The wife and I are heading to the body shop tomorrow morning to see the work that’s been done and to do a final water leak test. I won’t be satisfied until we are 100% sure it no longer leaks. I’ll take some pictures while we are there and post them tomorrow.
As for the Christmas blues, part of the reason is both my Mothers death and birthday were within 8 days of each other. My sister is driving the family insane which would take pages to explain and this year it will be just my brother, his wife and their son and I celebrating and none of us are really getting into it. Matt suggested I do some volunteer work, one has to have the free time to do these things, right now I just don’t.
What always got me into the spirit was knowing how much my Mother enjoyed getting ready to have everybody over and going shopping with her, she was like a kid in a candy store when she shopped for Christmas. Almost every year for most of this past decade my wife and I took her to the Amana Colonies during their Prelude to Christmas weekend. She loved doing that so much.
It’s just not going to be the same, this will be Christmas number 2 without her, last year we muddled through it in cruise control and it just kind of went by, we were numb so didn’t really think of Christmas. This year it has really sunk in I suppose and we are trying to find a new tradition and start fresh. I think once we get past this one, next year will be easier and hopefully it will become something we all look forward to again.
My spirits are a bit better today, there is snow on the ground, so many more houses are decorated this year than there was last year so slowly but surely I feel the humbug ebbing away. The only way is to take it day by day and remember that she would want us to celebrate as she would. We are striving to do so and hopefully we get there before Christmas has come and gone.
Thanks for the kind words everybody.