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I can't win for losing

September 16th, 2013 at 01:28 am

This isn't very financial in nature, though it definitely touches on financial plans.

The doors arrived and once unpacked were damaged, so the house updates are not even started. Most of the interior is painted, and DW has moved everything out of storage and back into the house. That's $132 (there was a recent increase) per month no longer being paid out.

We received news that MIL has breast cancer that has already metastasized to the lymph nodes. MRI coming soon to see the extent. DW will be going up to visit, so that's a plane flight that wasn't planned. Also, dog watcher to pay. Also, all the other associated travel bills.

Of course, DW had already allocated the main EF for her move back to the US, so we're hitting investment funds for this; not already-invested money, we're just not putting any more toward retirement while we get over this hurdle.

Luckily, I have a bonus coming within the month. That should set things right again, but some of it will need to be sent to Uncle Sugar for taxes. Just when we needed the cash, too.

At least DD2 has finished her move in to her new place. I'm sure she and DW are glad to be under different roofs. (editor's note: Why is the plural of "roof" = "roofs" but the plural of "hoof" = "hooves?")

We've postponed DW's return to Dubai so she can take care of her mom. Sometimes you just have to make sacrifices for the good of others. DW lost her father years ago, so her mom is all she has left.

Both of my parents are still alive. My father is doing very well; still very active in his late 70's. My mother, though, is having severe age-related memory problems. It is not impeding her apparent quality of life, but her lack of short-term memory is very noticeable. She's seeing specialists and on medication. My father says her symptoms seem to be arrested at the current stage. It's really quite sad to see this happen.

Getting old stinks, but it certainly beats the only alternative I'm aware of: dying young.

7 Responses to “I can't win for losing”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Sorry so much bad stuff is going on right now.

    English language, it makes no sense. Why is the plural of mouse mice? Why isn't the plural of moose meese if the plural of goose is geese? If you have one caribou, why don't you have two cariboux? Why is the plural of beef beeves but the plural of sheep is sheep? I could go on all day.

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    Sorry for you troubles. I can sympathize. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and my dad, before he died last summer, was having memory problems. At the end he didn't recognize any of us, but they said it wasn't alzheimers, go figure!

  3. mamasita Says:

    Sorry to hear about the cancer, I'm glad DW is able to be with her mom right now.

  4. rachel021406 Says:

    So sorry to hear about your MIL. But it is good that DW can be with her. And I will totally agree that old is better than not here.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sorry to hear about your MIL.

    LR - beef = beeves? that's a new one for me; course since I don't eat meat, I probably don't pay too much attention to the iterations of different products Wink

  6. Wino Says:

    FT: "Beeves on the hoof" is a somewhat common expression down south.

    LR: I agree that the English language is one strange animal. There are more exceptions to the rule than there are adherents to the rules.

    Verbs are a great example of this. "Simple past" means the verb ends in "-ed" to form the past tense. "Present perfect" means that the verb ends with "-en" and is preceded by the auxiliary "have."

    None of the following verbs fit both of those rules (exception): eat (ate), fall (fell), feel (felt), be (were, etc.), run (ran), walk (have walked), sleep (slept), dream (dreamt and have dreamed)... the list is pretty much one irregular after another. If you go to the other tenses, it becomes nearly impossible to find a verb that fits all of the rules in every case.

  7. scfr Says:

    Sorry to hear about your MIL ... and about your mother too.

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