Yes, yes, I know, it’s been a while. Those of you who read this blog know that my mother passed away in December. And I’ve been a little busy. If anyone ever offers to make you the Executor of an estate and you’re thinking of it as an honor, word of advice: run screaming in the other direction. But I was given no choice, so there you have it.
Being the Executor of an estate (estate? puh-leeze) is a thankless, mind-numbing exercise in futility, and you spend months chasing your tail. To top it off, my parents were pack-rats (they had twelve of everything) and it’s up to the Executor (that would be me) to clear all of that flotsam (unimportant misc. material) and jetsam (material cast overboard in times of distress to lighten the load) out of the house, so it can be sold. The stuff and the house.
And let me tell you, there were times while I was there when I walked out to their over-stuffed garage and wanted to pick up one of the (twelve) hammers on the work bench and smack myself in the face with it. Because that would have been an excellent diversion from the two-foot pile of paperwork waiting for me inside the house:
This was from just one drawer, in one of the four desks in my mom’s house.
Currently I am back on Maui because, well, because I actually have a life apart from being the Executor of an estate…however, being one leaves you no time for your own life. I had to get out of California while the getting was good, just to get my own taxes done this year. THEN I get to go back and file my mom’s taxes, and the estate’s taxes. And sell the house. Party-time!
I know that I am back on Maui, because that very first morning, a friendly little German cockroach decided to share my cup of tea with me:
Some things never change.
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Aloha and hang in there, my friend! And what a funny ending! I think we had just a few small bugs in the bathroom sink when we stayed on Maui last May, but did have a large cockroach in our bedroom when we were in Tobago this December. I don’t think I could ever get used to that issue, but it has already prepared me to be ready for it anytime I’m in the islands…or New York City. =) Aloha!
So nice to hear from you again. Yes, the cockroaches are constant companions on Maui (especially when you aren’t staying at a hotel complex, where they blast them with poison into oblivion), along with termites, which are busily eating one of our kitchen cabinets…but we can’t find the hole where they’re entering yet!
How nice that you got to go to Tobago. Thanks for writing.