I last wrote in the Fall.  Now it is Spring.  I am not yet a good New Englander as I don’t enjoy Winter weather.  It’s my opinion Winter is definitely over:   the weather feels warmer;  bulbs are emerging from the soil; I’m tempted to put out pots and fill them with flowers.  The lesson Winter teaches me is to embrace Spring.

It also seems that each time I write there has been a transition in my life and this time is no different.  My husband Don’s long eight-year journey with Alzheimer’s Disease ended on March 8, 2013.  He died very peacefully and quickly.  Those of us on the journey with Don were gratified that he always had a smile for us and never stopped teasing us.  He recognized us each time we visited.  Our memories of Don are happy ones.  It’s been a long goodbye.

There will be a Celebration of his Life in Saratoga, CA, on April 20.  This summer there will be a memorial service and interment in the Columbarium at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, followed by an East Coast celebration.

Transitions are important for personal growth and I look forward to whatever changes and opportunities will flow into my life and will be forever thankful to Donnie for twenty wonderful years.