I just could not help myself, I had to post this photo. Aren't they gorgeous? I love that my granddaughter looks so serene and happy as a mother almost as though she's found something that she didn't know she needed.
We are up to the Year of the Rooster but I feel I'm being pecked to death by money grubbers not birds.
First a letter from Optusnet saying they will not be supporting 2G phones past March. Mother has a 2G cheap pre-paid mobile. It's easy she presses one button and gets me but not anymore, they won't put any more money on pre-paid. So now a pre-paid cheap Optusnet phone has to be bought and I am not teaching her to use it. I'll get them to put in the sim card which I have to pick up at the Home on the way to Southland and my home phone number on speed dial.
I had another call before I left on Tuesday. He was doing eye testing at the Home and mother had picked out lens and frames, a bit of a cataract, two degrees deterioration and that will be $500 please.
This is an aged care home, pensioners, half of whom wouldn't have a clue what he was doing. I asked him if they were gold plated and he gave me a discount of $60, that'll be $440.00 please. Now I hadn't been informed he was coming, Mum has her own girl who knows how to handle elderly people but she isn't allowed in anymore only if affliliated with SCcare. Mum's a bit deaf in one ear so probably only heard half of what he said. Arrives the daughter in a filthy mood because my foot is hurting. They had put up an eye chart which mum couldn't read (not the only one to complain) and then handed some frames to try. Can anyone tell me why you would take frames already fitted with prescription lenses and expect old people to be able to see in a mirror? It isn't polite to go someone who is smaller than oneself but it took him 2 seconds to hit mum's room with the frames. The frames that he said she picked out were absolutely revolting, too small and almost black and on a face as white as a sheet, they didn't look good. She didn't like them and was certain she hadn't picked them. I made him go through 15 frames before I was satisfied and she looked good. She always has a pink tint and he didn't want to do that. She has a large black spot just between the eye and nose, we know what it is and it isn't being touched but the frames mustn't touch it. That will be $440 please, not until I'm there to make sure they fit, she can see through them and they have a pink tint. I really will have to stop watching Vikings.
Then there's next door, the new neighbours. A letter in the box informs me that want a new fence as soon as possible and my share will be........but my share won't be that because the fine print says owners must removed all tree roots, rocks and shrubs which would cost me in the region of nearly $400 to get a gardener (Mick the Mower just mows) and I know there is one shrub which is holding the fence up and it's a beast to cut. I've cut it right to the ground at least 3 times and back up she comes. Ivy all along and over, Lillypilly tree in the corner with roots underground. And then in the finer print, when they are digging the post holes, it's $20 for every rock or root they come across and I know there's a mound of bluestones up the side way thanks to stupid ex. Also $500 to pull the fence down and remove. I've told them I have no money, none especially for a gardener, they don't have trees right on the fence. Now hernextdoor has taken photos of the fence and will get involved and that's when I will lose either money or a limb. We'll talk it out over the weekend and he can see what's involved on my side, poverty, his side, two grown sons and him with salaries.
And for the cherry on top, Bank of Melbourne has fixed my mother's ATM card so that if I use it for her bits and pieces, the money comes out of my account instead of hers.
If you hear of a woman being arrested at Southland tomorrow, you'll know who it is.
And mother is back on oxygen, ventolin and antibiotics, thank you, Year of the Rooster.