I've been wrapping most of the afternoon. This is no chore for me. I get right into it and have a great time. I bought myself a beautiful mug and some yummy hot chocolate and went to town.
I was sad today thinking about my ex-brother-in-law who died on Wednesday. He had a stroke. Although he and my sister have been divorced for more years than I care to think about, he is still the father to my niece and nephew and a grand-father to 4 children. Something like this is hard enough at the best of times but at Christmas it hurts more.
My sister and Arch stayed friends over the years. He never married again and I think his life was rather lonely although he did have some good friends. He was a shy guy but give him a few beers and he was the best MC at any party. He loved animals and he was kind to them. Cruelty to animals bothered him immensely and he would talk about that with me sometimes. He'd always ask how my dog and cats were doing. I liked that about him.
So, rest in peace, Arch. I'll miss you at the dinners.