I’m going to say that February was the worst month that I’ve had in a very long time. The main thing that happened is one of my favorite people in the entire world passed away. Short of something happening to my Mom, nothing could hurt as much. Along with my parents, for my entire life, my Aunt Lu was around. I will think of her on every Fourth of July (her favorite holiday) and Christmas Eve because we always went to her house. I often said she was hilariously funny, often unintentionally so. I loved going to visit her to hear about family members I never knew and what her life was like growing up. Since we knew she was sick, my siblings and I all made sure to visit her as often as we could during the month. She always loved to see us and I felt lucky to be there. If I could make people feel a quarter as good around me, as I felt around her, I’d be pretty happy. One of the last things she gave me was the dollhouse that someone made for her when she was a little girl. It has needed some work for a while and she gave it to me to fix it up. But only if I have fun doing it. If it’s not fun, I shouldn’t do it. I hope that I can get it into decent enough shape that I can donate it someplace where kids can play with it. I know she’d be happy if kids were playing with it.

I don’t have too much to report on the rest of the month. I did drive more than usual. My odometer reads 35,572, so I drove 1,289 miles. I’ve been going to therapy for my knee and I think it’s getting better. I need to get more flexible and I think that’s just going to take time. So I have to be patient. I need to start watching what I eat better as I’ve been pretty lax about that. I’ll try to do better in March. Lastly, if nothing else, I’m remembering that it’s important to spend time with the people who mean the most to you.