Musings for Thursday, October 13, 2016
Well, it's another hot day in my part of the Sunshine State. As I write this, the temperature outside is 84 degrees Fahrenheit under partly sunny skies; with humidity at 57% and an east-northeasterly breeze blowing at 12 mph, the feels-like temperature is 88 degrees Fahrenheit. I tell you, folks; these temperatures make me feel as though summer didn't end a few weeks back. I know I live in the southernmost state of the continental United States, but these "endless summers" are getting hotter and lasting longer. I still recall when the temperatures started to drop gradually around this time of year and we could turn off the air conditioner, opened all the windows, and let cool, fresh air in. Now it seems like it only gets cool in Florida when a random cold front manages to make its way south.
I'm sorry that I haven't been posting here lately. I've been preoccupied with my legal battle with my Machiavellian older half-sister Vicky over our mom's estate. I don't want to bore you with all the details; suffice it to say that Mom foresaw how badly Vicky would behave toward me after her passing and took preemptive action. In 2010, five years before she died, Mom made out a new last will and testament in which she left me most of her estate. I got the house, all of her remaining financial assets, and half of her personal knick-knacks (such as books, family albums, etc.). She also split the payout from her life insurance policy equally.
Now, Vicky wanted to get half of everything - including the house. She wasn't going to move in and share the house with me; we don't like each other at all and we would have fought like cats and dogs over everything. No...what she wanted to do was to somehow convince me to sell the house, take her share of the proceeds, then toss me out to find a place to live or put in me in a home for the disabled. Her motive? Aside from the animus she feels toward me, she - by her own admission - had not saved enough for her retirement and thought that Mom would leave her a last lifeline, if you will, for her old age.
Luckily, at a hearing in Miami-Dade County's probate court, the presiding judge ruled that Mom's 2010 will was valid and denied Vicky's petition to determine a "lost or destroyed will." (She was visibly angry afterwards, too. Why? Because she was so sure that she was going to win that she already had a buyer on "standby." What a schemer!)
I have also been busy writing cerebral palsy-related blog entries for Cerebral Palsy Guidance. This is a site which provides all kinds of helpful information to parents and relatives of kids who have cerebral palsy. I was asked to contribute articles about my daily struggles with CP, and even though I don't enjoy writing about that subject, I accepted the gig. Last week's column about how the Internet changed my life , though, was probably the most enjoyable of the ones I've written.
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