My friend, Lori, arrived late Wednesday and yesterday we went out to lunch and pretty much spent the day catching up.
Today, she went with me to pick up Boomer's "cremains". I put Boomer's box of ashes, along with his collars, next to Bob and Zenith. My little memorial table grows cluttered.
And then Lori removed Boomer's dog bed, anti-slip rugs, etc. from the living room because I could not bear to do it.
It is so good to have someone here with me, to help me through this all. I feel bad that I seem to spend most of the time crying, so I'm sure it's not much of a "vacation" for her. We stopped for lunch today and while seated at the cafe, "our song" (I'll Stop The World and Melt With You) came on the radio and I had to run out the door --- as I was in sudden tears and did not want to make a spectacle of myself in the crowded restaurant.
This morning, Bob's cousin Mark flew into Tampa on his way to Sarasota and called me as he was quite literally "passing through" our town and then stopped by, to give me a hug and see how I was doing. This is Bob's favorite aunt and uncle, Aunt Mary and Uncle Dick's son. Which is the only part of Bob's family that has kept in contact with me since Bob's death. I have been pretty much dissed by all the others.
Meanwhile, Kona is a gem: