Thank you, Sweetheart, for visiting me last evening!
Sue and I were blessed, having so many friends. John Schulte wanted to go to Club 33, so I pulled some chains at Boeing and got us into the club. Ernie, John’s wife, surprised John with a limo ride to Disneyland. We joined them at their home and rode in the limo. We were off for a delightful evening!
My eyes opened at 4:30 AM, and I bounded out of bed, heading to the Keurig machine before “hitting the head!” By 9:00 AM, I was hungry and decided I could have dinner for breakfast. I am old and have only a few rules I must follow! Surf n’ Turf for breakfast, why not?
So what did MY concoction look like, you ask? Well, let’s see below. Not quite as “pretty” but it was fantastic. Loaded with proteins and easy on the calories.
I was supposed to go to lunch with Connor, my grandson, but the rain keeps on coming down, and I was a little nervous about driving in the rain in my mental condition, so I bailed out. Connor was understanding.
After another hour, I had to do something, so I went to the hardware store, Lowe’s, and returned two bathroom faucet sets and walked around for an hour. It was “warm” inside and not too many people, so it was safe. Being lonely does not feel right.
On my way home, I passed by the AAA to get my passport photo so I can renew my passport. I see London in the future. Well, while there, I asked about AAA insurance as they came up #5 in the Consumer Reports insurance company rating list. Our current company came in about #55 (Liberty Mutual). Geez, the first glance, revealed there was a fantastic difference. I can cover the house, earthquake, and umbrella policy plus the cars for less than I am currently paying for the vehicles alone. That adds up! Tomorrow I am going to get the details and compare plans item by item!
Then I headed to Ralph’s market to pick up a few odds and ends. I was astounded. There was nary a roll of toilet paper in the place! The news reports were not exaggerating! It was empty. I am so glad that a) I have four cases of TP in the garage, and b) I have a bidet in the hallway bathroom! Was it excellent planning on my part or an accident?
Today was not my most excellent day, and I missed you and Sue, my two loves! Everywhere I look, I see Sue there. I hear Sue all over the house. I close my eyes and revisit our great adventures. I see you and Sue together enjoying each other’s company. I understand it is normal.
You remember, Lee, my High School girlfriend. She lost her husband three years ago and has been helpful in assisting me through this last few weeks. Lee, Sue, and I have been friends for more than ten years.
I was going to drive down to Orange County and have lunch with Connor, your great-grandson, but with the heavy rain outside and the unpredictable rain inside (I tend to cry when I think of Sue), I just did not want to take a chance.
It is not clear to me how you made it through losing Dad after forty-three years. Sue and I had a mere thirty-two years of being married, and I expected another twenty years, but it was not in the cards. I lost you after forty-six years; that was tough. Decades of being side-by-side with Sue almost 24/7 as we worked together, and then she was taken away in a flash.
Thank goodness for friends and family, but even that is difficult because of the flu epidemic going on. All of our dance clubs, including the Phoenix Club, are shutting down for the next few months (because we are all old). Even Disneyland is closing for two weeks starting this Saturday. The government says older adults should not get together and especially not in large groups.
You would have been proud of me this morning. In honor of my bride, I decided I would not be a widower who dines out every meal. With Sue, I prepped and cleaned up, and she did the magic. Well, I am starting simply and preparing my meals. Today was surf n’ turf with lemon green beans and toast. By golly, it tasted super! Tomorrow I plan pot roast or an early corned beef and cabbage meal.
Today was so very lonely, and I am guessing it is going to be worse before it gets better. Colleen and Joe have been wonderful calling me every day. Robin, who you never met, does the same. Que sera sera.
I love you,
Based upon the situation with the virus, I called Robin, Diane, Lisa, Joe, and Colleen, and we all agreed that the Celebration Of Life needs to be delayed until later on in the summer. Most of our friends are chronologically challenged, so bringing them together is not a great idea. We will, however, do the burial at sea as initially planned.
Good night all.