We just got back from visiting my mother, a little bit ago. I called to let her know we'd gotten home safely...and she told me that she was about to get her hair blown back by the aunt on whose property she lives. Turns out, she'd told that aunt's pastor not to worry about fixing the house, right now, that she and my sister are in the process of paring possessions down to be able to move (though, where they're planning to go, I have no clue--they have the world's fattest beagle, and a skittish, abused puppy-mill mommy Scotty dog, as well as a cat). And she had not told my aunt this, yet. Needless to say, when the pastor mentioned it, it pissed my aunt off something fierce (my mother has lived there since '88 or so, and my aunt hates change of any type).
The house is a wreck. The siding along the west side rotted all the way off, the insulation had molded and had to be ripped out, and a flooding washing machine had destroyed the drywall inside. The siding on the south side of the house is in the process of rotting off, and if my sister happens to stumble against the window in her room, I have no doubt that the window will literally fall out of the house, and dump my sister two stories down onto the ground.
It's got one bedroom downstairs, and the attic is half finished, lengthwise--exposing fiberglass insulation to whoever happens to be upstairs. I think it's around 400 square feet of living space.
And my aunt expects nothing to ever change until both houses fall in on everyone.
I think my mother and sister need to stop hemorrhaging money out to pay for an aunt who needs to be placed in a home for those unable to take care of themselves, and get their butts moved yesterday. It would be best for everyone. Even the aunt who's bringing the drama-llama down to scream at my mother.
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