Glad to hear things are working out with that family.
Interesting times here (as in no good deed goes unpunished). One of my sisters said there was a woman staying at the crisis center who needed someone to look after her dog because they were kicking her out (she had over-stayed her time) and she'd have to go to a homeless shelter. I was told she left home because she had an abusive partner ...
So I agreed to rent her out my spare bedroom ....
Turns out she has most of the earmarks of a sociopath. She didn't leave home voluntarily - the police had forced her, not her hubby,out because SHE was drunk and whacked out and physically abusive (do you know how rare it is that the woman has to leave, even if it's her fault?). Lovely :-( She lies and exaggerates all the time, makes up things to manipulate people, blames everyone else for her problems, and things get really ugly when she doesn't get her way. I caught her making up stuff again last night, and she defended it by saying (again) that everyone lies, it's normal, that's the way she was brought up, etc. - any excuse to avoid taking personal responsibility for her actions.
She has no real education (high school drop-out, the government paid for a short course at a "beauty academy". So, she now claims that she knows all about medicine, etc ... but it gets worse.
On the one hand, she claims she can get a job within a week. On the other, it's the fault of the french-speaking majority that she's now stuck on welfare because nobody's going to hire someone who doesn't speak french. She didn't learn it in school because "the french they teach is Parisian french." "The french are garbage, rude, trash, blah blah blah." I guess nobody warned her my two daughters are half-french. Turns out that, despite being in her early 50s, and living here most of her life, she's an idiot. "It's the same as you - you don't speak french." I pointed out that I speak, read, and write both languages, and that I am not treated rudely by the french, to the contrary ... and no, I didn't learn it in high school. The cultural prejudice is strong with this one.
She's also paranoid, which doesn't help.
So, quite and adventure. My sister said that they were supposed to get her to see a doctor about her mental problems by today, but that's not happening. We (my sister and I) have given her until Monday to start smartening up our out she goes. It seemed to work for a few days, until she started lying again. Too bad, because her dog really likes it here, and in just over a month, he's filled out quite a bit.
In other news, , on Monday my retinal specialist said I only need to go back for a bit of laser to zap some blood vesseis in my good eye (there had been a couple of days of bleeding), and that the increasing blurriness of the vision with my bad eye was caused by retinal thinning - something I had never heard of before - learn something new every day. They'll probably have to do another vitrectomy, but it's not as bad as it looks. You're awake for the whole thing, but there's no pain whatsoever. It's the weeks you have to go around with your head pointing straight down that are (literally) a pain in the neck.
Going down to -20 in the day, -25 at night tomorrow, so dog walks are going to be QUICK (in part because Toby is 13-14 years old, and he really doesn't like the cold any more. He was so motionless lying on my bed that I thought that yesterday might be the end of him, but he's better today. So, odd as it may seem with all that's going on, I'm happy :-)