Monday, May 23, 2022

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, my friends! How is everyone? What's been going on with you? How did your week and weekend go? I hope all is fine and that life is treating you well. And if not, I hope things get better and you find peace.

In news...

We were without water for three days! We finally got it back last night. A water main broke in our area late last week and our entire neighbourhood was affected. After a couple of days, the city sent a water truck (not sure what they're called) over that offered to fill up containers with water for the residents. People filled up whatever they could. And immediately after that, the fire department showed up with multi-packs of bottled water for each household. Of course, my face was pressed up against the window because...you know...firemen. Anyhow, I'm pleased that our water is back. I tell you, you don't know how easy you have it until an important utility such as this is not available. It's a somber reminder that we take things for granted.



 
In shitty news...

As many of you know, I've been dealing with the finalization of my mother's estate since September 2021. It all started off stressful and I even wrote on this post "I have this sinking feeling that this story is even worse than I originally thought." Well, my spidey senses were correct. As we venture along, there is crap being unearthed. Last week I discovered that in addition to my brother and his wife getting my parents' home at a song and dance a few months before my mother died, essentially squeezing me out of any inheritance from it (I wrote about it here), they also "negotiated" tens of thousands more dollars out of her. This sense of entitlement, this level of greed, is beyond my comprehension. At this point, I don't know what's worse: that he did these shitty things or that he thinks it's okay that he did these shitty things. I'm up to my eyeballs these days with all this estate crap and my stress levels skyrocketed for a while. My saving grace is that because my husband is one of three co-liquidators, he's taken the lead and become a necessary buffer for me. He handles the correspondences, answers the messages from my brother and make requests for information. I just need to acknowledge receipt and stay up to date. This support from him has kept me sane!

Well, that wraps it up. Today I have a ton of things I need to tackle and I best get to them. Enjoy the funny images and have yourselves an amazing week ahead!







32 comments:

  1. Sorry about the watermain. Awful what your brother has done. But thanks for the laughs

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    1. What can you do, Christine? Life goes on. And I'm so glad our water is back again! Three days with no water was horrible.

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  2. No end to the things family can do, says the sibling whose older sister stole the insurance money left to me by my mother. She had power of attorney, used it to cash and spend. That said, do glad you have a loyal partner to help. And water back in. As if you hadn't enough to deal with!

    Thanks for the funnies. I love the ob-dyn and the induction!

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    1. So true; there is indeed no end to what family does. How awful about your older sister. It's such a shame what siblings do to each other and rather sad, too. I'm glad you enjoyed the funnies! Come back again for more! I post every week. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Sorry to hear about the further estate woes. Seems like your brother was very determined to finagle assets out of the estate. Glad your husband can buffer for you. On a lighter note, thanks for the stellar lineup of LOLs as usual!

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    1. I've become numb, Debra. Nothing surprises me anymore and I have a feeling this story has more layers to it that I will never know about. I'm grateful that my husband is a buffer for me and helping me get through this. I'll be happy when it's all over!

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  4. Martha, thanks again for the Monday laughs. Love seeing the first Smart phone, and "Don't Send Help." It is always best not to fight over inheritance. Remember, it's just money and stuff. Excellent your husband is handling this, and sorry to hear about your brother.

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    1. I completely agree; it's just money and stuff. I'm looking forward to wrapping all this up and getting back to just living my life.

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  5. My grandmother owns a small home that would fetch a pretty penny. Instead of it being split to all heirs, my brother will most likely get it and not share a dime

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    1. That will be a shame, Adam. I have a hard time understanding why people do these things.

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  6. "utility such as this is not available" When you lose water, gas, or electric it's like going back to the caveman days.
    " this level of greed" We went through this with my wife's family. Luckily we weren't directly involved.

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    1. HAHAHA! Yes, that's what we were thinking, too...the caveman days. As for greed, I've heard one too many similar stories. When it comes to money, it's amazing what people will do.

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  7. Sorry to read about the water problems and the problems you are having with your brother and the estate, but pleased your husband is acting as a buffer ...
    You take care of yourself.

    I did enjoy the chuckles, you shared some good ones :)

    All the best Jan

    PS A lovely thing happened this morning, we had three ducks in the garden, they waddled across from a nearby lake, so sweet to see it was a lovely start to the day.

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    1. Thank you, Jan! And what a lovely sighting to see the ducks. That is indeed a wonderful way to start the day!

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  8. wow that is not happy news about your brother and the estate. Thank God for your guy keeping you sane. The funnies were funny and i had a laugh at the...you konw...fireman out the window, lololololol.

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    1. HAHA! Yes, the firemen... My husband thought that was funny, too.

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  9. Love the firemen funnies! Thanks for the weekly laugh.

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  10. Hang in there, Martha. Karma will look after your brother.
    Maxwell Smart was WAY ahead of his time!! lol

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    1. Oh, I know Karma will kick in at some point, Jim. It catches up to all of us. And Maxwell House was hilarious! I never missed an episode when it was on waaaaay back when!

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  11. Legal hassles are a real pain. Like those cartoons ...... put. a smile on my face.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them! And yes, any type of legal business is tiring!

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  12. dear Martha i am sorry what you have been through because of your brother and sister in law ,i can so relate my friend as my mom did not had estate though but house only that was taken by both of them in mom's life . i hope things will be sorted out soon and in your way !
    so sorry about water disappearance ,we when moved here water disappeared for two weeks but thankfully this is small city and other resources were in reach .
    enjoyed the funnies :)
    hugs and blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Baili! I'm looking forward to finishing all the paperwork and getting on with my life. Nothing to be done about this. It happened and I have to move beyond it. Being without water was really tiring. Thankfully it was just the two of us. People with children in the neighbourhood had a much harder time. Hugs and blessings to you xo

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  13. Sorry you were without water for 3 days, but glad there was some help from cute firefighters. :) We have a well so anytime the power goes out, we have no water-the longest was a week. Which reminds me I need to bug my hubby about getting the generator fixed. It is sad about what your brother did to you and that it doesn't seem to cause him guilt. I hope karma pays him a visit someday. Cute comics- I like the one being induced and the sticky roll cat. :) Have a nice week. XO

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    1. Water is a real problem when it's not available. I'd rather some appliance break down. I'm so glad that is done with and everything is back to normal here. We have a generator, too. I hope your husband fixes yours! As for karma, it does eventually catch up with us! I hope you've been having a wonderful week so far. xo

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  14. II am glad your community was so responsive about your water situation. I've had to rely on bottled water following a storm and it isn't easy. Thanks for the funnies!

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    1. It's definitely not easy! I hope you enjoyed a nice weekend.

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  15. Water troubles would be awful, Martha! I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's estate. I don't understand people who do these things. Thank goodness you have one gem of a husband who's got your back! And obviously, I am so behind. Last fall and winter were really difficult for me. Looking back, I didn't realize how sick I was with my thyroid, what with the pandemic, the stress of the aftermath of Terry's heart attack, and my eyes, not to mention being stuck in the house for almost two years and not seeing our families or friends. I won't glitch out again on your blog!

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    1. I'm so glad you are doing better, Louise. It's been a tough time for many. I'm hoping all this estate nonsense gets wrapped up soon because it's been exhausting. Then we can all just go on with our lives. What's done is done. I need to wrap this up and focus on healing and moving forward.

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear of the additional heartache concerning your mom's estate and your brother's actions. It's awful what people will do when money is involved. I'm glad your husband is able to shield you from some of the stress, but it's still a miserable time to get through. Good luck.

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    1. It seems so surreal at times. I never in a million years imagined this happening. My husband has been great in shielding me and reducing stress, but there is still a lot of emotional pain to heal. That can't be avoided. Thank you for your lovely comments!

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