The house is in pretty good shape. It helps to have a husband like Nick who does so much. Honestly,I wish I could do more, but I am not able to do the physical stuff right now. One of these days I will.
I overheard one of my friends talking about her husband and what a great person he is. She said she knew he was a good and wonderful man because he is the only person who ever made her feel that he loves her as much as her parents do. She said it like it is just a natural thing- knowing that you are loved completely. It made me think of a friend in high school who said something similar. She said that her mother always to her that she was beautiful, but, she said, that's what mothers do. Wow. Those are two strange and unfamiliar concepts to me. I'm sure I always knew that my mother loved me. But, at least in my earlier life, it wasn't talked about. We were not a very demonstrative (in a positive way) family. I has friends who hugged their parents- right in front of the world. Never happened in my childhood.
I never really thought about whether or not my dad loved me. He was just a big scary man. I was comfortable sitting in his lap and looking through magazines with him. He would let me comb his hair and we would polish his shoes together. But he never said he loved me.
Looking back, the things my dad did and said were really his way of expressing his love. He was always worried about my long pony tail when I was little. He thought I might get it stuck in the chains on the swings, or in the heavy glass door on the front of our apartment building. I just thought he was annoying. I think he was really concerned about me getting hurt. He's the one who took me to get my eyes examined when he saw me squinting. We did have our disagreements though .
I have been getting physical therapy for a couple of months now. It helps a lot. I have a much greater range of motion in my knees. But the pain is still there. Some days are better than others. Some days I cannot walk without my cane. The last few days I have done pretty well without the cane. Aside from the fast that I walk rather like a penguin!
Nick had some extra Christmas lights, so he "threw them"(his words) oj the tree by our house. I think it is very pretty!