The Cain't Bee Buzz
Smiley (me) and Southern Belle (my girl-friend and friend of Cain't Bee for twenty years) started the Cain't Bee Buzz recently to chronicle the humor, moods, perils, fears and experiences of two sisters in their eighties--Cain't Bee and Myrtle. They live in Cain't Bee's house in the Bay Area, a beautiful house that Cain't Bee has owned for over fifty years. Myrtle moved in with Cain't Bee after her brother, Max died. An excellent portfolio of rental properties and Myrtle's former large house in the Bay Area are now in probate. Cain't Bee's son, Slow Hand, and attorneys Fred Flintstone and Ron Marbles are handling the probate, which began as of the hearing date on August 29, 2012.
Myrtle and Cain't Bee receive 24/7 in home health care because they are old and have chronic conditions. Hepcat is the lead employee and her supervisor is Carolina. Carolina's co-manager is Dale Evans. This service costs them over $200,000 per year. Their hair care costs about $10,000 per year and is done by a long time friend, in their home. The maintenance of Myrtle's old house costs approximately $50,000 per year, which includes vet care, feeding of cats and raccoons and house cleaning. Food costs are running about $25,000 per year. Fortunately, Cain't Bee and Myrtle have a lot of assets and rental income, as the probate tax may reach $300,000, depending on the appraisals.
Slow Hand recently arranged a new, professional in home health care service, because for the past several months the care was too costly and didn't meet minimal criteria of excellent care. The transition wasn't easy and we used the rant to help follow the events and sort out the household and yard problems that needed to be resolved. There were visits and paperwork from APS, EDD, IRS and the bank, due to the way things were handled previously. Slow Hand and Tiny Blind Joe, the CPA, and the attorneys brought things back to normalcy.
One lingering issue is that Cain't Bee wants Slow Hand to move to the house that she and Myrtle co-own in Sonoma County. Slow Hand gets overwhelmed with constant calls and issues by Cain't Bee and so far has not set any date about moving to the country house.
Southern Belle talks to Cain't Bee daily and does the financial tasks and shopping on weekends, as Cain't Bee has been unable to do them since her stroke last year.
Of course the whole issue is about the well-being of Cain't Bee and Myrtle. Myrtle is doing much better than she was when she first moved in with Cain't Bee. Cain't Bee is doing well mentally and is even getting serious about physical therapy--she hasn't been that cooperative in the past. On weekends, Southern Belle and the ladies have a tea party with wine, popcorn, music and dancing by Southern Belle. Southern Belle made them a beautiful album of old photos found while she was going through Max's boxes, which are mostly being destroyed after Southern Belle looks at the paperwork. Max's trust was never found.
Southern Belle has learned a great deal from her service work for Cain't Bee and recently, Myrtle. I have learned a lot as well. We will continue the chronicle to be shared in the future for family and friends.
The house looks great, the yard has been cleaned up Myrtle's old house was painted inside and cleaned up also. Slow Hand will be here for vacation in September. Southern Belle's birthday is coming up soon and she will probably celebrate with Cain't Bee and the family at The Melting Pot.
A little humor!
Cain't Bee made Southern Belle take a photo of the the thermostat to confirm it was set properly.
Cain't Bee installed a commercial washer/dryer to force employees to use their own quarters to do their wash!
Cain't Bee got rid of the 18 piece bathroom set because the employees don't deserve luxury.
Cain't Bee told the employees not to use the dishwasher because it uses too much electricity.
Hepcat said she was moving to a new apartment, but it appears that all her belongings are at Cain't Bee's!
Cain't Bee is charging Hepcat to fix the bedroom floor she supposedly scratched!
Cain't Bee says the employees have to provide their own toilet paper!
Cain't Bee tells Myrtle she is wasting paper towels and Myrtle tells her to shut up.
Cain't Bee bans all cell phone use in the house and installs a payphone in the living room so she can keep track of how much time the employees are spending on the phone!
Cain't Bee fires Southern Belle again because she didn't use enough Snail Begone on the lousy tomato crop.
Cain't Bee pays tree surgeon $500 to plant the dying $450 tree in the backyard.
Cain't Bee wants to spend $10,000 spraying trees at the country house.
The Cain't Bee Buzz
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