arrived. New technology has home security airtight. I feel like I’m being watched by Big Brother. Its spooky.

After about an hour I decided to take my leave and let them get comfortable eating and relaxing as best they could. As I was backing out of the driveway, Victor rang again. “Are you leaving? I’m sorry but still waiting on an uncle.” It was unnerving to say the least. This security will take some getting used to.

My neighbor’s parents passed away and with the passing of her father a couple months ago, she installed cameras because the house is vacant. I’ve been asked to look out for the place as well. Those darn cameras again. She took a snapshot of me going into her home and texted me with it. I was startled again. This is really going to take some getting used to. We also have cameras installed in our security system. So, cameras are rolling all around us. Oh my goodness! What a necessary intrusion in our lives.

My book “SPARE” arrived by UPS … no Amazon Prime truck. I think something is going on because other folks got late delivery as well.

I settled down to read and after about 3 1/2 hours, my eyes became fatigued. The letters are small with over 400 pages of content.

Oh, I almost forgot! I just stumbled across a tweet stating that I just won a Certificate of Recognition for reaching a milestone of blogging for 10 days in the 2023 RRBC 30-Day Blogging Challenge! I see a couple others have also been recognized.


Now I will go through my personal mail and do what is required including filling out a form for my brother to continue receiving some benefits. I am his guardian and have to comply with any and everything and jump through all kinds of hoops to stay in compliance in all areas of his life. And in between I will keep up with my email which can pile up pretty rapidly.

So, I am done blogging for today and will see you tomorrow.

Don’t forget to go to Member Chat after you are done.

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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17 Responses to DAY 11 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

  1. Hi Shirley, I agree with you about the security cameras…almost a necessary evil at this point. I haven’t (yet) had the same experiences you did, but if I did, I would be unnerved as well!

    Best wishes,
    Donna M Atwood
    D M Atwood


  2. I don’t have cameras around my house since I’m not ready for Big Brother’s eyes on me. A few years back, the neighboring house, which stood empty, was broken into, and with the installed cameras, the police apprehended the thief who held a bottle of liquor he managed to steal. This year, burglars broke into my other neighbor’s house. Since she didn’t have cameras or an alarm, the thieves got away with her jewelry. I feel safe for now with my alarm system.

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    • Susanne, there are cameras, rings and all kinds of security in my neighborhood. Before cameras, there were iron gates with locks making it hard for someone to enter your home. Sometimes that wasn’t safe for the occupants either. There was a tragedy in Detroit once where these children were locked inside a gated door and a fire broke out and they were trapped inside. I will never forget it. Hopefully those days are gone.


  3. pdoggbiker says:

    Love my cameras. I did have to adjust the sensitivity at it was alarming when squirrels were running through the yard toward the batch of peanuts and corn on the cob that Jan leaves them. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

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  4. Linda Mims says:

    Hi, Shirley!
    We have cameras and stuff over here, too. One night the camera alarm went off about 3 a.m. We had to look on our system to see which camera. It was the one in the back, set off by a family of deer (3) who were munching happily on the flowers and veggies in our garden, at night!
    I ordered Spare from Audible. Being read to is easier on my eyes right now! Congratulations on 10 (now 11) days!

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  5. Hi Shirley–Yes, we are in Big Brother-land these days, aren’t we? It’s good for security reasons, but it’s kind of creepy still. I’m glad you were able to get food for Victor and Angela. I hope that they’re able to get comfort from their memories.

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  6. patgarcia says:

    Hi, Shirley.
    Times have changed. With the crime rates in some areas, cameras are necessary. Also the more popular you are the more freedom you lose and protection is needed.
    I am happy that you’re there for Victor, and you are the guardian for your brother’s estate. I know it is a lot of work but his estate is in good hands with you.
    Take care and have a Lovely day.
    Shalom aleichem

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  7. I know what you are feeling, Shirley. On my walking path, there is a camera that has its monitoring perimeter to include the sidewalk. Every time I pass by, it says, “Hello. You are being recorded.” It bothers me because I’m not on their private property and don’t like the idea of my walking routine being recorded. But, as you said, it’s a necessary intrusion because of the world we now live in. 😥

    Congratulations on making day 10! It’s been crazy writing and replying on my blog and commenting on every one else’s blog, but I’ve survived this far. I’m sure we will make it to the end. 🙂

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

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    • Yvette, that has to be more unnerving than my experiences. My cameras also detect people on the sidewalk and cars in the perimeter. The only ones annoyed are me and Lank with all the notifications of movements that pings our phones.

      But crimes are probably going down with them.

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  8. Patty Perrin says:

    Hi, Shirley! With your busy life, it’s nice that your book arrived and you can relax and read it. My eyes get increasingly fatigued with all the screen time I’ve been doing these days. Some evenings, I have trouble focusing on the TV and fall asleep during the movies Bill and I watch together. We don’t have security cameras on our house, but all our neighbors do, and nothing gets by them. These days, they’re a necessary evil. Congratulations for reaching the 10-day milestone! I, for one, am glad you’re still blogging.


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