Hello dear friends. First things first I want to thank you for all your kind comments on my last post back in July regarding my husband's passing and the birth of my granddaughter. I'm sorry I didn't respond to your comments as I usually do or make it by to visit, it's been a tough time for me. Thank you to all who have checked back in on me since then too. It means so much to me to know you have been thinking of me in my absence.
I am hanging in there. I have continued to immerse myself in work and have dealt with and am still dealing with the seemingly endless paperwork and phone calls that come with the death of a spouse along with changing and rearranging everything to keep my own affairs in order. It's been quite a nightmare.
Speaking of nightmares, hurricane Ian showed up back in September. It came ashore about forty miles south of where I live. Ian was one of the scariest and worst hurricanes I've ever been through, that's saying a lot after living in Florida my entire life. There was quite a bit of damage to my home, but in comparison to so many others I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I still had a roof over my head and my home was still safe to live in. Of course it has added more paperwork, more phone calls, and more money out the window. I guess I have to be thankful I still have a window to throw the money out of, so many lost their homes in that devastating storm. I sure hope any of you who were in the path of Ian made it through safely and hopefully with minimal damage.
The holidays were difficult for us this year but we managed. My son, his wife, and the baby were all directly exposed to someone who came down Covid the week before Christmas - I hadn't even thought about Covid in so long. We played it safe and had a throwback socially distanced outdoor get together. It just figures, for the first time in many years we had a cold Christmas day, it was in the 30s, overcast, and windy. It was not ideal for an outdoor get together. It was a fairly quick celebration but at least we were together for a little while. It was probably for the best for this year anyway, no time to dwell on things. Thankfully none of those who were exposed came down with Covid. It has been long enough that they should be in the safe zone now.
This year has obviously sucked overall for me, but my sweet little grandbaby has been the one constant bright spot. I have been taking care of her a few days a week since back in August. She hit eight months old on the 28th. She is all over the place, into everything, and as fast as as can be already. She sure can wear me out but has brought me an amazing amount of joy. My baby girl was certainly named appropriately - Luna means moon and she has definitely been the light in the darkness for me. I can't wait to share more about her with you.
I guess I'll wrap things up for now. I just wanted to pop in to let you know how things are going. I still have no idea when I might be able to get back to blogging but please let me know how you've been and what you've been up to. I miss all of you so much.
I hope your holidays were wonderful. Here's to a Happy New Year!
Peace, love and hugs,