As the wind howls…

Catching up on reading blog posts after a stimulating day of packing up my grandmother’s apartment and responding to a letter from the VA “Debt Management Department” on her behalf (see my Scared Speechless post for background), I got home before the peak winds were due to hit.

So far the lights have only flickered, but Cee’s question: When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light? hit home: at the first flickers I lit candles in the living room, kitchen and bathroom. I also started up our gas fireplace (I’m not quite sure how to manage the electronic ignition by battery).  Before the flickers, based on the weather reports, I had already filled three thermoses with boiling water.

Here are answers to Cee’s other questions:

20150614-KSM-Puppy_FriendsDo you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes? Not very often. Most park benches aren’t terribly comfortable and, in Seattle, they are often wet and cold, also I tend to be walking when I am at parks (two dogs, need I say more?).

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers? Tough one. Right now I am trying to figure out how to deal with a safe, yet also pleasant, way for my grandmother to live. I think I would take the $10,000. That would cover the difference to give her a private room instead of a shared one at a nursing home for about eight months.

Another concern I have about distributing a large sum is that I feel very inadequate to know enough about various charities to do a good job of making decisions that will make real improvements. I’ve seen charities that have had unintended consequences.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? We have had a beautiful fall, this past week has had some lovely days and the colors are warm and cheerful, and inspiring.

At this very moment I am extremely appreciative that I have a safe place out of the weather. I wish everyone else had that as well. Maybe if I could figure out a way to help that along I would take the $100K.

Cee’s Share Your World

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