...and hopefully I gave you enough photos of Brutus last week that you didn't even notice that I was missing.
My mother died last month, not unexpectedly, and there is no great sorrow over the event in my little corner of the world. This is my inheritance.
Yes, that's about it. But this belonged to my grandmother when she was a child, and I have wanted it my entire life.
Just about everything else in the trailer was given to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or friends of acquaintances who could use the items.
Not to be too morbid or fatalistic, but if you're dealing with elderly parents, here are some things you need to know in order to make your life easier when the time comes:
Banking: Bank name and address. Account numbers. Log in information for all accounts: checking, savings, credit card. Also know approximate balances. Also know that Social Security notifies the bank when someone dies, and the accounts are blocked until probate is filed.
Housing: Mortgage holder, including address and contact information, amount of mortgage, property taxes, insurance and common charges due.
Online accounts: Have your parent write down all of their "login information" for sites they use, including Facebook, if applicable, so you can shut down the accounts.
And in some states, notably Florida, if there is any asset, including $100 in a bank account, probate must be filed, even if the estate is worth less than the asset. Filing probate is costly, and they'll tell you you must hire a probate attorney. So, be aware, so you're not caught off guard, as I was!
On a happier note, Dan, Mark and Jeff came to the airport to bring me home, and I was so happy to see all of them there! My dearly beloved refused to get out of bed that day until I came upstairs to rouse him. He had had quite enough of my absence. And Brutus was absolutely ballistic with joy, knocking himself over with the velocity of his wagging tail. I think he's a foot taller in 4 days. Puppies are so much fun!
So, happy Monday, everyone, and I'll be normal again soon!