Good morning. After a lovely, sunny day yesterday, I was a bit dismayed to look out upon a wet world again today. It's obviously been raining for some time and looks set to continue. Thankfully, today is an inside day; there's nothing we have to do that takes us outside for any reason.
I didn't enjoy the drive up yesterday. There seems no point now, there's no one to see the other end and it's just a drive. I think it is the first time that my soul hasn't rejoiced in the changing seasons, the landscape, the hedgerows, etc. A shame, but I am sure it will all come back again in due course.
I did enjoy my first time back at Slimming World after the Zoom Meetings. It was nice to see people again and there were a number of people there whose children I have taught in the past. It's always nice to see ex-parents.
Then I went home, pottered and packed and set out.
The time with the funeral directors was harder than I expected, not because there were any big decisions to make - there weren't - it was just the emotional impact. Being absolutely sure of Dad's wishes meant that there was very little to discuss. It's not going to be an open coffin, that's not what out family does, so no decisions about what Dad wears or anything like that. All very basic but there were little touches that are thoughtful. They will put a notice in the local paper about Dad's death, set up a Giving Page for donations to the local hospice, all that sort of thing. And there will be a podcast.
One lovely thing that nearly set me off is that the ashes will be scattered in the same place that Mum's ashes were scattered. Such a little thing but how lovely is that!
Beth arrived in the evening and we had a good old chat but I was so weary that I went off to bed early-ish and, for once, slept the whole night through.
So - today!
Morning is clothes, I think, as that's the hardest task. Afternoon can be photos and then wrapping up some or all of the china Beth is taking with her. I'm not sure it can all go in one journey, not because of space in the car but in terms of bags to carry it but we'll give it a good go.
Have a lovely day, whatever is on your schedule, and take care. xx