By this time last year, we had already had one snowstorm an ice storm, and high winds which left us without power on more than one occasion.
My husband was released from the hospital just yesterday, so our Christmas will be very low-key this year. Our daughter and her family will be visiting from Canada (if weather and slippery roads permit!), and we will be holding a memorial service for my Mother while they are here.
It is an especially difficult time of year to deal with the death of a loved one, but Mum had lived a long, full life, living independently until just a few weeks before she passed away, so we are trying hard not to be too sad.