Monday, December 28, 2009

Another Middle of the Night Call

Sweetie's oldest sister died at 2 a.m. and one of her daughters called us at 5 a.m.

He's taking a nap now, exhausted, and dreading a 10 hour drive to Brighton, MI. I'm not sure I even want to look at the weather map. The roads here are icy, the temps have plummeted and the wind is howling.

He had a doctor appointment this morning, then we picked up a prescription, used a gift certificate and had lunch with my Dad - and gave him his Christmas gift. We ventured out Christmas day to drop off a few things and headed home before the weather worsened so we saw very few people. It was another quiet day at home which is fine.

Right now, we're on autopilot. In 10 months he's lost three family members. In eight months I've lost four friends. It seems all we do is pack and drive; stand in line, hug and shake hands; unpack and wonder what day of the week it is.

For the New Year I'm going to get a new address book. When I made out Christmas cards there were so many names crossed out it was depressing.

I have no energy today and find myself wishing I were sitting on the beach in Florida! Must be getting old or insane, as I've never like Florida.

Yesterday I was going to post here about New Year plans and thoughts on what we have learned here in 2009. Maybe another day.

Keep warm, safe and be grateful for your family and friends. Treesong


Anonymous said...

Florida beaches , probably just the feeling of the need to 'get away from all the sadness'. Then you would have to fly home for any family events...probably not exactly what you want to do either. Life , when we were young and dumb was so much easier and we didn't know it until now.

debbieo said...

I am sorry for your loss.

I have a tip I'd like to pass on. When I got my new address book several years ago I recorded everything in pencil so as folks move and pass it can be changed and rearranged without quite as much ugly.

It looks like folks like us will be put to the test this year as the food shortage they are predicting comes.

Mayberry said...

My sincerest condolences to you both. What a miserable time to lose a loved one. I should know, I lost my Grandpa this week in 1989. My thoughts and prayers are with y'all. Take care...

HermitJim said...

Seems like the saying that "when it rains, it pours" is more true than ever before, doesn't it?

Sorry for the loss of your family member...and I hope that hubby has a safe trip.

Thoughts are with you and the family, my fried!

treesong said...

We leave tomorrow at 5 a.m. for the Cadillac area to pick up Sweetie's son, then head to South Lyon & our motel room to freshen up. Visitation will be well underway by the time we drag outselves into the funeral home. Funeral the next morning, then return his son, then stop at his mom's vacant house to stay the night and check on our place next door that we sold on a land contract. With luck and prayers, we'll drive home Friday.

Thanks all of you for your thoughts. Treesong

Did it MY way said...

My prayers are with you and yours. Seems the holidays have claimed yet more. I lost my wife, dad and mother in Decembers.

Have a safe trip.

Life still has to go on for the living.

God Bless.

2 Tramps said...

We are sorry for all that you have been going through. I lost my Dad in December some years ago and understand how tough things like this can be during the holidays. It does get better with time but it sure hurts hard at first...