Life After Windbird, Day 56: Approaching ‘Almost’ Normal
Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds, High 77 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I feel like I am approaching ‘almost’ normal after almost a month of constant distraction. The distraction was good, but it is time to settle into life without Mark. He’ll always be with me in spirit, but I miss his constant companionship so much. I can’t imagine how long it will take to adjust, but I’m giving it my best effort. I actually remembered to take my vitamins today. Small step, but it does show progress. I had an appointment at the bank first thing this morning and I spent the rest of the day checking to make sure that the billpay Heather set up last week is working as it should. This required a few more phone calls with long waits to change the name on an account or two. There were a couple of glitches, but basically I think things are set up to work automatically from now on. The next thing was to figure out how much money will be coming in from now on with the adjusted Social Security payment. I get Mark’s SS which was a little more than mine, but I lose mine. So basically that income is cut almost in half. And it is not that much cheaper for one to live than two, so I am going to have to tighten my budget belt a little.

I called Mark’s sister Mary Ellen and Lee this evening to tell them about the NHPR Celebration of Life in Mark’s honor. I also wanted to check on their son Bryan and family that live near the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida. Evidently they evacuated to Atlanta and will return tomorrow. I was glad to hear that they were not in Jacksonville. And then I remembered that I was supposed to go to Heather’s to feed the guinea pigs. Heather and family headed to Maine for the long weekend and I offered to feed Max and Mortimer twice a day. I’m back home now and ready to settle in for the night. It is time to do my nightly check on the weather and politics. As I know all of you are, I’m so grateful that Matthew has been downgraded and is not expected to be quite as destructive as thought yesterday. There is still going to be plenty of damage, but the loss of life in this country has thus far been avoided. But I haven’t heard an update this evening, so it’s time to do so. I’m still concerned about Ed and Lynne’s boat, Constance, that is on the hard on the Florida and Georgia border and Windbird on the hard in Charleston, South Carolina. Hopefully both will escape harm.