Mom was cremated, and we didn't have a public service. I was going to get her ashes on Wednesday but the state was covered in ice and my dad didn't have the ashes yet anyway. Plan B was Friday, but once again our state was covered in ice and Dad didn't have the ashes. Today was plan C. No ice, but no ashes either. Plan D - tomorrow. Snow is forecast. Of course.
But all in all, it was another good, productive week. Thanks to the icy times, my house has been fully de-holidayed and meticulously cleaned. Being shut in does weird things to a person.
This activity also included tidying up after having all of the kids and their various electronics at home. Somehow, a lone computer tower has bubbled up, like a lone sock from the laundry. Whose is it? Where did it come from?? And more importantly... where am I supposed to put it?!
We had a PEO meeting yesterday, and I want to share something that I hope readers won't mind. A member of our chapter died totally unexpectedly at the end of December. The timing so close to my mom's passing is why I say I hope no one minds, because I don't want this to come off as a "blog of death"!
Thing is, Bev's passing was in total contrast to my mom's. Bev was young, energetic, active, "full of life". She was a school teacher and very inspiring to me in my own teaching endeavors. She'd had a lower back injury a while back and successfully treated it with a chiropractor.
So when her lower back started bothering her in early November, she attributed it to the earlier injury needing some straightening out again. Back to the chiropractor. Except this time, it wasn't getting any better.
She visited her GP to see what other options she had, and ended up being diagnosed with - BAM - late stage colorectal cancer. She died just about a month after the diagnosis.
My PEO chapter, along with Bev's other friends and family members, are still in a bit of a state of shock. But yesterday's meeting was nice in that it was a means for us to gather and process this together and support each other. As sad as it is, it's brought us even closer. PEO is, by definition, an extremely supportive organization, and something like this really brings that quality out.
I mention it because I was looking back at last year's posts to see if I'd made any New Year's resolutions that had typically gone forgotten. Lo and behold, I found that I had resolved to "hook up" with a local PEO chapter after several years of inactivity on my part. Whaddya know? I did it!
As for this year, I haven't really made any specific resolutions yet. Just going with it.
Thanks for coming along! Take care of yourselves!