I think (read: hope) things are settling a bit. The good news is that I seem to be feeling better and actually got a few things done today -- like paying my bills and making headway on some much-needed housework.
* The mass was beautiful and Alex was surprised at how many people attended. I wasn't -- they are dear people who have given a lot to the city and touched a lot of lives. The wake was at what Jeff refers to as "the family manse" and it was well-attended, too. I made a couple things that Jeff and Alex requested but the caterers handled the rest. It was a wearing day for all of us. I insisted that Alex take a nap and left the guests to Jeff. The man is eighty-eight and needed to rest after all the hoopla at the church and the cemetery. All I did was make sure that everyone found the buffet and the bar and talked to the people I know a bit. The caterers were awesome and left everything perfect. The piper -- a local doctor -- stopped at the house for a wee jar -- and played for us. Bridget would have loved it.
* Jeff's been staying with Alex since they got back and I've been staying with Shaughnessy at Jeff's house. I stopped by on Sunday with the dog who needed to see his 'daddy' badly. Alex took me aside to his study and gave me Bridget's jewelry boxes. He said she loved me like a daughter and that I could have any or all of it. I was stunned and I cried. He said a lot of other things, too -- some really nice and others that I really had a hard time handling and didn't want to hear. In any case, when I collect my wits, I'm going to go through them and select a few things I like and return most of it to him. I am not comfortable accepting so much.
* Is anyone as tired of swine flu as I am? I got an interesting newsletter on from Texas congressman Ron Paul who is also a physician. He makes some excellent comments on the 'pandemic' and also on government running health care. With the way the government runs other things, I can't help but agree with him that it could be huge disaster. I do, however, have some huge concerns for those of us who are older and low income.
* The New York Times had an excellent, interesting article on torture and called for the impeachment of Jay Bybee, former assistant attorney general and currently a federal judge. If you think he should be removed from the federal bench you can sign a petition here.
* Can anyone recommend some flowers to plant? The house where my place is faces north and has a lot of shade due to huge trees so last year's flower beds were a disaster -- even my pots of petunias didn't do well. I want to make it look nice. I want something bright and bushy that grows in really crappy soil. I like no-fuss perennials best because I'm not the greatest gardener. Y'all can answer here or email me at the addy in the sidebar.
Not much else going on here. I'm going to try to get around to see y'all more often but I've also promised that I'd help go through Bridget's things and my own spring cleaning and assorted nonsense has been on hold.