Plink, Mimi and Gail.
Thanks for your kind words. It's amazing how much more responsive and supportive my "on-line" friends are than all but one "real" friend. Thanks for that.
Gail, I'm afraid DH's healing with his sister is not complete, but has at least improved. One brother also had not spoken to us in that 15 years. He greeted us with a big hug and sincere apologies.
Our neighbor lost his wife of 40 years while we were gone to the funeral. He came over yesterday for coffee and just to get out of the house. He and DH talk about horses and exploits from their youth.
MIL had an aneurysm in her stomach that ruptured. She knew she had it, but put off doing anything about it. So DH is scheduled for an ultrasound on Friday as a precaution.
Also, DH's cousin has ALS. There was a charity walkathon a few months back. MIL couldn't do the walk, so she called around and got donations. We sent a check for $50. Today we got the acknowledgement from the ALS organization. Thanks to MIL, we've reconnected with this cousin and email back and forth now. She touched a lot of folks in many ways we'll probably never know about.
Tomorrow will be hard, not to talk to her on Christmas and tell her whether my attempt at her cornbread dressing recipe turned out okay this time (inside family joke... my first try was a total disaster). On a lighter note, I'll go visit my mom at the nh and carry gifts that have come in from my sibs.
Okay. I've rattled on enough. Thanks as always for this community of angels.
Peace on Earth,