Saturday, September 13, 2008

"...the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them."*

My Aunt K died last night. It was probably expected by some (she was in her mid-eighties and had not been especially well these past two years), but a demented cousin withheld critical info from the family, and it came as a shock to me. I will - I WANT - to write a post about my aunt, but not right now, as I am planning a trip home for the funeral. She was amazing and wonderful, and I loved her very much.

And in other, much less important news: my laptop bit it yesterday - apparently I did something to my security settings and it downloaded a virus (along with all sorts of other nasty, icky stuff), and then the Blue Screen of Death appeared. I can't open the OS, not even in Safe Mode. And my warranty is expired. (And of course - OF COURSE - there was a half-edited dissertation on there, not backed up because I wasn't finished with it yet. Sigh.)

So I will be out of commission, and contact, for a bit.

The silver lining in the laptop situation is that the demise of the laptop has forced me to do other things with my time (since the desktop is ALL. THE. WAY. UP. on the third floor.) So I have finished reading two books, and am almost done two more, and have started another. So I will have lots to tell you when I do return.

(I am waiting for the silver lining to appear around Aunt K's death. Perhaps it's that I will get my two littlest guys to Jersey to meet the rest of my ancient aunts and uncles.)


My dear Aunt K
1920-something - September 12, 2008
(Her birthday is today, 9/13; as near as we can figure, she was 83 or 84.)

*"The Crow"


Badger said...

Oh no! I am so sorry.

Jess said...

I'm so sorry, sweetie. God speed on your trip and come home soon.

Suse said...

80 something is a good innings.

And the silver lining with funerals is the gathering of far flung family, as I found out when my own dear aunt (60 something) died two years ago yesterday.

Take care of yourself lovey.


HEATHER said...

I'm so sorry.
I totally agree with Suse, the silver lining is being able to visit with the family.
Be careful as you travel.

KPB said...

Oh Bloss,
I'm so sorry, big hugs and look after yourself.


Paula said...

I don't think it's ever easy, no matter how old or sick, when it's someone you love...

Hugs to you Sweetie.

Unknown said...

So very sorry for the loss of your aunt. Travel safely.

Caro said...

I'm sorry about your aunt.


Kathy said...

I am so sorry about your aunt. Be safe on your trip.

Sarah Louise said...

so sorry for your loss. Hope the trip home was a good one. Feel better.

TLB said...

I'm so sorry, BB. Hope you're doing better.

Caterina said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. Hope your trip went OK.

G'luck with the laptop.