Sunday, October 9, 2011
Back to normal, sort of...(sigh)
Ah, looks like our usual Indian Summer has arrived. I knew it was only a matter of time, but I did enjoy those few weeks of almost-sweater-and-scarf weather.
But our lives still aren't quite back to normal. We just finished up the High Holidays, the first without my MIL, which was hard. We all gathered to break the Yom Kippur fast at her house as she'd wanted, and her absence was palpable. Her home was the family gathering place, where holidays were celebrated, and out of town family always had a place to stay. My BIL and his wife are mostly handling going through her things and clearing out the house to rent (at least until the real estate market picks back up) but they're leaving at the end of the month to get back to their boat in Fiji, and need to have the place renter-ready before they leave. So we'll be helping with that process as much as we're able on weekends.
My MIL (and my FIL, before he passed away a few years ago) had collected so much nice furniture and household things over the years and it's a shame, but most of it will probably have be sold or donated as none of the kids or other family have the space or lifestyle to keep much of it. Which has me thinking about my own family heirlooms and whether it makes sense to start divesting some of them, as there's really no one to hand them down to.
And then last week our boss told us that we'd been tasked with a MegaProject, one of those year+ software development projects that's Job 1 and Pedal to the Metal. So to say I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment is probably not an overstatement. I do plan to keep up blogging, even if there may be weeks where posting is sparse, as I love the process, the friends I've made, and the wonderful online conversations that result. Thanks in advance for your forbearance.