Had not heard a peep out of katie since alex returned from camp. We know this is because she we only hear from her when she wants something. So......I dropped her a note. It bothers me when I don't hear from her for long periods. I swear this "woman" must believe that I am utterly stupid and gullible, that I have no life experience at all. M lost his job a few weeks ago. OMG what a shocker! *sarcasm* Although she trapped herself on one of her many lies. Just last week his hours were "cut". Welfare still has not straightened out their benefits. Bull crud. She's trying to convince me the kids are getting food stamps/insurance when she and M aren't. It's all or nothing here. She's still trying to convince me that the restaurant he worked for refuses to turn in paperwork to welfare and the apartment to show he's no longer working. While they do like paperwork stating the person has been fired, laid off ect......the man has a SS # they can check to see if he's drawn any wages. But I'm not buying it anyway. This is a long standing pattern and the excuse as to why the kids were doing without food/clothing in MO. According to katie and M this happens every time he loses a job. Then she asks me if I remember the car accident she was in when she was here before, the "one they had to cut me out of the car"? Uh, perhaps in YOUR world dear, but not the real one. Yes she was in an accident. Riding high on meth can do that to a person. (I asked docs to test her before they released her and they wouldn't) But she was NOT cut out of the car. She ran into a pole at about 15-20 mph. She didn't so much as have a bruise or scratch on her. So then she says her back and neck has never been the same and the cleaning ect has made her suddenly hurt sooooo bad, she's been in so much pain M has had to care for the kids and the house. Hahahahahah. Um.....when she was in Mo the cause of this "pain" was an accident she was supposedly in with her mom at age 12. She tells me she's only getting 129/mo for the kids to eat with. Um, no. Even with a dishwasher salary factored in there she'd get MUCH more than that. I mean when easy child and sister in law were on it with darrin alone back when she was in school she got so much they had trouble using it all. And I know better from my own experience as well. Not to mention Nichole's. M had to walk all the way into the center of town to the food pantry for food so they wouldn't go hungry and carry it all the way back. If he did, he didn't get much, if anything. Our food pantry is begging and pleading for donations, demand is much much higher than donations. But she didn't want to "burden" me with all of this since I have so much to worry about right now. I saw that and just.......might sound cold.........but I started laughing. No empathy. Nothing. Not even worry. I did tell her I'd give her a ride to the baby shower for nichole, but M had to watch the kids. I'm supposed to pick up nichole's bff that lives in the same complex and give her a ride as well, so no room for 3 misbehaved kids. But she asked if Kayla could come cuz she misses us and I said yes I guess we can squeeze her in. I didn't say a word about welfare or their money/food troubles in my response. Totally ignored it. I'm not taking her food from my stock pile, not giving her money I don't have to give. She's at the sink or swim stage now.....and it's not looking so good. Her lies are so blatant and obvious and ridiculous. And well.......after dealing with her dad's outrageous lies for years.....on some warped level I find it funny. She inherited his gene for horrible lying. Not to mention being too stupid to give it up when it's obviously not gaining her sympathy or anything else from the family. Can't wait for the "I need school supplies and clothes for the kids for school" request. Yeah, kiddo, good luck with that.