Hey Girls! Yep --- holidays and other times of memories seem to do a # even if it's been 6 years since losing my Mom. Of course, staying in her home with my Dad ill brings it all back up over and over. The emotional ups and downs get tough - but we just have to do it a day at a time. Today my Dad brought me this little puppet like Santa Claus he had in a drawer, and he said Do You Need This? He has always been a scrooge at Xmas - so I thought he was going to be the same this year. It got the best of me, and I put it on the counter where we could see it. I will be going to be with my husband about 1 hour away next Tuesday, and come back after Xmas day. Will be tough, but have someone to call him as well as myself, and hoping for the best. Plan to cook up lots of tv style dinners to freeze as his hands are so stiff from PD that he can barely open things. His walking is not good, but he has survived as he goes to get his meds, to the grocery store, and I worry -but no one else will offer. I pray he hears from my brothers, but as usual as much as I have tried --- I expect nothing. Somehow that little Santa Claus did a # on my heart just as I was a little "peeved" with him again, so it felt good, and it felt bad too!