It was cold and rainy this week – AND we had SNOW on Friday. The nasty weather seemed to suit our mood because Dr. M’s brother passed away on Wednesday morning. He had rallied earlier in the week, but in the end he left us. As I said on Facebook, he was a brilliant, complicated, Rhyne-stubborn, generous, and funny man. We will miss his irascible self.
Sunday, March 3rd
My birthday! I came home early from church and we went to take Dr. M’s father to the hospital. My father-in-law has always had one or two outside cats, but he has quite a few now. Here are three of the five that I saw that day. As I said last week, they had a good visit with Dr. M’s brother. (Dr. M & his father had a good visit - not the cats!)
Monday, March 4th
My coworkers gave me a cake for my birthday – yum!
We had a visitor – such a princess!
Tuesday, March 5th
Dr. M had another good visit with his brother this day. Meanwhile. I wandered around the office looking like this for who knows how long. Sheesh.
Wednesday, March 6th
We lost Dr. M’s brother today. Here is a picture of my father-in-law and his two sons.
Thursday, March 7th
Friday, March 8th
Bird action. The goldfinches are getting brighter!
I left work early today to go do some cleaning at my father-in-law’s house. He is pretty much ready for any fly situation.
Saturday, March 9th
Dr. M’s brother was adamant about not wanting a funeral, but the family wanted to do something, so we had a receiving line of sorts where folks could offer condolences to the family. It turned out very well.
This was a hard week. We’re on the other side now, but there is still a lot for Dr. M to do. His brother had been the primary support for his father. Dr. M has taken over many of the tasks since we moved back home, but there were still things that his brother handled. This means that Dr. M will basically be running two households and that perhaps I shall have to step up to the plate and do more things around our house. See how I turned this into something for me to complain about? It’s a special talent of mine. One good thing about this situation is that we’re not part of sandwich generation – no kids to worry about!