If Cliff had lived, he would be 76 years old today. Today grandson Brandon (right above) emailed pictures from Cliff's birthday last year.
I started a new scrapbook yesterday with mementos of our life together.
We had so much fun together. Except for his last several months when he was so ill, I think he was happy. I want to remember him as he was before he became so ill, and in his five wishes document that is how he said he wanted to be remembered.
My beloved, my best friend with whom I spent the last twenty-two years, departed this life on Thursday, Nov 12, 2009, ten days short of his 76th birthday. He had been so ill. I was with him, along with one of his daughters and one of his grandsons, when he took his final breath.
At this moment I cannot begin to imagine what life will be like without him. His health concerns occupied a lot of our time for several years and became intense in the current year. As hard as it was at times, I do not regret one single moment of caring for him.
The funeral will be Tuesday, and interment on Wednesday. Then I will begin the next stage of my life.
I am retired widow living in a little town in a beautiful valley between two mountain ranges. I share my home with my cat, known from time to time as "fatcat," bratcat," and "bruiser." I keep busy with volunteer activities, gardening, and playing music.
Many of the photos posted herein are either taken by me or are in my family archives. When others are used, their origins will be cited. Please do not use these photos or reprint these writings without my permission. Thank you.