We have sent our first email to my sister-in-law, suggesting she keep the house (and the car, which it turns out she and Paul already arranged for her to keep) as her share of the inheritance and we keep the cash/stocks as our share. WE SHALL SEE. I did manage to talk Paul out of fixing the roof for her, but he is still being family-weirdness about the whole thing. I was reduced to saying that it is NORMAL for a grown adult to have to pay for housing, and so if she has to get a home equity loan (i.e., a MORTGAGE) to pay for repairs on her house, that will be part of a NORMAL LIFE that includes paying either rent or mortgage, and her mortgage payment will be VASTLY lower than OURS---and he STILL was acting weird about it, like maybe she shouldn't have to make either housing payments or car payments or ANYTHING? I don't know.
And if she declines the house, the next step is to say, "Okay, then, let's sell it." Maybe some contractor will buy it and do that thing where they fix it up fast with odds and ends of tile and flooring and cover everything with a thick coat of paint in Rental Cream. But I hope it doesn't come to this, because the thought of trying to EXTRICATE the sister-in-law from the house gives me a headache.
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Similasan, through November 18, about soothing and cheering sick children. Giveaway: $100 Visa gift card.
Ragu, through tomorrow, in which the Thistles taste-test two versions of pasta sauce. Giveaway: $100 Visa gift card, plus a link to another sweepstakes where you can win a huge cooking gift basket.
The TWELFTH and LAST Kellogg's giveaway, through November 1, about breakfast rituals (like a special Christmas breakfast or special birthday breakfast). Giveaway: $100 Visa gift card.
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