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I am now keeping the chickens in the coop until The Dude can put up some netting over half the run. According to what I've read, it's the best solution. The hawks will eventually have to hunt other sources of sustenance. The girls aren't particularly happy about the situation. Four days and they've forgotten why they were afraid to go outside. It does mean I'm a bit lazier about going down and getting them up, which will not be good for egg production, which is a function of light.

Our day was quiet yesterday. I had opted for a low-key holiday. Maralton is still packing and we agreed that she shouldn't come down just for the holiday. So it was just the three of us. The Dude and I celebrated alone for many years. So I told E that we were going to share that with her, it would be just us. As long as Santa arrived, I think she was cool with it. My wishes were respected and there were no presents other than a coffee mug and a thermos. I bought suet for The Dude. A few things in our stockings. I was feeling a bit of financial pinch this year as well. I think almost everyone is.

The Dude's father has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks now, with pneumonia and drainage and infection that wouldn't settle. On Tuesday they did a procedure under local to try and alleviate the problem. The Dude went up Monday night by train, arrived before the surgery. On Wed morning his father was stable and he took a train home, arriving at about 11pm on the 24th. E and I drove into DC to pick him up. His mother called 12 hours later. His dad had worsened in the early morning hours and the hospital was concerned. I put The Dude back on a train yesterday afternoon. He arrived at the hospital shortly before his dad passed away last night around 10:30.

E and I will drive to pick him up tomorrow, continue on to Nahant on Sunday. We'll pack and load Maralton the rest of the way and drive home on New Year's Eve.

Frog Out



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Dec. 26th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. What a sad Christmas for all of you. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Dec. 26th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
I would have been ok if he'd stayed in RI over xmas day instead of coming home. But he needed to reconnect with us. And believe me, it wasn't sad for those 12 hours. It was like the stories of my childhood where the father comes home at Christmas, like Laura Ingalls Wilder. We had a very intimate time, the three of us, happy in our own little world, no social whirl that we didn't feel like participating in.

So not a sad Christmas, a quiet one. But with a sadder ending, yes. I emailed with him on his Blackberry throughout the journey, stayed connected in a way that had never been possible through most of our marriage. Modern tech.

Thanks for your thoughts. Hope your place was a mad house by comparison!

Dec. 26th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. At least he made the visit beforehand. That must be, at least, a small comfort.
Dec. 27th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
It is. I know it is. As it was important for him to come home for that 17 hours and be with us. As important as it is for him to have us come to him tomorrow. cycles in life and loss.
Dec. 26th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the Dude's father.
Dec. 27th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, Bonnie. I'll tell him.
Dec. 26th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
My condolences.
Dec. 27th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
thank you.
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