|Abbey and Natasha at the window one day when I got home from work. |
Please excuse the reflections.
I didn’t realize how long we had been away from blogging until I looked at my last post.
We didn’t mean to be away from the blog for this long. Abbey, Natasha, and Connor are doing fine. But the humans in the house have had a tough several weeks.
My mother-in-law passed away in August. Though it was expected, it wasn’t expected so soon. And we are never “ready” to lose a loved one, even when they are sick.
Mable Worley Barbour was 94 years old. She was in overall good health until earlier this year. She lived by herself until last August, for 10 of the 11 years since my father-in-law passed away. And she did well for most of the time she was in a nursing home. We are thankful that she wasn’t bedridden except near the end.
Larry is an only child, so he has had all of the responsibility of taking care of the estate and the tasks that must be done. That is hard to do while simultaneously dealing with the loss of a parent.
A bit earlier in August, I had to have an appendectomy. I got sick at work one morning with abdominal pain that just wouldn’t go away. I went home and tried all of my home remedies for what I thought was a digestive issue. That evening, Larry took me to the ER, and the next morning, I had surgery. I was able to go home the next day.
The day I got home from the hospital, Mable’s health started deteriorating rapidly, and she passed away early the next morning. I’m thankful I was able to get to the nursing home to spend time with her before she passed.
Through all of this, the kitties have helped to get us through. Of course, all the upset in household routine was hard on them. But our schedules are getting back to normal, and that’s a good thing for them.
I have missed you and have tried to keep up with what was going on in your lives. But I’m sure I’ve missed many things. I look forward to spending more time with you.