as time goes by….
This has been a very different year. Weather-wise at least it is much better than last year’s drought but otherwise it has been difficult. I lost my mother in March and my husband’s mother passed away last week.
When someone dies it takes just a few days to get through the funeral but dealing with Social Security notification, paying debts, filing taxes for the deceased, filing insurance claims, dealing with frozen bank accounts and distributing personal effects lasts for months and we won’t even talk about getting headstones engraved or other minor details that just can’t seem to get done.
I had handled things pretty well up until my MIL passed last week, during a 2 1/2 day power outage in our area which was more than a little frustrating. I found out yesterday that we must go through probate proceedings just to access the remaining funds in her bank account and pay her final bill at the nursing home. This isn’t a big bank account, barely enough to pay that one bill and reimburse us for expenses not covered by her pre-need burial policy. If not for all the new banking regulations imposed by dear old Uncle Sam, this wouldn’t have been necessary. As usual though the government showed up to help us give them more money….don’t even get me started!
I guess I just don’t handle hassles very well. We are still in the process of filing our taxes and both our mother’s taxes for 2011. We have never been late filing our taxes but had to get an extension due to the overwhelming amount of stuff that ha to get done first. In the meantime life is moving on and although I keep attempting to find the time to stop and smell the roses, I never seem to get there. I know that exhaustion and frustration are stealing my peace and that I won’t rest until the jobs are done. Persistence must prevail!
All this carping is meant to explain my absence from the blogosphere conversations I normally participate in and to let my readers know that I shall regain my composure soon…..I hope! Madison Woods and FridayFictioneers have, however, been a bright spot inspiring me to at least write something….