Thursday 19 January 2023

Various thoughts

I have been busy.

I recently completed a twelve course program. I have been reminded via email several times by the institution that there is a framed certificate waiting for me to pick it up. They are only open Monday to Friday and are not open late. This has been going on for a few months.

Their office is in Edmonton, Alberta. I do not live in Edmonton. I suggested they mail it to me. Personally I do not care if I get it or not. There is an official record of me passing all the courses, I really do not need the framed certificate to hang on my wall. They responded that they cannot mail it me as it is framed and fragile.

I responded that I am busy and I am not going to sacrifice any of my precious time off to pick it up. They can send it to me or keep it. My last response was that one of their members lives in the same town as me, they will arrange to meet me so I can take it off their hands. Since they are going to this effort I will accommodate them. This is some of the dumb stuff I have been dealing with.

My sister has been at mom's condo cleaning out stuff. Most of the items have been removed. Mom is the original owner and she has never used the built in dishwasher. My sister tried out her washing machine, it has been good for years except it leaked with the most recent use. I figure it is easier to disclose this when the unit goes up for sale, let the price reflect those issues, and let the new owner deal with it.

I was there last Saturday and Sunday. Monday was work, then after work I drove an hour and fifteen minutes one way to do some work and drove the same hour and fifteen home. This is getting damn tiring. I have not been there the last few nights, I need some time to do some of my own things.

Mom never did any updates to her condo. My sister wanted to have it painted before it went on the market. I argued against that. I lost. I have a painter hired to repaint it sometime in the next week. Other than that it will need a good cleaning.

There are some items left to find a new home. Some stuff will be trashed. There is a lot of paperwork to destroy, financial records going back almost twenty years. I think I found a place where I can burn them, much faster than shredding them.

I hope to have the condo on the market in a few weeks. Not long after that I have a three day holiday. I will need it.


  1. Good luck with that holiday!

  2. Yes, it's a big job to close down a parent's home. You'll enjoy that 3 day holiday when it arrives!

  3. Closing down a house for someone else is lots of work, went through that 4 years ago. It's a tough decision to do some updates like paint or not before selling.
    I hope you get to enjoy your 3-day weekend when it comes.

  4. I feel for you over the getting rid of things that belonged to your Mom - we've done altogether too many of those sorts of clear-outs (4 of them I think) and it's a huge chore.

  5. I haven't had to close down my mom's home yet but I'm not looking forward to it.