As most of you know I have been working on this old house and being pretty happy about it. But I was not prepared when I discovered someone had invaded the privacy of my home. I was shocked and scared to learn that someone had been in my house and had hid in the attic while I was at home. The only thing taken was some medication, but they also stole my peace of mind. I was content and happy, in my home. I was job searching and moving forward, trying to move past the loss of my mom, and suddenly I could not move at all. I was frozen by fear trying to figure out how this or these people got into my home and would they come again. The police did not reassure me. Thus new locks on windows and doors, became a top priority. Even with new locks I would block doors or jam a chair underneath a door handle to stop entry. I covered windows to keep prying eyes out and my heart raced and body shook, as I lay in bed at night listening to the sounds in and out of my home. Thus they stole my restful sleep. I discovered I was losing gas from my car. Each week when it was topped off in filling which should have been less then ten dollars turned out to be almost twenty dollars. I left outside lights on and checked my car before going to bed and then during the night to no avail. A locking steering wheel bar and locking gas cap stopped that loss. But it was a loss that stole my faith in my fellow man. It has been almost a month since that discovery day and once again I am moving forward more careful with the knowledge that we are living in a new era where others no longer respect older people and that it is important to keep watch as we go about our daily lives. Keep your doors and windows locked day and night, and be prepared to prevent the loss of your freedom and your peace of mind, by knowing someone may be watching as you come and go. Most important is don't let fear of knowing keep you rooted in one spot. If you notice something odd report it to the police. Tell your neighbors so they can be on alert as well. Safe guard your home and enjoy your retirement and live a life of leisure.