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Rabbit
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Rabbit
6 years ago

Day Surgery O grabbin’!

Rabbit
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Rabbit
6 years ago

We are about to head out to take Good Nephew off for some day throat surgery. We will entertain Grand Nephew (10) while his dad has a 30 minute thing.

Yesterday was a the first time in a while that we were in and out of TMP in an hour or so, after going to BW’s dr. on that side of town. We were there in the heat of the day & neither of us felt like doing any work, we just had to try to reprogram the garage door & bring in all the tools & stuff we had left outside. Supposedly it will rain today, bringing with it a cold front high of only 93. I’ll take it!

Hope y’all have a Jerrific Day!
See ya later.
(POO-f)

Rabbit
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Rabbit
6 years ago

Oh! One thing that I forgot. Yesterday, the doctor said something that just struck me as profound. See, she lost her Father a year ago, after a long illness.
We were talking about grief, and she said to BW, ” You won’t always feel this way. The grief will lessen. But in the meantime, this is a MEAN TIME.”
Doesn’t that just sum it up perfectly? I keep repeating that to myself.

Now, I really gotta hop!
(POO-f)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Good morning, GN!

Hai, RabBeet…and cheers for the updates. Hope that GN’s surgery goes swiftly and smoothly.

Back to work on a large bid package for Jim teh Roofer; really would like to get this one.

*poo-t*

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
6 years ago

Good morning, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, RabBiT and Fatwa!

Ditto on the good wishes for GN’s surgery.
Good luck with the bid, Fatwa!

I’m meeting with my brother and the real estate agent late this morning to go over the various proposals. Mrs. Paddy and I know which option we want, but I doubt my brother will agree. That’s okay, we’ve got an alternate proposal in mind that we hope he’ll agree to.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Hai, Paddy!

May your negotiations succeed.

TehMermaid
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TehMermaid
6 years ago

Good morning!

Good luck on the bid package..tell them El Nino is getting ready to rain hell down upon them in a matter of months! That’ll get em. Poor little Cali ran way too hard yesterday at teh dog park and she couldn’t hardly get up so I had to carry her downstairs this morning. I forget she is going on 10 years old since she still plays like a puppy. Im so worried now because Jr. is stealing her tomorrow for a camping trip down to Baja for a week. They need her because while he surfs or dives, his beautiful girlfriend (who will someday have my grandbabies) stays at camp and we don’t want her all alone on the beach. Cali is a good protector and companion and she loves camping on the beach. They just need to keep her from over doing it the first few days which can be hard because the beach makes her crazy wild!

TehMermaid
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TehMermaid
6 years ago

Rabbit, I get that! Meantime. I lost my father in January and the grief comes and goes and in the meantime, we all have to enjoy and live our lives to the best of our abilities. I still think about Daddy every day and do I think he is watching over me. He wouldn’t want me to waste my time crying over losing him. He was never one to waste time..he was a doer. I hope he is as proud of me as I am of him and the way he lived his life. His mantra, “always do the right thing”. I try to live this way every day and have passed this mantra on to my own children. This is how they live on in our hearts, by taking what they taught us, living it and passing it along to the next generations.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
6 years ago
Reply to  TehMermaid

Well said.

Rabbit
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Rabbit
6 years ago

Yay! Back at home.
GN’s surgery went fine. We didn’t know that he was also having a colonoscopy. Yikes! Seems that this was his 4th one, they keep finding polyps. The throat thing was about his 6th or more. He had GERD that went into Barrett’s syndrome or Barre’s something that is a pre-cancerous condition. So if he keeps getting his throat cleared out, that is a preventive good thing. Biopsies will be done on today’s work.

Then we ate at Waffle House in the same shopping center as the Day Surgery. BW and Grand Nephew ordered the same thing & discovered they have the same food habits. (Eat all of one thing before the next and no food can touch another one!)

We took them home and GN was thrilled that I had rescued his childhood pictures, awards, and schoolwork from the garage cleanout. Grand Nephew was thrilled with the “pirate’s treasure chest” that I gave him. It was filled with necklaces (gold chains) costume jewelry, doodads, rings, foreign coins, pocket watches, etc. I told him that it may look like some girl’s jewelry box, but that was because pirates needed something to keep the loot in. Since there was a belt buckle that spelled out “Brad” who was actually Worthless Son-In-Law, I told him that the stuff was from “Dread Pirate Brad”. So at ten years old, he wasn’t totally believing it, but the stuff was still cool to play with and have. Some of it actually has value if sold.

We also gave GN the two digital safes that we ended up buying TM. BW didn’t want to keep even one, she couldn’t bear the sight of them. We told GN to keep or sell them, we didn’t care, keep the money. He is the only one that didn’t try to loot the house and basically asked for nothing except a couple of ceramic statues that were in the indoor planter at TMP.

We goofed around with Grand N in the waiting room. I was an unwilling participant in a few “selfies” with Grand N and BW.
All in all, a good and much-needed family day. They are going to go to TMP tomorrow & see the improvements, swim, and see if GN can fix a leaky toilet.

And how was your day?

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
6 years ago
Reply to  Rabbit

Hai, RabBiT!
I’m glad everything went well with the surgery.

And how was your day?

Things went better with my brother than expected. My brother started by telling Scott, the real estate agent, that he was “very different from my brother. I feel my parents are with me, here in this house.” So Mrs. Paddy and I played that up when pushing for spending a bit more money to fix up the house, so that it doesn’t look like a total fixer-upper. We’d like it to be some place that a young family could buy and not have to spend additional money they don’t have fixing it up. We talked about continuing my parents legacy by allowing a family to grow there and put their own stamp on things as time went on. Every time my brother argued about the additional costs, we pushed that legacy. We now just need to work out the financials (loan sources) and get things cleared out.

Rabbit
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Rabbit
6 years ago

Way to go, Paddy. I hope it works out the way you & Mrs. Paddy choose.
But beware the “spending a little more” part.
BW and I found that the “little” part isn’t little and the more part is “much more”!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
6 years ago
Reply to  Rabbit

We already have bids for the work, including a contingency and feel very comfortable with the person overseeing the work. The “little more” would be about $22k more and would bring in about $33k more. That’s above and beyond the $20k that insurance is already funding and the $10k additional to fix termite damage, tent the house, paint the remainder of the interior, etc. Total invested, including funds from insurance would be about $52k. If the broken pipe hadn’t happened, we probably just would have sold it ‘as-is’ to a flipper.

Rabbit
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Rabbit
6 years ago

By the time we pay off TM’s outstanding debts (the water heater explosion/repair, one credit card, and the funeral) plus what we have paid in repairs, we are talking the same numbers that you are. But we didn’t have an idea, really, of what we were getting into. Depending on how much we end up selling the for, the money part might not be that much more than giving it away to a flipper.

But it was important to BW on an emotional level to somewhat restore the home to a place that TM would have been proud of, that she would have done so if she still had the money. She had been trying over the years to upgrade . Then the locusts descended and she lost her money and her health…
I just know that we did the best we could with what we had, winging it and depending on the kindness of strangers.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
6 years ago
Reply to  Rabbit

That’s all you can do. All I could do with my Dad’s place was sell it to his best, long-time friend for a ridiculously low price.