Thursday, January 25, 2007

Blogless In The Pinelands

Wow! Am I a bad Blogger or what? It's been ten days since I have even peeked in.

Why? You Ask!!

Well, as you may know, I have spent the last several months trying to sell my Mother-In-Law's house. It has been a nightmare. Finally last Tuesday, we made settlement. Her shorehouse (now her only house) needs some insulation before it becomes a year round place, so guess who gets to house the homeless. No Problem! After All, she does watch the kids.

Well, that lasted all of three days. As we had to go and try out for VH1's Pop Culture Trivia contest on Friday, we asked her to watch the kids overnight. She was pissed because she didn't like what we were doing. When we got back it turned ugly and between the "I still expect to get paid while I live here." and "I hope you don't think that I'm going to be a slave to your kids" speeches, it became clear that she has done a lot for us over the years (which is true) and we do nothing for her. So let's recap.

2003 - Lend money to buy her first new car (Kia Rio . . .don't get in a accident) and had to cosign for her.

2006 - I buried her husband BY MY SELF! She did nothing. Her son has one positive thing going for him. He's carrying around a bunch of useful organs that should be donated to someone useful.

Found a realitor, fixed the house up, fought her the whole way why trying to get her to sell the house that is three doors from a meth lab, and moved EVERYTHING out by myself (see above for useless bag of organs). Oh and went to settlement and stored her whole house in my garage.

Aren't I a complete dick.

Anyway, She says that she's done watching the kids but will give us one more week. I take immediate action and rearrange my entire work schedule to get my son on the bus and coordinate the swimming, karate, piano lessons and Irish dance for the week. . . . because . . and I quote "I need you or I don't need you. I don't need you for a week." In response, she disappeared to God knows where (assumedly to the uninsulated shore house despite my warnings that the pipes will freeze in the -10 wind chill expected tomorrow. We haven't seen or heard from her since.

I know! I know!! It's no excuse not to blog. I'm sorry!!

It's amazing that my Father-In-Law lasted as long as he did.


At 6:56 PM, Blogger RT said...

My motto from the last month: God is keeping score. No matter what happens, He has seen what has happened in the past, the recent past, and knows where you are headed. He'll take care of the ingrates.

It helps me. I'm experiencing similar family stress. :)

Maybe you need to get a motorcycle, grow your hair, and get some tattoos...just sayin'.

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous linda said...

Wow, what a cry baby! JUST KIDDING! Is there a reason the walking organ donor (lol) won't help? And another wow over grandmother's attitude! Must be extremely hard to hold your tongue! And you must feel very unappreciated! We've been through something similar when my mother died and also my uncle, where 1-2 people had to do most of the work but our problem was 1 person wanted to be in charge--but yet they complained when we let them! Bless your heart, Dlok! You need time to safely unload the frustration!

How did the audition go?

At 11:25 PM, Blogger rachel said...

My family's looking a lot less annoying all of a sudden. But then they're nearly a continent away.

Hang in there.

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous linda said...

Something you might consider. If this is not usual behavior for her, do you think she could be depressed? She did just lose her husband and if she doesn't want to sell the house--even tho' it sounds like a good idea--she may resent you for doing it or be taking out her frustrations on you. We just went thru a similar situation with my aunt after my uncle died. Losing a spouce and moving out of a house you've had for a long time are traumatic. It also means a loss of independence. You know you were being helpful. It's a hard situation and I hope it all works out. Maybe some time alone is a good thing.
Just remember, no good deed goes unpunished!

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

My hair is growing and I already have a tattoo. . ..

Audition. . . .not so good. But it was fun.

I wish my gamily was a continent away . . . . . .

Unfortunately, this is normal behavior for her.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

You bastard.

Heh. And yes, your family SHOULD be a continent away . . . especially Badger. He should be in France. POW!!!

Sorry to hear about the MIL, but what can you do? Old people are useless.

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Vincent_Antonelli said...

I guess all you can really do with the MIL is carry her out to the curb next time the guy with the cart comes around, yelling "bring out yer' dead!"

At 9:00 PM, Anonymous ;inda said...

Sorry your MIL doesn't appreciate your hard work! We didn't have that problem with my aunt. She's sweet and appreciative...runs in the family! (Does, too!) The problem came when the house was being readied to sell and one person wanted to tell others what to do. What's the saying about too many cooks? The same person, who couldn't get along, complained loudly about doing everything alone! Ya can't have it both ways! So now, two of my most favorite relatives are not speaking to each other and it makes me very sad, and difficult being in the middle.

Btw, assisted living is VERY expensive, so I truly hope your MIL is able to get around and take care of herself!

At 9:57 AM, Blogger zippychik said...

Don't feel bad I haven't posted to my blog since classes started 3 weeks ago.

BTW, if I had a son-in-law, I'd want him to be just like you -- I mean that, too!

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