I hope everyone is having a happy Christmas 2012. The dogs are keeping me busy which is good - this Christmas is very hard for me - it's the first one without my father - my life completely revolved around him and I lost him this year - so things are very different in my house right now.
Tonight I went around took a couple pictures of the very few things that I left in place, that I couldn't bear to remove of the things that reminded me of my Dad -
This chair holds the socks and tshirt that I removed from my Dad the last night that he came from the facility that he had moved to when he couldn't stay with me anymore - which is where he stayed the last 4 months of his life - but he used to come home some weekends - about 2 weeks before he died he came home - and these are the socks and tshirt he was wearing when he arrived - I just cannot bear to disturb them.
This is on the top shelf of his old bedroom - I know I'll never use these - but I just can't bring myself to throw them out.
And of course his shampoo and shower gel will remain in the shower forever.
I hope 2013 brings me and the dogs new positive experiences. 2012 was a bad year from beginning to end. I had family members steal large amounts of money, I was sick all year, work sucked, the person most important to me died, and I had no friends.
Thank dog Christmas comes only once a year to remind us how entirely crappy our lives are. I'm not the wallowing type, so I don't do it very well.