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Oops! Didn’t mean to submit yet. I am worried about this sort of stuff because I’m unsure of how we would pay for burials if everything they have is frozen up. My name is not on my parent’s house or on their bank account.
Lady Hawke The age of your parents your name should be on their bank accounts, on their deeds, and should have a power of attorney written up. Even with a will you need to be able to access the bank account right away. If your name is on it, the state can not freeze the accounts. If something only happens to one of your parents, the other one will still be able to function but if something happens to both, their estate will be frozen until probate. That is why it is best if your name is on every thing. You will not have to wait for probate. You also need to be listed as beneficary on their life insurance policy. Sometimes a couple will only have each other listed and not one of their children. If this is the case, you need to be added. All this stuff needs to be done so you can do the necessary things for the surviving parent. Also it will eliminate inheritance tax if your name is on everything.
I have to go to the doctors this morning. I woke up around 4 as usual. Only this morning I could not drink any coffee or eat breakfast. I am very hungry. They always do blood test when I have my yearly check up and it is a fasting blood test. It usually isn’t so bad since I have an early appointment but I did’t use to wake up so early.
Don’t have the time to do a full catch up right now, but do want to say to CoolG that I’m sorry for your loss. And that you have to deal with some much legal hassel and all the stress of arrangements in the wake of your brother’s death. LadyHawke, I’m sorry to hear about your uncle, as well. It doesn’t make it any easier that you have to take care of your mother as well as dealing with your own loss. I saw my mother have to go through this with her mother when my uncle died.
We’re here for you if yall need anything! <3
Sorry to hear about the loss by our Leaky Family, but I hope all else is well! I miss yall bunches. I have the week off from teaching for Thanksgiving (YAY), so hopefully I can be around a bit more this week as I do a ridiculous about of grading and catch up!
I am back from the doctor’s. This was the first time I had seen him. He is an internal medicine doctor . All I can say is I miss my old doctor. This one just filled out forms on the computer, asked me some questions, and changed the amount on one of my medicines. I didn’t even have to have blood work done. This is a first. Of course I had it done twice already this year but I did fast. My regular doctor would have listened to my chest, checked my feet, made sure I had good pulse in my feet etc. Not to mention we would be talking about stuff while he was doing it. This time the nurse did all the work which was taking my blood pressure, pulse, and weighing me. Gee I bet he charges me a fortune too since it was my first visit. I did say that all my test from the last two times came back almost normal for sugar, blood pressure, and chlorestral. I guess since my blood pressure was good, he figured everything else was too. I feel like this was a wasted visit.
I guess it is good that my blood pressure is ok since I have been so upset these last few days. I am getting ready to go to the funeral home in a few minutes. I should know more about how to do all the things I will need to do. To answer your question Lady Hawke my brothers seem to have forgotten that I have memory issues. They are acting like it was several years ago when I did everything that had to be done. I guess since I had to take care of my real Dad’s, my step-Dad’s, my Mother’s, and my husband’s arrangements they think I know what to do. I had help with my husband’s. Two of my daughters help me decide what to do and the rest of their kids helped me get it done. Thank goodness my son-in-law and daughters are going with me today to help make arrangements. I have gathered up all the information that we will need for all the forms that need to be filled out. It is a good thing that I can remember things in the past since my kids will not know how to anwser many of the questions. It is also good that I made copies of things I had to fill out for my brother in the past so I have the information that usually a wife provides.
I have just realised that I have not been paying attention to the date because I have missed making a birthday card for my SIL, which is annoying because I like her very much. My DS is currently having a telephone conversation with her, he had forgotten too:(
I am disillusioned with using the computer because no-one warned us at the outset that the progress in this field is very rapid, so that in what seems quite a short time you find that programs are out of date so you invest in new ones. The downside of that, of course is that your new system won’t work with your printer or scanner or card programs so even more monetary outlay has to be made just to maintain your previously organised lifestyle. My laptop seems to have died, the only machine that would turn out my small cards economically, using half a sheet of A4 card instead of a whole one. This is the machine which contains my brilliant Xmas card table which I devised two years ago showing all my recipients and the stage I have reached with regard to their cards ie. printed or sent. At this time of the year I would be well on the way to having some of them ready to post.
Laura Hi, good to see you. We have been going through a bit of a purple patch at the Leaky castle lately:(
CoolG I’m sorry to hear that you feel under-served by your doctor but it would seem that nurses are now being given extra responsibilities. I trust that their pay has been increased in consequence.
I’ve put together a bracelet design for going to watch Breaking Dawn but the sun is being a bit elusive at the moment so my DS hasn’t taken a photo for the record.
Tonight I had my first piano lesson in a month. For one reason or another, either I or my teacher has had to cancel. It was lovely to have a lesson again. I really do enjoy it, and get a lot out if it.
Do you remember, this time last year, me absolutely raving about a beautiful Christmas piece I was learning? We have looked at it again…. Not only do my fingers remember where to go while my brain is still trying to work out the notes, but, by starting on the part I did not get to last year, I can tell how much my playing has improved.
Graymayne, that is something I constantly rant about. I HATE it. As soon as you buy something, they bring out a newer, shinier version, and what you have becomes obsolete. It is all such a waste.
CoolG, I am glad your daughters will be supporting you, but am so sorry it has fallen to you to make the arrangements. I hope all goes smoothly and it is not too stressful and upsetting. xx
LEW, it is good to see you! I hope you get a bit of a break this week, even with the marking. How is the new man in your life?
I got everything taken care of. Jen and I are going up to Indy today to give one of my other brothers some personal items he needs. You would think someone could come down and get it but it seems no one can and it has a time limit on being taken care of. I am also giving them the keys to his apartment. I told him if anyone wants anything of my brother’s, they will have to come get it themselves. I am done. The land lady said we need to clean everything out of the apartment or she would. We will see if any comes to get what they wanted me to go into his apartment and save for them.
Good for you, COOLG. I hope you went in and got anything you wanted and I hope you didn’t keep a set of keys. I hope you left them all with your brothers so they really can’t expect you to go in and do anything else, save anything else or clean the place out.
COOLG, will the landlady charge for having to clean the place out? Who would she send a bill to? Would she attach the charges to your brother’s estate? Don’t be the one who gets stuck with that. Make sure your brothers know you will not be party to that. You are not physically able to empty the apartment. That is their job and their responsibility and you will expect them to be the ones financially responsible if they don’t get it done.
Lady Hawke I did not go into the apartment at all. I am not going to. My brother kept his heat at 85 or higher and he was there for two days before he was found. Need I say more? This is something my brothers are not comprehending when they are asking me to go save certain things for them. I am not having that the last memory I have of my brother is why there is no way I will go into his apartment. The landlady has been in there opening it up to try to air it out but still I am not going there. He has nothing that would be worth doing that for me.
As for charging to have it cleaned, I believe she said she would be responsible for it. She wants us to take his stuff out but frankly she can pay to have it taken to the dump. He does have change in containers there but I wouldn’t go inside to get the money. Whoever cleans the apartment is welcome to whatever is there.
CoolG, I’m glad that things are getting taken care of, but sorry that so much is falling on you. It’s good to hear that you’re drawing hard lines and letting your brothers know there are things you absolutely won’t do. It’s up to them to get what they want rather than relying on you to just do the work for them.
Hi, Graymayne. So I see about the purple – I’ll try to liven the place up a bit! ;)
And I agree with you on computers. However, for better or for worse, my life requires one. I’m in a better state now, though, because I get things through the university. I’m pretty sure I can just put in an order for software and/or updates and the University IT department will make it happen. I’m bound to get spoiled, I’m sure…
Asti, I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying piano lessons so much and were able to meet with your teacher. And right in time for Christmas – it’s my favorite time for music! ALMOST time to start listening to Christmas music!! (I try to wait until Thanksgiving, but since it’s early this year, I think I’ll actually make it!)
And the new man in my life is going well. Sometimes it’s scary how well it’s going. I’m a little scared of burning out on each other or something, but so far so good. We spend a rather inordinate amount of time together, but seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company. I’ve met most of his immediate family, and he’s coming to Atlanta a few days after Christmas to meet my parents then drive back to Kansas with me. It’s kinda funny because we’re both rather relationship newbies, but we seem to be muddling through it together.
Well, I’m off to meet friends driving through town for breakfast. I may be kinda in the middle of nowhere, but it’s amazing how many people I know drive through town since we’re RIGHT on I-70. Anyone driving across the Heartland stops to say hi! :)
Okay, COOLG, that definitely makes sense. Blessedly, I had not thought of that. :-(
DR, LEW, yes, for such a small place I have been through that location many times. It is really hard to get from point A to point B without going through there. Where did you find your guy? I had imagined he was employed by the university in another department but I am thinking that is not so. You really have been making progress if he is headed home to meet your family. Don’t stress about it. If it is working it is working. Maybe you are getting all your dating luck in one basket.
ASTI, what is the Christmas piece you are working on? You may have told us last year but I can’t remember now.
I am mostly home today. I did my mother’s shopping yesterday so we wouldn’t be out the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. If I decide I need anything else from the grocery I’m going today during work hours so as not to run into people after they get off from work.
Evening all! Moderately good news, apparently my laptop battery had not died, I had simply failed to plug into the electricity supply:( However, it is over-heating so I am trying to work on my Xmas cards swiftly which goes against the grain. I take great care to have all the printing and images placed accurately on the page. I had already decided on the designs for the fronts so I uploaded the pictures and got cracking and my first design is done. I have access to my Xmas List table and have made some corrections and cleaned the slate, as it were, so I am nearly ready on that score.
CoolG When we were first married my DS starting working for the local housing department as a flat superintendent, so I fully understand your determination to stay out of your brother’s flat:( I am pleased that you have laid down the law about future attitudes to taking responsibility. You have carried your menfolk around for too long.
Dr. Lew It is so nice to hear about your having fun for a change. Just enjoy yourselves and take things as they come.
Asti Hurrah for music!
I have downloaded The Tales of Beedle the Bard onto my Kindle, the money will go to Jo’s charity, Lumos.
We’re eating rather late today.
I have returned from what I hope is my last shopping trip to the grocery until after Thanksgiving. The holiday candies are prominently displayed and I must say JKR has ruined Rolos for me. I can’t see them without thinking of the very depressing conclusion to TCV. One of our family holiday cookies requires Rolo candies. We haven’t made it in several years and a doubt I will make it again judging from my reaction to the candy displays.
CoolG, I am glad you are standing firm and not taking on too much. You need time to grieve without any more stress.
LEW, I think it’s terrific this relationship is going so well. I am really pleased you have found each other. Don’t over analyse it, just enjoy. And I too would be interested in hearing how you met him. xx
Lady Hawke, my piece is called “Midwinter,” by Bob Chilcott. It is a piano accompaniment to a version of “In The Bleak Midwinter.” You can find lots of choral versions on Youtube, but I cannot find one with just the music. The choral versions are beautiful, but I wish you all could hear just the music….. It’s all big, wonderful chords that just resonate with beauty. And make my hands ache to play them! I am playing at least three, if not four notes with each hand in these chords, and they are so pure that I can hear immediately if one note is wrong. It is the most beautiful piece I have ever played.
Graymayne, hurrah indeed! I can’t put into words how much peace and pleasure I get from playing.
In the Bleak Midwinter is my personal favorite Christmas song. It is not well known here, almost never heard, except in churches with music directors with strong ties to the Church of England tradition.
ASTI, here is a piano instrumental only of In the Bleak Midwinter
I found a vocal version of your piece by Bob Chilcott. I think I may have heard it before. It is very beautiful.
Now that is what I wanted Asti to do. Record her playing the song and post on YouTube for us all to enjoy.
hellooooooo Leaky! Just dropping by… sending hugs and prayers to LH, Graymayne, CoolG, and Deanie for your losses. I hope the coming holidays will bring you some peace and quiet.
Things are ok here. Same ’ol, same ’ol.
LEW hiiiiiiiii… so glad to hear things are going well!
I’ll be lurkish tomorrow, hopefully things will not be too bad.
I just received word my father’s best friend from boyhood has past away. He was the son of my “stand in” grandmother. There is so much death this week.
Sorry about all the bad news LadyHawke. Hope things get better.
Just got the app for StumbleUpon and I am hooked.
I am busy trying to clean up some of the clutter that has accumlated over the last several days. I finished seperating the silverware between what was mine and what is Jennifer’s. I had washed all the silverware before I seperateing them. Part of them were still in the dish drainer. The kitchen utensils etc is the only thing we intermingled between mine things and hers. I have been packing her things away so they will be ready to move to her new home. I have also been buying things that I need to replace what I have been using of hers. I don’t know what happened to a lot of my kitchen things. Since I no longer do a lot of cooking, I have found that I don’t need a lot of things I would normally need. What ever I have not used of her things, I am packing away.
Everybody has come to visit at my home the last few days and I have done nothing to straighten up. Since no one else has bothered to do anything, it must not be too bad.
I meant to tell you that Mistic Willow has had pneumonia. She called me a couple of days ago. She was complaining about the hours Walmart has scheduled her even though she has doctor statements etc that she needs to be on a light schedule until she has recuperated. Talk about being insensitive to their employee’s needs during the holiday. I am not buying anything on Black Friday in protest. Lol
Asti/LadyHawke – he is not in the university. Thank goodness. I have no desire whatsoever to date an academic. He works at a truck dealership outside of town, though he is thinking of going back to school for a Master’s. He’s from here, though he’s lived in other places, too. I met him playing soccer. A bunch of guys from the Physics department (which is next to Geosciences on campus) play pick-up soccer a few times a week. They recruited me to play right after I moved here. My BF has been playing with them for a year/year and a half or so. We traded numbers at some point in August, and then started hanging out. Things just progressed from there.
Hi, Huff!!!! I’ve missed you. I hope you’re doing well and life isn’t too crazy! (HA!)
LH, we sing In the Bleak Midwinter at the noon Christmas Eve service at my church every year. I gotta admit I find it a droll, boring, and somewhat depressing-sounding song. Maybe that’s just on the melody end, but I hate having to sing it.
The daughter and I are off to see Breaking Dawn, Part 2.
My aunt may be in congestive heart failure. They aren’t sure and they don’t know if they will be keeping her at the hospital or sending her home.
DR. LEW, your BF must be a great guy with a head on his shoulders to date a woman with a PhD. It was hard enough finding a man who would date a woman with a Masters degree twenty years ago.
LH, I agree! So far the degree hasn’t been an issue – at least one that we’ve verbalized. We kinda danced around it during introductions when we first got together – I “worked at” the university or museum – but now I’m definitely more specific when I’m introduced. And we both talk about our jobs openly with each other, so there are no issues on the 1-to-1 level. I remember how self-conscious I was when I was a MS student in Montana since I ran into so many men without college educations. So it’s nice to not really worry about it too much.