February is hectic

“Thirty days hath September, / April, June, and November; / All the rest have thirty-one, / Excepting February alone. / Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine, / Till leap year gives it twenty-nine. ”                          – Common in the New England states

February may be a short month but it can also be cruel.

With only nine days left in this month, I can tell you it has been very hectic.

Sad News first:

My husband’s brother passed away on February 4th. Ray had been in bad health for a number of years, worsening over the past one. He went into the hospital on December 20th and that is where he died. Now, my husband is the only surviving member of a family of eleven children. He’s troubled by this. He has never thought seriously about his own mortality before, somehow thinking he would live forever.

We drove to central Florida for the funeral. The church was filled with lots of people. Ray had volunteered with the Cancer Society for over 20 years. He was a cancer survivor himself and devoted himself to helping other cancer patients. After the Mass it was time for the long drive to the Florida National Cemetery for burial. Those 21-gun salutes and the playing of “Taps” always choke up everyone. Ray’s wife and daughters held up very well.

Happy News:

I had a birthday on February 5. I’m not telling you my age. It was nice that the NFL decided to hold Super Bowl Sunday in my honor that evening, although I did not like the outcome. I’m a Pittsburgh Steeler fan to begin with and dislike the New England Patriots. Needless to say, I was cheering for the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers have six Super Bowl ring and now the Pats have five. The Steelers need to win another Super Bowl quickly to stay ahead of the Pats. Just my thoughts….

Three of my wonderful friends took me out for lunch to celebrate my birthday. They are so thoughtful and loving. They are members of my parish church and we have a lot in common.

After Rays funeral, my husband Tom and I spent three days in St. Augustine, visiting with one of his nephews and his wife over lunch one afternoon. We love St. Augustine from what we could see from the trolley ride through the scenic, historic city. We did some shopping and visited the beautiful cathedral. I bought a few beautiful items from its gift shop.

Prayers Needed

One of Tom’s nieces (and my dear friend) had surgery a few days ago to remove a brain tumor. She is now in intensive care. Please remember her in your prayers because she has other serious health issues too. I don’t want to lose her and I don’t want to go to another funeral. I pray that God will watch over her and protect her.

Odds and Ends

Daffodils and white lilacs are now blooming in my yard. It’s February, for crying out loud! We’ve had an extremely mild winter, or maybe I just blinked and missed an entire season. Temperatures will be in the 70’s this week. I want February to be cold and snowy. We seldom get snow in South Carolina. But I wish we did.

Till next time – peace,

Betty

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