August Island Trip – II

It’s been another labor intensive couple of days with a third coming right up. My DH hung new lights in the upper barn, and fixed the lights in the lower barn. He discovered that my father had rigged what was essentially an extension cord, minus the plug, that was used to power the 4-eight foot […]


At some point when mom was still able to go on Tuesday shopping trips she procured melatonin. Lots and lots of melatonin. When the care staff got wind of this, they confiscated it, got a hold of me, and asked what I’d like to have done with the illicit substance. The next time I went […]


My DH and I picked 21 pounds of Italian prune plums yesterday. He, being taller, did the majority of the picking, and I did a lot of dead-wood pruning. We gonna be jammin’!

Real Estate Agent

Yesterday I texted my real estate contact on the Island to ask if he knew anyone in our neck of the woods who had experience selling property that was part of an estate. He replied quickly and said he’d get right on it. Since, we’ve arrived at an idea given the virtual nature of the […]

Estate Claim

I received word today from my attorney’s paralegal that the $14.67 claim against my mother’s estate has been removed! While my attorney daughter, rightfully, thinks I was ridiculous to spend time removing the offending claim, rather than writing the check, I am mightily pleased with myself! A win is a win, no matter how small […]

August Island Trip – I

I spent Friday through Sunday on the Island. Tim was a lovely host and we engaged in our often written about, and occasionally acted upon fish sacrifice. I bought a whole black cod Thursday, filleted it Friday evening at Tim’s (never filleted a black cod before. Did OK!), and bake/broiled it. It was stunning. Suffice […]


Patience has never been one of my skills. Better said, I am only able to employ patience when it is truly warranted. Otherwise I am not. When I have to ‘bottle up’ or keep my sass to myself, it makes me bubble over in other areas. My husband personifies the Saint of Listeners, who ever […]

Hospital Charges

12.5 weeks after my mom passed, I finally have both of her insurance EOBs surrounding all the hospital charges. What Medicare didn’t pay for, about $1,550.00, her secondary insurance did, 100%. I hear mom, right now, saying again what a good idea it was have retired from a public university! She was right about that, […]

CPA Advice

I had a great Zoom meeting with our CPA today. He helped me to further understand/confirm: The fine details of an inherited IRA. How to handle each house in terms of the estate, including expenses, rental income, and which property needs to dabble in the estate verse not. How to handle mom’s pension income, a […]

Elvis Eats

Chives… It shows amazing taste for a cat, but chives? Really? The chives on our upper deck, where most herbs live as they are close to the kitchen, have been mown by 25%. He doesn’t go at them constantly, but when we allow him out (when we’re on the deck) he pauses to have a […]