So, have been missing for a while now. But I do try to check in every day and at least greet all our Newcomers.
Last week my family suffered the unexpected death of a beloved Cousin. He was 58. Had family coming in from all over and between the services and company at home, it was a very long week. Still it is always fun to be able to spend time with everyone. And Bruce and I had a lot of time with my sister, two of my brothers, Brittany and Izabella. Bruce was a real trooper. Long days and nights, but he was with us 100% of the time.
Things have been going very well since my retirement. We are getting so much done, but it is what we choose to do, not what has to be done. I am finding that I am not exhausted just getting out of bed in the morning. Yes, there are days that are difficult, but the level of stress is so reduced, I think we are dealing with problems better.
My work called in the middle of all this and asked if I could do some projects from home. The good thing about being with my brothers and sister was they advised me as to their suggestions to negotiate a new contract and that certainly was a positive outcome from what was a very difficult week. So my time here will continue to be short but will have some extra holiday dollars.
Bruce is doing well. Still baby steps - but at least forward movement. He loves me being home and is so excited about being a Grand-uncle again. He has been helping stockpile supplies for both Melissa and Ethan and Mary Beth and Dave. He reminded me that the Grandparents need supplies at home as well.
We have started planning for the holidays. Halloween was great. Lots of kids and great costumes. Bruce does love seeing all of them. Brittany had dressed Izabella and brought her up for dinner last Thursday with all the family that was here.
Our weather has been horrid. Nor'easter two weeks ago and pretty much the same over the weekend. Fortunately everyone got back home safely. Another cousin had done my gutters last week but after the weekend, all loaded up again and we still have one huge tree in the front that hasn't started to change yet - so gutter control continues. Julie has suggested that I try the mesh gutter covers next year. Our Contractor does not suggest the cap-type for us as the back roof does not get sun in the winter and roof would not be able to be raked efficiently with those types of gutter covers. But the difference is that I have time to problem solve rather than throwing a bandaid on an issue and hope it sticks.
So that is the news from the shack. Thank you for all the condolences. Debbie