Thanks to Jess, I just realized that I haven't posted a blog since the first few days I was in Florida! I've been back in Germany since Tuesday, hit the ground running (figuratively) at the language school, found myself falling asleep on the train commute home from the city, but unable to get to sleep at night. Ah, the delights of jet lag! I'm feeling pretty much over it now, after two nice long nights of 9+ hours each.
I've updated on some of my team threads about the rest of the Florida trip so forgive me if you've already read parts of my epistle elsewhere!
The reception for the show of my father's artwork was great. Flowers, music, food, lovely ambience! Dad would have had a great time! Most of the people there were either friends of mine or of his and Mom's or both. He was a rather shy person but also kind of loved being the center of attention - or at least having his work be admired and respected as it was that evening. Sales were minimal but the exhibit hangs for another 7 weeks.
The other main purpose of my trip was to help finalize the sale of my parents' condo. I didn't think I would actually have to be there physically. According to the lawyer and realtor, I should have been able to sign the documents and return them by mail or esign. But, as it turned out, it was crucial that I was there because the man who was to handle the financials for the condo association had fallen down on the job. I ended up compiling the necessary information for the buyer myself, and found a rats' nest of unpaid bills and unsorted receipts.
My challenge and my prayer was to keep my temper and to demonstrate Christian love to this man while sorting out the mess and getting the accounts up-to-date. I actually had to go to his house to get the paperwork I needed. He wasn't stealing funds, just mismanaging the paperwork and, on top of that, wasn't answering his phone or messages. I learned that he's going through personal bankruptcy proceedings and has been overwhelmed by the whole situation. In fact, he now has his rental unit in the condo group up for sale.
(By the way, I'm certainly not one to point the finger when it comes to getting into financial crises by sticking my head in the sand. In fact, this is one reason why I have an ostrich as my profile picture these days! I've grown tired of living in a constant crisis mode, often produced by procrastination.)
While in Florida, I also got one of the tax returns filed, had a great talk with the accountant about God and faith, along with our discussion of how to get the rest of the estate bookkeeping in order.
The weather was beautiful almost every day. That sure makes doing unpleasant tasks a lot easier.
I have so many other things to report but I'll save some for another day. I really want to finish out the two challenges I'm on strong, so I plan to be around SP on a daily basis again.
Go, Firecrackers, Go Azuritas!