Aug. 30th, 2017

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Alas, I have had to be away for some time AGAIN this month! But we are in the middle of making a huge lifestyle change that may turn out to be for the best...then again it could tank worse than the Titanic!

My daughter, husband and two little ones are moving in with us! School is about to begin and her youngest (Jessica or Jess), 4 years old, will be starting Junior Kindergarten the day after Labour Day. Her 7-year-old son (Joseph or Joe) will be going into Grade 2. But Olivia (my daughter) didn't want to have them go back to the school where they are living now--there are some problems with her next-door neighbour who volunteers at the school as a lunch room supervisor that Olivia can't tolerate anymore.

This neighbour is a religious nut bar who has done the following things, all of which have made her scarier than Pennywise, the evil clown from Stephen King's "It":

1) She leaves religious tracts taped to Olivia's front door for her to read although she isn't interested.

2) When this woman was looking after Jessica she wouldn't let her use the bathroom but made her pee outside on the back lawn.

3) She made the kids change into their bathing suits in the hallway in full view of anyone who happened to be there because they weren't allowed to use the bathroom.

4) She accused another neighbour's boy of trying to strangle her son with a yo-yo in the lunch room last year at school. (Nothing came of it so I doubt it was the way this koo-koo neighbour insisted. The accused boy's mother was well freaked out over it.)

5) She calls the police to complain about any little thing her neighbours do that she objects to - for instance, people were parking in the gas station across the street which was against a bylaw so she called the police out to have the cars towed away.

6) Apparently she spends all day long spying on everyone and has even video recorded some of her neighbours.

Olivia cannot take it anymore and didn't want both her kids going to the school where she thought the neighbour might take her resentment out on them because Olivia told her off and stopped speaking to her after the peeing incident.

I told her that they could move here until they could save up enough money for a down payment on their own home. They are sick of renting anyway and are of the age now that they should settle down in their own place. We will charge them minimal rent and allow Olivia to use one of our cars.

We've been spending the past couple of weeks getting rid of extra stuff (I had no idea how bad it was--we've been here 15 years now and the amount of things we've collected is insane!) If it weren't for the large basement we have with lots of room for storage we'd be like the people on "Hoarders", no kidding.

Their rooms are almost ready! They will use the 3 upstairs bedrooms except for the master bedroom that Edd and I share and Sean has moved down to the rec room which we set up like a basement apartment for him. He feels very grown up now!

I spent the first half of today painting the room that Olivia and her husband (Greg) will share. It needs a second coat which I think I'll leave for tomorrow morning. I'm too tired to resume painting now and do the cleanup afterwards.

Of course I am way behind (as usual) on everything around here--posting, reading, writing, etc., etc.

Hey! At least I finished my Slashy Santa story in time and did a couple of betas for it too.

Hope everyone is doing great--I will catch up on your posts but it might take me awhile. They'll be moving in this coming weekend and after that things should settle down again. I hope. XD
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I saw this meme at silver_trails and couldn't resist doing it too.

CAN YOU FILL THIS OUT WITHOUT FIBBING?
1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? Unfortunately a chocolate ice cream sundae from Dairy Queen.
2. Where was your profile picture taken? I assume it's the Facebook profile picture you mean. It was taken on a hike somewhere, probably Heydenshore in Whitby.
3. Worst pain you've ever experienced? Root canal on a lower right tooth some 25 years ago. I still shudder from memories of the pain.
4. Who was the last person to make you laugh? My husband, Dolorous Edd.
5. How late did you stay up last night? 11 pm or thereabouts.
6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be? Portugal. I can't choose between Lisbon or Lagos. One is the big city, the other is near the ocean. I can't decide.
7. Ever been kissed under fireworks? Not that I remember. Maybe.
8. Which of your Facebook friends lives closest to you? A woman I used to work with, Tanya.
9. How do you feel about turkey burgers? I like them but not as much as hamburgers.
10. When was the last time you cried? Last Sunday when I found out that a friend's sister passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. She was only in her late 40's! Far too young!
11. Who took your profile photo? My husband, Dolorous Edd.
12. Who was the last person you took a picture with? I think my son Jamie but I'm not entirely sure.
13. What's your favorite season? Autumn.
14. If you could have any career. Either a teacher or a doctor, or maybe both.
15. Do you think relationships are ever worth it? I suppose so, if you mean romantic relationships. Other relationships, yes, of course.
16. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be? My mother and father, who are dead.
17. Are you a good influence? Hope so. ;)
18. Does pineapple belong on pizza? Oh yes! I love it!
19. You have the remote, what channel are you watching? TSN. The US Open is on. It's my favourite tennis tournament of the season! I've been watching it since the 1970's!
20. Who do you think will fill this out? No clue…

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