What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
|I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.||
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I am still here. Of course I didn’t close my computer down either. I woke up around 5:30 AM and have been reading ever since. I had to stop to recharge my kindel. Usually I recharge it while I am sleeping but I forgot since I just fell asleep while watching tv.
It did not snow overnight like they were prdicting. It sounds rough where you are at Josephine.
I need to mop the floors. I haven’t done that in a few weeks. I have only spot cleaned behind the dogs.
I can’t wait to get my new glasses. I am so tired of feeling sick and realize that I still have on my reading glasses.
Watch this and be careful with your webcams!
Easy fix – cover the camera lens and always close your laptop lid!! ;)
For those of you who left the new Castle before you saw, the parental move is still on. My father has directed that we are to carry on even if he gets cold feet and attempts to back out. The neighbor’s real estate agent is coming over this afternoon to talk to them. He has the facilities to arrange estate sale agents to come in and take what they don’t remove from the house, sell it for a commission, and dispose of what is not purchased.
Fortunately, my parents can manage this financially. Unfortunately, I am going to hear about every little frustration along the way, every moment, as it happens. I think the issue is partially that she used to do everything very competently and she did it herself the way she wanted. Now, she feels powerless and almost everything is beyond her personal realm of action. She has to depend on my to drive her around. Most information she wants is only available on the internet and she has to rely on me for research. Sometimes she comes up against barriers she has no idea how to overcome and when those occur she becomes very angst ridden. She goes into the mode of “throwing out the baby with the bathwater”.
I am receiving pressure from my DS to encourage them to stay where they are (after 20 years of insisting they move). He thinks they should wait until the housing prices rebound before selling the house. He wants them to purchase a single story zero lot line house which would probably cost about the same as an apartment rental (except they would still be paying home insurance, property taxes, home maintenance costs, and lawn maintenance costs). This is wishful thinking on his part. I have already checked into that market. There are no single story zero lot line houses in this area and my mother (and I) are determined when they move they move closer to me in a more convenient location instead of farther away.
My mother does not want to stay there any longer than she has to stay so she won’t wait around until summer unless she has no choice. She no longer has the neighbor across the street who was a bit of a “snoop” and watched the comings and goings up and down the street at the front side of the house. Now, she will be very concerned about what is going on out front as well as what is going on at the “dog fighting” house behind them.
Frankly, waiting until summer could be the difference in moving both my parents while reasonably competent and in decent shape and moving only one of them in a panic. Twenty years ago we could have had the luxury of waiting until the market was right. They might have even built a single story zero lot line for themselves. Those days have passed.
Hello hello! So glad to have Leaky back. I’m just not comfortable in the new castle. This is much friendlier/warmer feeling to me. I hope all are well. Classes are going well here – we’ve only had one meeting in each of my classes, but I think I’m really going to enjoy them. A good mix of upper and lower level students. Should be fun!
LH, my mom is getting ready to move her parents. Sadly they are not as enthusiastic and cannot manage anything financially. Count your blessings!
LEW, of course, you are correct. If they couldn’t handle the move financially and/or were antagonistic to it the whole experience would be worse. I would not be in your mother’s place.
My mother has never lived in a rental property, much less in a rental property in which she will share a wall with another person or persons. She stayed with me in my dorm room for a week when I had a wet cast on my foot and could not drive myself to get back to school or to the first couple of days of classes off campuses. Every time the back door to the dorm opened or closed and every time anyone ran up or down the stairwell she would sit up in bed and say, “What was that?!”
So, she will have an adjustment with sharing a wall and a ceiling with other people. Fortunately, three of the four walls are exterior so only one wall of the apartment is against another rental space but the ceiling will have someone living over them. She has also never had a sidewalk just outside the window. She will have to adjust to the idea of seeing people right outside her windows. She has always lived around people who could afford to own their own homes.
She will have to adjust to smelling other people’s cooking, sharing other people’s roaches. That will make her CRAZY, the roaches.
I’ve done three loads of washing and a fair bit of housework, but it still feels like I’ve had a nice, gentle day. I suppose that just shows how manic it is at work at the moment!
I cooked cottage pie tonight, and it was lovely. Just what was needed on a cold and wintry day.
Graymayne, your stew sounds lovely. I think swede works wonderfully in winter stews, but it is one of the few things my DS really can’t abide.
And I keep forgetting to tell you…… One of our national radio stations runs a children’s writing competition, a short story of 500 words. My daughter has decided to enter!
Well, modern building practices include the fact that the adjoining walls must be at least 2 hour fire rated. That also helps with sound and smell insulating. Newer apartments are not quite so communal as they used to be. The fire laws do work in favor of the tenants in the areas of sound abatement and privacy. A sidewalk right outside the window will require good light blocking window treatments to help with the privacy and some security issues, especially at night. ;)
To avoid the roach and other bug issues, lay down a barrier of insecticide along the full length of the adjoining wall before moving a single stick of furniture in and again every 3 to 6 months, depending on whether they (or you) see any activity. Also spray around the outside of the kitchen & bathroom cabinets and inside all the under sink cabinets before they move in (roaches and ants seek moisture there). I believe at least one company sells a barrier spray in the large bottle with a sprayer on a tube. I know that most apartment management companies spray regularly, but they sometimes use a very diluted and weak mixture. ;)
DEANIE, my mother has found a barrier spray she swears by. I was telling her to go in and pretreat before they move anything in.
The realtor who is handling the neighbor lady’s house across the street came and talked to us today. He is coming back on Wednesday to do the paperwork but will not actually list the house until after my parents are out of it and have taken everything they intend to take. Then, he will have whatever cleaning and sprucing up that needs to be done accomplished and rearrange the leftover furniture so it is not just an empty house. Once he has a contract pending he can bring in the ladies to do an estate sale of what is left there.
I have been gone almost all day. We will be having frozen pizza for dinner as I made no arrangements for food before I left home this morning.
ASTI, how wonderful. Will your daughter spruce up a story she already has or write a complete new one?
It was announced last night that my high school will be closing its doors at the end of the year. You might recall I lost my university last year. Three years ago I lost the church in which I grew up. The places I spent my formative years appear to be disappearing.
With the announcement of the closing of my high school I am now worried about what will become of the property values in the area. My school was the only private high school still functioning in the area. The reason my parents purchased that house 37 years ago was in order to send me to that school.
It was worth their sacrifice and the expense. As a result of that school I won a full paid trip through university and I was practically able to walk through my four years at college. As a result of my time in university I recieved another free ride through grad school.
Once again, I am sad at the demise of a piece of my history. How can these institutions that served me so well simply cease to exist?
Lady Hawke I am relieved to hear that so much will be undertaken by the realtor, that will be a big help. Are you anywhere near a decision on the choice of apartment? Are the doors wide enough for wheel chairs or can your parents get around on foot in their home?
On the topic of noise in apartment blocks I have found that people who have never lived in them do not appreciate the noise that is generated when a door is opened and closed and they tend to stomp up staircases instead of walking quietly.
The sun is shining this morning, wow!
Asti Good luck to your daughter for the story-writing competition.
The electrician came by yesterday to look at my box. He said the wires look good going in but the circuit breakers need replacing. They are too old and loose in the box. So he’s coming back with new circuit breakers . We shall see how it goes.
I need to remove things in the bedroom to clear a path to the hotwater heater. He said he would need to check it out to make sure everything is ok. He seens to think that it won’t be a problem to get everything working again. That is good news.
Lady Hawke It seems like things are moving quickly for you. I don’t envy the moving part. It makes me tired just thinking about it.
Asti That sounds good for your daughter. Good luck in the competition.
Neither of my parents use a wheelchair at home and currently neither use one out in public. They both use walkers. If anyone becomes literally wheelchair bound to the point they can’t even walk far enough to get from a doorway to the toilet independently it will be time to move to a nursing faciity.
If anyone would like to see photos of the interior of the sample apartment, the same floorplan my parents would have, here is the link.
I talked to my mother last night about her expectations about noise and pointed out her experience when she stayed with me in my dorm. She said she had already considered that and she was mostly concerned over my father but had decided he can’t hear well so he will notice less than she will and she will get accustomed to it.
SIRIUS, I don’t have the dimensions yet but I can tell the bedrooms are larger than the guest room and my own bedroom in my parent’s current home. The living room is just as large as it looks in the photo. I was started at the size as I had prepared myself for a tiny space requiring much smaller furniture which was going to be a problem since we are large people. My mother was relieved to see the photo of that kitchen with all those cabinets. She was loath to give up as much of her cooking utensils and accessories as she was expecting to have to lose.
Now that I know they are serious about the move I may go to the apartment complex and ask for the measurements so I can draw it off on graph paper and start playing “move the paper furniture” around on the graph paper drawing.
Lady Hawke That looks like a great apartment. Will they be able to get on the first floor? Maybe you and your daughter will be able to take advantage of the pool and weight room. If I didn’t have the dogs I might like an apartment like that.
COOLG, they will have a ground floor apartment. They couldn’t have anything else. Yes, I hope my daughter and I can make use of the facilities as guests of my parents. There are paved walking trails through the wooded areas of the complex so we might even take the dogs over there for a walk.
There is a dollar store adjacent to the complex. It has some frozen foods, a basic grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, some clothing and housewares. It is a local company owned by members of our church when our church was still open. So, I can invision a lot less running back and forth to the grocery for items we forgot to purchase during the day out.http://www.fredsinc.com/
The other direction through a side gate is a family owned hamburger/fry/and shake place as well as a Waffle House. Less than half a mile away they are constructing a high end factory outlet mall (Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, etc.). So, I would suspect the area will soon have more businesses and restaurants. There is already a fairly expensive Cajun restaurant across the street. The local community theatre is also across the street.
Oh, and they will have their own washer/dryer hook up in a laundry room in their own space.
All I am going to say about work is, I am glad I am not working tomorrow.
Thanks for all the messages about my daughter! I am really pleased she’s going to enter. She’s going to write a new story, she’s thinking about an immortal man from Tudor times……..inspired both by Little Hawke’s book recommendation, and her school project on The Tudors. She has been very industrious today and completed all her homework so she can make a start on her story tomorrow!
Lady Hawke, things seem to be happening quickly! That complex looks really lovely. I am glad your parents feel they can make a home there. On the noise thing….. Maybe knowing they are in a safe place will make any sounds from their neighbours less disturbing than the noises they can hear now?
We have had a noticeable rise in temperature today, thank goodness, but there has been heavy rain in other areas which brings the risk of more flooding.
Lady Hawke The apartment looks very comfortable and practical and is most attractive. The biggest nightmare of downsizing is the amount of stuff that accumulates when you live in a house for many years. It makes me shudder just to think of it. How handy to have a pharmacy so close at hand.
CoolG I’m pleased to hear that the electrican has turned up to sort out your problems. That will be one less thing to worry about for the rest of the winter.
geez LH I think I want to move in there !!!!!!! I could walk to everything I need.
noticeably warmer here too – about 25 degrees warmer than the last few weeks. We’re Having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave.
Truly, SIRIUS, diagonally across the street is a large Catholic church.
IRONSOS, did you ever see CLOUD ATLAS. I am pretty sure it was you who brought the trailer for the movie to our attention. My daughter spent the night with my parents and we went to dinner and a movie. I don’t know if you ever saw it. I would not recommend it to anyone in the mood for an uplifting, positive experience. The message of every life and every action, taken or untaken, being altered by or altering the future and the past, is hammered home. The plot twists were just too bloody, jaded and depressing for me. I was in no mood to just come home and try to go to sleep. It left me anxious and jittery. Did you see it and enjoy it?
Lady Hawke: I am planning to see the movie when it comes to Amazon.com. Cannot handle
movie houses at the moment due to loudness and not being able to sit properly without sitting
in a facing aisle. Am planning on getting the book. From what I can tell I think I might like the
book more than the movie.
I kept getting messages from LadyHawke and Felipe
At first I couldn’t get in the new castle and I know I had a password before but I am not sure what happened.
Then I re-registered again but was so busy packing I did not have time to post. :(
But here I am posting from my hotel room in Texas.