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Old 12-20-2013, 12:40 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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in_ne, I hope you get outta there soon. LOL 'leaves' !

negirl, that is a sad thing,was there no alternative?

I am willing to 'take mom in' when living alone is not an option for her anymore but even being two thousand miles away, being her emotional support is taking a bit of a toll an mysef and DH. Esp. with this man 'friend' in the picture. We will see where THAT goes.

 
Old 12-20-2013, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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The folks on the next street over have just added an enormous attached garage with a big apartment above it. I've seen an older couple come and go so I'm assuming it's the senior parents or in-laws who live there. I wonder how that huge addition is affecting their property taxes (or should I say how much, as it's certainly up not down).

I live in a fantastic location for aging, but in a house that would be too big for me alone. I already have an attached garage and wonder about making it into a studio for similar purpose. I've seen granny/grampy "pods" that are like one huge studio apt. attached to the grown kids' homes. Interesting concept.

I wonder if anyone here has/has had such an arrangement and if so, how's it working out.
 
Old 12-20-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Me, too; would love to hear about multi generational household experiences.
 
Old 12-20-2013, 07:15 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following: We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Florida.

Now they live in a tin box that has wheels, but its strapped to the ground. They ride around on their bicycles, and wear name tags, because they don't know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck center but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there but they don't do them very well. There is a swimming pool too, but they all just jump up and down in it with hats on.

At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out and go cruising in their golf carts. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night - early birds. Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.

My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.

PRICELESS: Forward to all your "retarded grandparent" friends. Or just your "retarded" friends.
 
Old 12-20-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following: We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Florida.

Now they live in a tin box that has wheels, but its strapped to the ground. They ride around on their bicycles, and wear name tags, because they don't know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck center but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there but they don't do them very well. There is a swimming pool too, but they all just jump up and down in it with hats on.

At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out and go cruising in their golf carts. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night - early birds. Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.

My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.

PRICELESS: Forward to all your "retarded grandparent" friends. Or just your "retarded" friends.
That is great! I've already forwarded it to three people. I rather suspect it was written by a very clever adult, but who knows? That doesn't make any difference anyway, as it is funny as hell!
 
Old 12-21-2013, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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That is great! I've already forwarded it to three people. I rather suspect it was written by a very clever adult, but who knows? That doesn't make any difference anyway, as it is funny as hell!
Yes indeed, hilarious. At first I thought an adult wrote it but there's a few clues that a kid really did.

I have a handout for my classes with first sentences of essays and stories by jr high kids. I never fail to laugh out loud when I read them. They make "it was a dark and stormy night" seem like Pulitzer literature.
 
Old 12-21-2013, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default My nomination for weirdest poll

In the Weather Forum there is a poll asking in what kind of weather sex is more enjoyable for you. I contributed some sublime poetry on page two.
 
Old 12-21-2013, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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In the Weather Forum there is a poll asking in what kind of weather sex is more enjoyable for you. I contributed some sublime poetry on page two.
???? Looking forward to seeing your poetry.

Oh, I just did. Are you the poet of this deep and meaningful poem?
 
Old 12-21-2013, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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???? Looking forward to seeing your poetry.

Oh, I just did. Are you the poet of this deep and meaningful poem?
To be honest I cannot claim that poem is original with me. But great art deserves to be shared, don't you think, even if one is not the author or creator of it?

Oh dear, I just checked back there and the thread has been closed! It has already sunk down to almost the bottom of page one. The Weather Forum must be a rather busy one. So much for my immortal contribution.

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Old 12-21-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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I once took a class on Urban Design, the concepts were mind blowing, all around designing inter generational housing. But, it takes money, and an old person, and young person willing to have the same vision. My Mom, is a "Crazy Cat Lady", and likes her life that way. I say, one cat is plenty. No consensus there.
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