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Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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I have decided that perhaps I am not entirely decrepit yet. I downloaded an old favourite game, Bejewelled a few weeks ago. Today, in only my fifth game, I reached Level 12, scoring 66.060. I don’t think I have reached level 12 before.

Tomorrow we will be going out to lunch at The Crown Country Inn, a free one as a reward for my DS playing on Feb 14. It is strictly too early for the Vernal Equinox which falls on March 20th this year, but a dental filling replacement appointment rules out that date, and March 21st will be wet and colder.

Posted by Graymayne on March 18, 2014, 11:11 AM report to moderator
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Good evening!

We have progress with my parents. We have a van for the weekend, and a man to go in it!!! We also have a choice of four (!!!!!!!!!!!!) possible final moving dates.
Mum is expecting me and my sister to very much take control of said man and van when we go there this weekend; I think she is envisioning overseeing from a distance. I am not tense AT ALL! It’s only Tuesday, and she is already making me climb the walls.
Still, I expect we’ll get there one way or the other……..

Posted by asti on March 18, 2014, 03:31 PM report to moderator
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Asti; Hope the move goes trouble free. Have the van arrive in reverse gear to distract your mom. This should
allow a few moments to get stuff done before she recovers.

Posted by ironsos on March 18, 2014, 05:04 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I don’t envy you. I’m not finished with all the loose ends but I’m so glad the heavy work is finished. I hope you have some boxes ready for the man to move or he can get to the heavy furniture. You definitely need to empty the furniture into boxes. Also, take advantage of a man by packing all the heavy books into small boxes and let him move them. Fill the boxes to the top so they won’t crush when stacked and make certain you label the contents.

If you parents are going to remain where they are a few more days or weeks focus on getting the books, good china and any non essential items packed and out of there. Let the man take any non essential furniture once you have emptied it. Your parents may have to camp in doors a bit.

GRAYMAYNE, have a good day out for lunch. I have not answered your email but I did enjoy it. I have continued to be a bit busy. Things are slowing down a bit but I find myself crashing and drooling when I can sit.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 18, 2014, 10:16 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke No need to reply, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos, I thought that they looked intriguing enough to tickle your fancy, and a little light relief is always welcome. The lighting was very subdued so the picture quality was not up to my DS’s usual standard.

Asti How handy to have a recent mover give you the benefit of her experience. Fortunately moving house is not an everyday occurrence so the finer points of good strategy can be forgotten. I loathed my last moving experience, we are both hoarders so that is bad enough, but you don’t realise the amount of bits and pieces that accumulate over the years, and downsizing is a nightmare.

Posted by Graymayne on March 19, 2014, 03:51 AM report to moderator
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Daylight savings time sure makes it darker in the morning. I had just gotten use to it being light by 6AM. Suddendly it is still dark at 7AM. This morning it seemed dark when I took the trash can and placed it by the road.

The dogs wanted to stay out but the ground was wet from rain during the night. They wound up staying on the porch until I let them back inside. Right now they are sleeping. It is not too cold but it is too wet for them to stay outside.

Posted by Cool G on March 19, 2014, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Lady Hawke, Mum assures us that progress has been made, which is encouraging. Whether she SHOULD be doing as much as she is is debatable, given the procedure on her back just this time last week……
I am glad we have a Man and a Van. We also have my sister’s DS and a Car. We will make full use of both. There are a lot of black bags to take to the tip.
She has organised a charity shop to come and collect a lot of stuff, though I am not sure when that is happening. The removal people are going to be in charge of packing up the majority of what they want to take with them…….the parents are willing to pay for this service.
I think this weekend will be prioritising and organising…..trips to the tip and transporting things across to the new/old house. As you suggest, we’ll try and get a lot of non essentials out of the way. The more we can do, the more Mum can look after her back, and the less they’ll have to pay the removal people.
Dad’s contribution so far seems to be reading the newspaper and worrying about how the move will effect the cats. He’s driving us all quietly bonkers.
We’ll be taking wine……..

Posted by asti on March 19, 2014, 04:56 PM report to moderator
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We had a tasty lunch today at our chef friend’s inn and the weather was sunnier on the way home than on the outward journey. Tomorrow it turns wet and cooler and stays like that over the weekend. My DS has to have a filling replaced tomorrow.

This afternoon I watched my DVD of Catching Fire and kept being surprised by little snippets that I don’t remember from my visit to the cinema. The only thing that struck me as being unlikely was the sight of Peter and Katniss dancing at the final party. I don’t see the half starved population of District 12 having dancing lessons at school, or the possibility of social dancing as adults. I don’t know how anyone who hadn’t either seen the first film, or read the books could have followed the plot because it was quite episodic. The fans can fill in the gaps but newcomers would be rather confused I would have thought.

Posted by Graymayne on March 19, 2014, 04:58 PM report to moderator
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Asti: Tip?

Posted by ironsos on March 19, 2014, 05:00 PM report to moderator
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Ironsos, maybe a dump? A facility where you can get rid of household items like worn out furniture or broken electrical items that are too big to be collected with ordinary rubbish.

Posted by asti on March 19, 2014, 05:06 PM report to moderator
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Graymayne, it’s good to hear that lunch was pleasant. I am looking forward to seeing Catching Fire, I think DS is going to buy it. They all saw it at the cinema. I must do a swift re read before viewing.

Posted by asti on March 19, 2014, 05:09 PM report to moderator
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I have a big post I left sitting on the computer at home without posting it. I assume it is still there and I’ll hit Submit when I get home.

Just as I reached the end of what I was writing my mother called very upset; my father’s blood pressure had dropped to 60/46. She was hysterical so I put the computer down and started to race out the door only to hear a series of incessant beeps indicating a number of text messages were arriving in quick succession.

My daughter had a female mishap at school and was desperate for me to come to her rescue. So, I grabbed what she needed and kept moving. The whole time I sped the five doors down the street the desperate texts continued.

I raced inside my parent’s house and took my father’s BP. Thank goodness it was back up to 116/ 47. So, I was able to put a good face on it, tell my mother of my daughter’s desperate circumstances, get her to agree I should go to school with what my daughter needed, but that I would call the nurse in route.

I spoke to the nurse who told me to lower my father’s head and crank the foot of the bed. I am not to give him his once a day BP med today but that might mean his BP may go too high tonight. So, it might be a long night.

After delivering my daughter what she needed I headed back but stopped to get some new batteries for the BP machine. My mother had received a couple of error messages earlier so although I had no trouble using the unit I thought I would take bad batteries out of the equation.

While I was checking out my mother called again. His BP had gone up and down to 123/42. By the time I reached their house two minutes later the BP was at 149/60.

His BP is extremely erratic and frightening. It goes all over the place and if you react too quickly when it is high and medicate him too much you can crash him out. It might have been on its way down anyway and then you add medicine to take it down even farther.

I picked my daughter up and we went to the grocery for my mother and we are running other errands before delivering them.

I will post what I had written earlier because it might be used by ASTI as a guideline for similar things she, her sister or her parents need to do concerning the move they are undertaking. My list of things I dealt with took the entire day up until the dual crisis.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 19, 2014, 06:13 PM report to moderator
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Thanks Asti.

Posted by ironsos on March 19, 2014, 06:32 PM report to moderator
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I did not get a job this morning. I pecked at the website for two hours with no success.

So, I have spent my day tying up the loose ends from the move.

I went back to the apartment and vacuumed, mopped, checked the mailbox one more time, and turned in the keys.

I changed the address for my mother’s social security (pension).

I changed the address for the US mail to have everything forwarded. I thought I had managed that last week but it didn’t happen. This time I know I have an email confirmation.

I arranged to have the recycle container my parents will not use picked up.

I stopped the cell phone my father used in the rehab unit which I have kept forgetting to stop.

I changed the address on my father’s pension check.

I drove to the next town to go to the bank to sign more papers about my power of attorney on one of their accounts there.

Before they moved I put the service for the electricity, the gas, and the water (all separate accounts) into their name.

Before they moved I also changed the address for their credit card.

Before they moved I made arrangements for their cable service for their TV to be started. The TVs were installed on Monday.

Before they moved I moved their phone service from the apartment to the house.

We had the termite and pest service arranged before the move. The termite treatment pots were installed last week and the interior treatment was done today.

I realized that since I turned the keys over to the apartment today I need to stop paying for the electricity used there. I called the electric company just now and it is a good thing I did. The apartment would not have turned off service.

ASTI, most of these things are probably items you need to take care of as well for your parents or make sure they have done it.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 19, 2014, 08:34 PM report to moderator
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Oh, and I also changed the delivery address for their paper five days later.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 19, 2014, 08:38 PM report to moderator
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Life is so complicated in our modern world:-/

Posted by Graymayne on March 20, 2014, 04:03 AM report to moderator
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Now for something to celebrate; HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX EVERYBODY!

Posted by Graymayne on March 20, 2014, 04:08 AM report to moderator
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HAPPY EQUINOX!

Quite unusually we still have a forecast for freezing overnight temperatures next week. By this time of the year we are usually well into spring and might even have begun complaining a bit about the occasional hot day.

I failed to find a job today either. Maybe people too care of a lot of their personal appointments last week during spring break.

So, I am home facing another gargantuan task, the taxes. I simply have not had the time to deal with them while working and captaining this move. I can’t seem to do them with the family at home. There is too much distraction and I am too tired in the evening. On weekends the distractions remain, plus I have other things calling for my attention, no appropriate time to sit and concentrate.

I HATE doing taxes. I would have rather gone to work.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 20, 2014, 10:16 AM report to moderator
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We have sun today and it is warmer than yesterday. Unfortunately we are under a tornado warning. This is scarey because this is the time of year we really have damaging tornados. Not only our county but all the surrounding counties too are under this warning. So here we go again watching the weather.

My dogs have been outside since 6 AM this morning. I actually went to the door to see if they were ok. They have not ate their breakfast so it is unusual for them to stay so long outside without wanting back in. They are not barking at anything outside either.

We are having a family get together at my son-in-law sisters this weekend. I will have to look again to see if it is Saturday. I think it is so the family can see my grandson and baby before he has to go back to Germany. The girls seem to be closer to me since their Father died. They have invited me to every family get together since that happened. It might be because both their grandmother’s have passed as well as their father. I figure that they think of me when they think of their mom now. It is nice to be included for big family get togethers since my brothers only have them once a year.

Posted by Cool G on March 20, 2014, 10:55 AM report to moderator
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Happy Spring!

Posted by ironsos on March 20, 2014, 12:27 PM report to moderator
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I hope the state boys will go by the color of the sticker for license plates this year. I just got my sticker out of the mailbox. Decided to put it on instead of waiting for 3 months as normal. After cleaning the plates, I went to pull the sticker off and it came in two. So I put it on but it is not together as it should be. At least I have the registration if I get pulled over.

While I was out I raked the leaves that were in front of my gate. The rain water had washed them there. Too bad I did not get all of them put into a trash bag. I was too tired to do that. It probably means I will have to rake them again.

Posted by Cool G on March 20, 2014, 02:16 PM report to moderator
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Arrrrrggghhhhhh!

I know I want and need the overtime, but having asked about extra hours THREE times this week, and getting no definite answer, I was all excited at having a three day break…….. And needing it, with the Moving of the Parents……..so, just an hour before I finish, I was asked to work tomorrow. Sigh. I’ve set the alarm.

Graymayne, Happy Vernal Equinox!

Lady Hawke, my daughterly duty only goes so far. I have told my parents they need to get phone and internet access sorted at the new house, and a TV license. They might well get there and wonder why nothing works, but I have at least given them warning. I have absolutely no intention of taking care of the utilities. Mum has, I believe, arranged for a forwarding service for their post.
I feel you have far too much on your shoulders, and at the same time, feel very guilty for not taking on as much responsibility as you do.
I, and my sister, have a physical distance that makes it impractical to be too “hands on.” The parents are grateful for what we are doing on these weekends. We’ll try and help as much as we can with the heavy, awkward, time consuming stuff that would place impossibilities upon Mum’s back, and I think we can achieve a lot this weekend………wish us luck!!!!!

Posted by asti on March 20, 2014, 06:09 PM report to moderator
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ASTI my parents are to the point that if I didn’t deal with the utilities, TV, phone, etc. my parents would be sitting in the house in the dark with no water. The house would never have been sold last year. They would not have sold the house last year or been able to get into the apartment and certainly would not have managed this move. My mother is to the point she is still competent to do every day living activities, anything she has done her way for her whole life. However, anything that requires making phone calls which result in having to listen to an automated voice with a menu of choices is beyond her. If she doesn’t hear a live voice immediately she hangs up.

She is angst ridden when she sees a web address instead of a phone number. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard the question, “Don’t they realize not everyone has a computer?” I’ve tried to tell her that 80 years ago people where saying almost the same thing when people transitioned from post office addresses to phone numbers in their advertisements, “Don’t they realize not everyone has a phone?”

You are lucky your mother has so recently been in a position of authority and is still accustomed to doing things the way they are done in the 21st century.

My father has almost given up on solid food and on liquids for that matter. He has only taken two sips of soup today. The hospice people have been telling my mother he will eventually even turn down water. Whenever he refuses food or drink which is almost constantly now she calls and worries what she can cook for him he will eat. Of course, there is likely to be nothing that will appeal to him. She wants me to tell her something, to come up with a solution, and there is none. The only thing she can do is offer him food and drink and hope he will take a bit. Mostly, he sleeps.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 20, 2014, 08:42 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Heartbreaking:-(

Posted by Graymayne on March 21, 2014, 08:04 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke I am so sorry that your Dad is not eating or drinking. Have you considered a feeding tube? I know it is hard to think about this but I have always regretted that they did not do this for my mother. She had a DNR so they would not do this. I always felt my mother would have lived longer if they had. It would have kept her organs from shutting down. I am older now than she was when she passed. She was 20 years younger than her sister was when she passed. I just wished there was something to get your Dad’s interest so he would fight to live. He just sounds like he is tired of trying.

The older I get, the faster time moves ahead. I am washing my clothes and wondering what to wear to the family get together tomorrow. I did not realize that is was Friday. I wonder if I should go to town today and buy groceries or wait until tomorrow after the dinner. I can wait until tomorrow since it is perishables that I need. That will save on gas. This time of the year I have so many extra bills that I need to save anywhere I can.

Posted by Cool G on March 21, 2014, 11:59 AM report to moderator
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My father has a DNR too. The point of hospice is to pass gently without intervention except to make him comfortable as possible. He does not have any fight left. I feel sorry for my mother.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 21, 2014, 04:41 PM report to moderator
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I just saw on Facebook that DR LEW’s grandfather passed away earlier this month and the memorial service was today.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 21, 2014, 05:49 PM report to moderator
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It is heartbreaking when I think of your mom. I think your Dad is probably very happy she will be so close to you. It would ease me to think I was close to the kids. Does LittleHawke go to her grandparents more often now that they are so close?

Posted by Madame Minerva on March 21, 2014, 09:00 PM report to moderator
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It is heartbreaking when I think of your mom. I think your Dad is probably very happy she will be so close to you. It would ease me to think I was close to the kids. Does LittleHawke go to her grandparents more often now that they are so close?

Posted by Madame Minerva on March 21, 2014, 09:00 PM report to moderator
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My father is in a lot of discomfort. He says his hip hurts, probably the place the pelvis broke. His pain meds have been increased but it doesn’t seem to be enough. If he is still complaining of constant pain tomorrow I will call and see if we can increase the pain meds some more. At this point I just don’t want him to be hurting. He is already past being able to have a real conversation. He is listless and you get very short, limited responses when you insist he say something. When he is fretful at night he will tell my mother he is going to start eating and get up and walk the next day. Of course, he doesn’t eat and he doesn’t walk.

When I went to kiss him goodbye tonight he was curled away from me and I couldn’t reach him and leaning over him and on him didn’t rouse him. The other side of the bed is too cluttered with my mother and tables to get through to him. I don’t know how aware he is of my presence. I take his BP and give him medicine if necessary but he hardly notices. Sometimes he will open his eyes and look at me but I don’t see any recognition anymore. He never says anything that tells me he knows me.

My daughter has spent quite a bit of time with my parent’s this week. We have stopped by after school and she has stayed on after I have gone home to attend to dinner. She sits and chats with my mother and reads on her phone.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 21, 2014, 10:11 PM report to moderator
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