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Old 02/07/15, 02:42 AM
 
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Travis, something tells me it will be Spring at your house long before it gets to mine! Although, with the unseasonably warm weather we've been having, the buds are swelling on my fruit trees and I can hear frogs peeping tonight. Keeping my fingers crossed that we don't get a hard freeze after the buds open.
Homesteader, another WHOOP, WHOOP, WHOOP from my neck of the woods! Good job today, and I sure hope you can move tomorrow.
Westexas, what kind of trees did you order? It's nearly time to make my trip to Costco to get more fruit trees...they have nice trees for about $12, and I lost several trees to drought last summer. I vote for whichever piece of furniture for your office is most conducive to sleep - that's a precious commodity on call nights.

Haven't done much today...Abby baked a pumpkin pie (frozen pie) for dessert tonight. I picked the last of the breast meat off a rotisserie chicken for dinner and added the carcass to the stock pot to simmer. I think it'll be chicken soup for dinner tomorrow.

Poured rain last night and through the morning, but the sun finally came out for a bit this afternoon - it was so nice to see blue skies and sunshine! Unfortunately, it's not expected to last - lots of rain in the forecast. At least we are not supposed to get quite the deluge that northern California is expecting.

I was planning to go to town today for lunch with my school classmates, but I finally decided to stay home and save the gas and lunch money. I've already been out to lunch a couple weeks ago, and it seems like every time I eat out, I end up with an upset tummy. Better to stay home this time and go out another time when I'm feeling a little more flush.
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Old 02/07/15, 04:23 AM
 
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MGM, I have planted multiples of EVERYTHING! Maybe watched too many Geoff Lawton Permaculture Food Forest videos, lol. Every year I plant a few trees, and every year one or two survive, so this year I am going for broke. The one that has really thrived is the mulberry, so have three more of those. I would love some paw paws, but there is no way they would survive here. Thank goodness for our well, and the soil is finally beginning to recover from decades of cotton farming. I am thinking seriously of offering to work all the nights and some weekends once we hire another sacrificial lamb - er, doctor - so I can finally get some quality outdoor time. Eight years to retirement, but I really do not want to have that mindset. I do really love my work, just would like to have some balance and see my DH for more than two hours a day.

GMB, so sorry you are down in your back. I hope the extra rest does you some good. Pork chops and homemade applesauce are the best! Have a wonderful day, y'all, and a blessed week.
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Old 02/07/15, 09:03 AM
 
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Congrats to all on your accomplishments, and sending hugs for the trials. Seems we all have some. I had better get busy and order fruit trees! Wish our Costco or Sams would get fruit trees in for that price, MGM! I don't have a membership, but our son does. I'll have to check it out. Our soil conservation lets you order, but you can't find out the variety, just 'cherry' for instance, and I don't want to waste time on something I don't want.

Tryng to make some changes in our main bath to make it more accessable for Mom as she ages. Thought I had it all figured out but the sizes of low threshold showers available are a half foot too large. We could get pieces and make one, but the sides don't go up far enough. Grrrr. More checking....

It's really smelling like spring, as well as feeling that way. Record breaking temps, so I must use every day to work outside.
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Old 02/07/15, 10:21 AM
 
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Thanks, Westexas! Better today! To the coin/collectible show and then the Fair opens at 1 pm. Wearing a Backwarmer (iron oxide- warms in presence of O2) for the activities.
Our Costco doesn't offer fruit trees.
Put another snail in the Heliciculture container and pulled out all the mushy greens. Found most of the snails. I've added water jugs around the lids- now have 8 - 1gal jugs for an extra 64 lbs of pressure.
Continues cold here but less humid, no clouds so sun is bright-I feel much better. Even when it was cold out I used to like hiking and camping, but we rarely had gloom all day. Our wet used usually to be just 20-30 minutes worth of showers- not a whole couple days of grayness and drizzle.. I guess that is climate change working on our weather.
Been trying to take down the loofa and air potato that are strangling out our katuk. Also want to plant some more food plants like Ethiopian kale, callalloo, etc. Will wait on that to see how the back goes after fun stuff today.
PS Westexas I vote for the Recliner. It's easier to straighten up and remove sleep stuff from than a daybed.
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Old 02/07/15, 11:55 AM
 
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Taking a break from laying out and photographing clutter. Actually, taking about my fourth break but the first one here. Just making myself slog through the large bedroom where "that sister" moved things. She randomly put whatever will fit in boxes, and labeled 'em "misc", or "dishes and other". Wow, that's helpful. My plan is to get everything I'm not keeping out of that room this weekend, even though it's mostly going into pile of boxes in other rooms, one per sib, or the growing pile of "nobody asked for this" boxes. It's a good thing I have a quirky sense of humor most of the time. This can strike me as amusing when I'm in the mood. I do get a little tug when I pick up a book or magazine, and there's one of Dad's little bookmark sheets of paper, often with dates or measurements on them. OCD?? But I can smile, too, and I'm leaving those right where they are. More coffee, then more hoohaa. More snow tonight, a few inches. Maybe another biggish snowfall of 10" into Monday?? The worst is no thaws, so it just keeps piling up.
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Old 02/08/15, 09:58 AM
 
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Use Less, my heart goes out to you. At least when Mom suddenly got sick and I had to take her with me to my next job and get her three story house ready to sell in a hurry, the only obstacle was HER! What a job that was, and had to done in a hurry. Not a peep from my only brother, thank God. Each move after that, her place got smaller and we gave away more things. Now she is in a lovely one bedroom assisted living apartment, and the amount of "stuff" is very manageable. We were truly blessed, and I don't envy you at all. At least at the end of this road you will have a home of your own.

GMB, glad you are feeling better. I guess a very wet climate is just as much of a challenge as a very dry climate. It is a beautiful, sunny morning here, and only got down to 50 overnight, so outside I go! I usually just sleep in my clothes when on call ( be sure and wear something comfortable and wrinkle-free that day) so the small futon is inviting. We will see! Have a blessed day, all.
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Old 02/08/15, 12:24 PM
 
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Homesteader - Whoop, whoop! Good job!

WestTexas - The weather is beautiful here too. I'm loving the sunshine!

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I went to church in the city yesterday, where our Pastor's son is minister. It's smaller than our church, but lots of young people and children. I had an awesome time. DD is wanting to visit there and I wasn't certain where it was - now that I know I texted the address to her, so she'll have it in her phone.

After church I went over to her house. She was cleaning out her shed, getting rid of stuff and separating stuff for a community garage sale day in April.
The girls were having fun playing on their trampoline and swingset. I left for an hour to get my hair cut - it sure feels better. I went back and helped her move some stuff around and get it stacked better.

DGS and I went to see The Seventh Son in 3D at the IMAX theater last night. That was fun and I liked the movie. He'd never been to a 3D movie. I meant to take him while I was off at Christmas, but we never made it. The theater wasn't too busy, so it made the experience very relaxing.
The Avengers-2 comes to IMAX in May, so he's already making plans to see that. LOL! I think he's hooked.

DH is off today. A well deserved day off. He and his business partner finally got everything turned around and are doing well, after the 3rd partner left them 100K in the hole back in November and then walked off. They're breathing much easier now and got all their vendors paid off and customers taken care of. I'm very proud of him sticking to his guns and pulling their company out the hole. Praise the Lord!!

Well, breakfast is over and it's time to get laundry done and things put in order around the house.

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!!!
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Old 02/09/15, 10:32 PM
 
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Not very happy with the village. My shovel-kid did the driveway in the AM. I did it again to move what the plow pushed in, so I could go to work. Got home at 9PM to find a rock-hard pile 3' high and 5-6' wide closing the entry. So not a time I felt like shoveling. More like chopping and moving cinder blocks // Now that the house has closed, my brother is trying desperately to complete the estate. He is very afraid that difficult sister won't sign off that she is satisfied. It seems today she accused him of stealing the money for something a neighbor asked to buy. The item is still here; the neighbor never came back. It may be worth $50. Or less. There's really something wrong-wrong-wrong with her. It can't be filled by collecting all our parents' stuff. Just weird, too. She's married, four kids, a grandchild... Sigh
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Old 02/09/15, 11:46 PM
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Not very happy with the village. My shovel-kid did the driveway in the AM. I did it again to move what the plow pushed in, so I could go to work. Got home at 9PM to find a rock-hard pile 3' high and 5-6' wide closing the entry. So not a time I felt like shoveling. More like chopping and moving cinder blocks // Now that the house has closed, my brother is trying desperately to complete the estate. He is very afraid that difficult sister won't sign off that she is satisfied. It seems today she accused him of stealing the money for something a neighbor asked to buy. The item is still here; the neighbor never came back. It may be worth $50. Or less. There's really something wrong-wrong-wrong with her. It can't be filled by collecting all our parents' stuff. Just weird, too. She's married, four kids, a grandchild... Sigh
I feel your frustration - I won't go into details but a skimming POA was an issue in this house. Remember the probate judge can be your ace in the hole. While your sister may balk at signing, documentation outlining what was done as well as appraisals etc may help the cause. Reminder her any legals costs incurred by the estate come out of her pocket (aka her share is less). And there is always civil court - she can be sued. That might be enough to make her come to her senses.
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Old 02/10/15, 12:38 AM
 
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Whoop, whoop! Abby brought in 5 fresh eggs today - my hens are back in business. I'm looking forward to a yummy scrambled egg sammy for breakfast tomorrow, although I am so tempted to make one tonight for a last supper. It's been SO long since we had fresh eggs - store eggs are just not in the same universe.

I have to admit, my days and nights are getting mixed up again, which means that days like today, I get NOTHING done. I'm also trying not to drink coffee, because it upsets my GI system, so I'm in a caffeine-less state...not a good look on me. It's cool and rainy, and Abby has let the fire go out (her job), so I'm tucked in under my down comforters, trying to stay warm and trying not to just go light the darn fire myself. She's living here free - no rent, no food, no utilities, and I take her to appointments and pay her co-pays...so I don't think I should have to nag her to keep the fire going, cook dinner and wash up, feed the animals, and clean up after herself.

Okay, she just walked in here and I told her how frustrated I am, and how cold. She's lighting the fire. I just wish I didn't have to TELL an adult to do the same thing every stinkin' day.

Sorry for the rant, and thanks for listening to me vent.
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Old 02/10/15, 06:01 AM
 
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((( Hugs! ))). I hope Abby catches on soon. If I were not so busy here I would fly on up there and show her how it's done! My former MIL is a dear friend, and it pains me that she took in her youngest child and has supported her for the past7 years or so. Her side of the duplex is a mess, and not as much of a help as she should be. Seems to be a common attitude these days.
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Old 02/10/15, 06:46 AM
 
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Thanks, Westexas. Abby is 23, but is on the autism spectrum (high-functioning Aspie), so life has always been a bit more of a challenge with her. She is much better than she used to be, but sometimes just doesn't "get it". She came back in after starting the fire, and was very hurt that I'd just been so mean to her, "out of the blue". We had a long talk about how her concept of out of the blue and my concept of why do I even have to ask for a fire when it's 61* in the house were coming into conflict. Went over my expectations and why, etc. Things will be better for a while, and then she'll start to slip again. Add in PMS or maybe PMDD, and there are times when she's hard to live with!
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Old 02/10/15, 07:28 AM
 
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Thanks, Selena, I'm sure there are those who misuse that assignment, but my brother would not be one of them. Also, the cost in time, money and angst to him and to me has been huge. He didn't sign on to sort the teaspoons when he agreed to be executor, and neither did I when I moved here. I'm in a "somebody has to do something" place. The sister making trouble quite likely did skim items. Things were here until her husband moved in, rent-free, for over a year. Now they're not. I am not engaging her at all. She holds it against me, the first-born, that our mother was critical of her. I sure don't and didn't feel like Mom's favorite, trust me, and that doesn't connect up unless someone is "off". Anything about house and stuff will be colored by that if I speak up. Also, if I DO start, I won't be able to stop. It's one reason I write here. I am writing to ME, and some of you very kind, genuine people are willing to read. It is stressful for me to see "everything" walk out of the house, not because of what it is or who owned it, but because I fled my own home leaving much behind. Somebody wants the last sofa and my brother agrees it's sorted that way, I have to go buy one, or do without. I can't replace everything at once. No, he is not letting the others take everything and me have the leftovers; though it sometimes feels a bit like that, it is panic, not fact. 64 is a tough age to start over.

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Old 02/10/15, 08:09 AM
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Got up Sat arond 10:30 AM, after working nights. No, I did not sleep enough!! Went out and started cutting and cleaning up where the tree was cut down. Got 4 big burn piles and some logs. Did not finish. Sun, I started putting in the molding in the kitchen. Air hose, nail gun, and me laying on he floor, plus, in and out the door cutting the molding. Got over half done. Company kept coming over, so I just gave up for the day. Then had to go to oldest daughters house. She is buying a new one, so we went to look at it. She is also getting married again. She want be doing no fancy wedding at all. I also, worked on a lamp for her future husband. During World War One, a guy was dating his grandmother and he made her a standup wooden lamp, as a gift. He died during the war, but his grandmother kept the lamp her whole life. We had to do some repairs on it. The wood had split at the top of the lamp, where the light attaches. Monday, I had the truck at the Chevy dealer, for the RECALL fixes. The wife came and got me just before noon time. Went to Walmart, got home, then the Chevy dealer calls, truck is ready. We went by youngest daughters house, to see her and the new baby. Left there, and went to get my truck. Got home, and just did small little jobs, since it was late. Seems like I got nothing done, but was super BUSY all weekend.
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Old 02/10/15, 10:33 AM
 
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Travis, I've had days like that, too. Worked my fanny off all day but on little things and don't see much accomplishment! You get an amazing amount done, it seems to me!

MGM, I sympathize, as you know, we're in pretty much the same boat, as far as the kiddos go. I remember Ash's psychiatrist saying she woudln't be like that forever, but I know now that he lied! It just gets different as they get older.

DH is all stuffy this morning and miserable. Don't know if he is suffering from allergies from working in the barn for two days, or getting a cold. Sent him back to bed to rest as he was up so many times during the night. He WANTS to sit out with us and watch television, but I want him out of here so if he is sick, Mom won't be exposed so much.

My Mom has been choking more as she eats, three times in the last week. I'm seeing her doctor tomorrow for myself, so will see what she recommends. I know part of it is not chewing her food well, part is trying to talk and eat, and part is just that her swallowing apparatus is wearing out at 93! Amazes me that she can eat potato chips but not veggies without choking.

Useless, I know what a huge task you are facing, and having siblings' feelings involved just makes it harder. Keep plugging along, it will all work out. I've seen so many families within our family have huge blow ups over who got what, who had to buy items from the estate sale, and who didn't, etc. People like cousins come in with trailers and take what they wish, with no consideration as to who was promised items, it can get really ugly! Try to find some time for yourself that doesn't involve all the sorting, even if only for an hour for a walk, etc.
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Old 02/10/15, 10:38 AM
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Thanks, Selena, I'm sure there are those who misuse that assignment, but my brother would not be one of them. Also, the cost in time, money and angst to him and to me has been huge. He didn't sign on to sort the teaspoons when he agreed to be executor, and neither did I when I moved here. I'm in a "somebody has to do something" place. The sister making trouble quite likely did skim items. Things were here until her husband moved in, rent-free, for over a year. Now they're not. I am not engaging her at all. She holds it against me, the first-born, that our mother was critical of her. I sure don't and didn't feel like Mom's favorite, trust me, and that doesn't connect up unless someone is "off". Anything about house and stuff will be colored by that if I speak up. Also, if I DO start, I won't be able to stop. It's one reason I write here. I am writing to ME, and some of you very kind, genuine people are willing to read. It is stressful for me to see "everything" walk out of the house, not because of what it is or who owned it, but because I fled my own home leaving much behind. Somebody wants the last sofa and my brother agrees it's sorted that way, I have to go buy one, or do without. I can't replace everything at once. No, he is not letting the others take everything and me have the leftovers; though it sometimes feels a bit like that, it is panic, not fact. 64 is a tough age to start over.
Oh I didn't think your brother was not executing his fiduciary duties in the proper manner. Just pointing out the source of our frustration - I wasn't clear, sorry.

Her living rent free may be a "stick" to getting her to sign-off. Your brother would be well within his rights to have just sold everything, part and parcel then split the cash. Item specified in the will would be given to the beneficiary but that would be it. So offer to buy the sofa for a fair price. If the other person wants it for free, your offer (paying) is in the best interest of the heirs. Besides, you'll get 1/3 (3 kids right) back. I presume your brother had paid any claims against the estate.

Unless the will says otherwise, your brother can compensate himself for time and expenses (another reminder to your sister).
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Jan, both my parents had swallowing difficulties in their last years. Mom's esophagus was quite narrow, it was "stretched" a couple times. Her smoking habit probably messed with things, too. Dad's meds allowed thrush to develop, and though meds & gargles for that were helpful, they didn't cure it. With his particular version of dementia he could explain all about things, like his meds, but needed someone standing by and giving him step-by-step instructions to swallow a pill. Just saying, not looking for sympathy or to one-up you, trust me. Maybe our experiences will trigger something helpful for you.
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Old 02/10/15, 10:55 AM
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I didn't realize this thread was here!! Hello!

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Hi, again, Selena, Nothing offensive or confused. My brother has been a rock, when this and other things have been a mess. There are five It is very difficult to sit here, other problems, and know someone has no charitable feelings to me. I am concerned that she's nuts. She's driving us away. My brother is taking the $$ allowed by law. He wants to give $ to to help with get things out, but I will decline if it is a sticking point. He's said we're not getting into buying any items. Anything of any value was assigned. She said she'd like to buy the remaining contents. He replies, "What do you want? It's yours." No reply. If she said the 33 (and counting) boxes of left-overs, he'd say OK. Nobody cares. I just want that stuff out of here. Squirrelly.
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Old 02/10/15, 11:15 AM
 
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Well if I'm not mistaken, this is Pea Planting Day! Whooooooooooooooop!



Had the gd here over the weekend - which immediately followed the Barn Cleaning, so yesterday I did laundry and made dinner, that was it. Today, I am going to plant the peas. dg and DH tilled up both the main garden and the pea garden. What a sight. They have such a blast doing this together.

He has these hand signals now so she can actually drive the John Deere! She has on ear protectors so she can't hear him so he's devised these signals with his hands.

Safety first - get on those ear protectors!

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Up we go!

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Heading out!

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Look what I'm doing Grandma!

Grandpa still does "reverse":

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Bringing it home:

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So, I'm off now that it's above 40F, to set my rows straight as I can, and plant! I can probably get more than 500 plants now based on where we decided to put the pea garden!

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