Frank, you and Martha have been to our
house more times than I can count. The same for me and Janice being at
your house. I've known you since before first grade. We've been in the
same church since we were too young to know who we were. We graduated from
high school in the same class here in Woodland Heights in 1961. How you
have remained police chief all these years is a wonder. Before I forget,
Janice says we're all supposed to go eat at the new Chinese buffet over on
the by-pass on Saturday evening.
Anyway, I've got something really strange
going on across the street. Back in January when the snow was still on, a
moving van showed up in the driveway of the Fillins. I can see everything
because, as you know, I sit here in the recliner in front of the picture
window. The moving van was from a company I never heard of. Don't know
where the company is located. The truck backed up in the Fillins'
driveway. Two guys got out and opened up the doors of the van to load the
furniture. I was kind of shocked because neither of the Fillins had said
anything about moving. Course, we don't socialize much with them in the
winter. By the way, they are really great neighbors. Well, the truck
wasn't in the drive way more than fifteen minutes, if that long. Then the
truck was gone. I didn't see the truck drive up or back up in the drive
way. I didn't see the truck pull away. As far as I know, the truck
appeared and disappeared into thin air but maybe I'm missing something.
The Fillins car was also gone from in front of the house.
That evening, there were no lights on in
the house. The next morning, when I went out to get the mail, I noticed
the light meter was gone from the meter mount on the house. I know in some
places, the electric companies take the meter off the house if the house
is empty. So at that point, everything looks normal at the Fillins'. The
moving van appeared on a Wednesday, and I went out to get the mail on
Thursday morning. Thursday evening, the Fillins car was back in driveway
at 5:45 PM just like normal. Remember, there was no electric in the house.
That day, the temp was down around 5 degrees above zero here in Woodland
Heights. It is dark here at 5:45 PM but there is a street light that hangs
over the Fillins driveway so I can clearly see their car. When I saw the
car on Thursday evening, I was thinkin' maybe they forget something in the
move. Of course, I never did figure out how a whole house full of
furniture could get loaded in a manner of minutes but I digress. On
Thursday evening I went to bed about 10:30 PM, after the news. I got up
later at 4:00 AM on Friday morning and the Fillins car was still in the
driveway. So, at that point I am thinking they left the car in the
driveway and slept somewhere else. At about 7:15 AM on Friday, the Fillins
car was in the driveway but in an instant the car was gone somehow, I did
not see the car leave the driveway. No problem here I guess cause they all
go to work at the same time of 7:15 AM. The daughter of the Fillins works
at a bank across the street from the Fillins Temp Service so they all go
to work at the same time. What got me was how fast the car left the
driveway. So, other than a moving van showing up and leaving within an
instant, no electricity in the house, the Fillins' car appearing and being
in the driveway when no one was in the house, everything looks normal.
Friday is trash day and the Fillins had no
trash on the first Friday they had moved away. So everything is normal as
far as the trash is concerned. But that evening, the Fillins' car was back
in the driveway just like normal. Saturday morning, Mrs. Fillins usually
goes to get groceries. But on this Saturday, Mrs. Fillin didn't go
anywhere because the car was in the driveway all day. I was watching
because I had ball games on TV all day and I am watching the Fillins'
place cause my curiosity level is past the maximum mark. We didn't go to
church the next day cause we had about ten inches of snow on Saturday
night and I didn't feel like shoveling. Besides, after the heart attack I
had, the doc says to get someone else to shovel. Now, here is another
weirdness. We had all this snow, but the Fillins car only had a light
dusting of snow, along with the rest of their property. How could it snow
ten inches on my property and everywhere else here in Woodland Heights and
there only be a light dusting of snow on the Fillins property? On the next
day, that would be Monday, the Fillins' car was gone from the driveway at
the regular 7:15 AM and back again that evening. I didn't see any tracks
in the snow in the driveway or going up to the house but I thought maybe
blowing snow covered up the tracks. I still couldn't figure out how these
people could be living in that house with no electric and no heat. I know
for sure the house does not have a fireplace.
About three weeks later, on a Saturday
before my ball games started, I decided to go over and check on the
Fillins. I looked inside the house from the front picture window and the
house was dark and totally empty. No furniture. No steam on the windows as
if there is heat in the house. No trash cans left in front of the house on
Friday's since the moving van showed up. The mail carrier was not leaving
mail for the Fillins. I never saw their car drive into the driveway or
leave the driveway but the car was in and out of the driveway at the
expected times every day. The car would just be there and not be there.
Well, I went over there and the car was in the driveway. Normally, she is
gone to get groceries on Saturday but since the movers came, I guess they
quit eating. Anyways, I go up to the front door and ring the doorbell and
the doorbell rings. I figured, OK, the doorbell is battery operated since
there is no electric in the house. Well, Mrs. Fillin came to the door and
when she opened the door, their living room was full of furniture and I
could see the electric was back on. I said "Hi" and beyond that
I couldn't remember why I went over there, what I said, or anything else.
I remember turning to leave their front porch and walking back to our
house noticing the Fillins' house and front room were dark. They still
have no electric on in the house unless you go to the front door and she
opens the front door. One day, a few days later when their car was gone
from the driveway I walked over to look in the house and there is still no
furniture. Still no light meter on the house. I know they don't have solar
Several months have passed. The property
had very little snow fall on it through the winter, even when the snow was
piled high everywhere else.
Now it's the middle of May and the grass is
growing. At least the grass is growing everywhere except at the Fillins. I
mow my grass at least once a week, sometime more often here in the spring.
With the rider, mowing is a piece of cake. But the Fillins, I am not nuts,
their grass does not grow. They have lovely green grass but the grass does
not grow. I never see Mr. Fillin out mowing like last year. He has to mow
as much as I do but not since the moving van came. In addition, these
people no longer have any trash. Never a trash can on Friday or any other
day. I have never seen them bring home take out, but then again I have
never seen them get in or out of their car either.
There is one other thing. They have a cross
on their front door and side door. Sometimes at night you can see the
crosses sort of lit up but not by much.
Frank, can you look into this. I heard a TV
preacher talking about how we could be in the End Times and a lot of
angels could be on the earth and a lot of strange things are happening,
course I don't much credence in that End Times stuff but…
See you and Martha Saturday evening.
appeared in October, 2009, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com