My summer sucked - but now I'm back.
Thanks for sharing what you've been through and I'm so sorry. I'm so glad you have wonderful support and sending you a big hug.
I'm truly sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Losing a loved one is never easy, and I can only imagine the pain you're going through. During this difficult time, please know that my thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family.
Take all the time you need to grieve and heal. We're here to support you, and your father's memory will live on in the love and memories you hold.
With deepest sympathy,
I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog. Sending comforting prayers your way. 🙏
I am so sorry about your father's passing and the summer you had. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I hope you keep on writing.
Be patient with yourself, Carol! I don’t care how old you are, losing a parent is always hard and complicated. Glad to see you writing again and looking forward to checking out your video later today 🙂
Thank you, Carol, for all of your writing, especially now as you live through your grief and make your own life count as a well-lived adventure. Leaving my 88-year-old mom behind is probably the hardest part for me as my wife and I prepare for our immigration to Portugal (visa application submitted, target arrival date: Jan. 15, 2024, in Tavira). My dad passed in 2020. Sadly, like too many queer couples, we "lost" Sally's family years ago (we learned of her father's passing from a web search when my father was dying--the family never told us that he had died a few months prior). An important reminder to treasure the family we have, and the family we make!
You are entirely welcome of course. Thanks for the kind wishes for making our way home. We are now on the Commuter Rail heading toward Providence where a kind neighbor will collect us and take us home. It was a great trip but with flight cancellations and rebooking we have had no sleep in nearly 48 hours and still have to collect Declan from Bristol. My bed sounds like heaven!
I will continue to send kind thoughts to you as I do remember my own situation only too well! Best wishes!
I'm so sorry for your loss. Good video. We love Vietnamese food so we will have to try Tre Bambu the next time we are in Lisboa. Keep writing.
Carol: Sad about losing your father. We fell in love with Portugal when we were there a few months ago and both truly enjoy reading your blog. We encourage you to keep writing. Two votes from our house.
I'm so sorry for your loss and all of the associated stress and drama. I'm glad that you have a circle of friends and Paul to provide you with comfort and support. I wish you all the peace and healing possible. I am grateful for your posts and videos and want you to know that I appreciate you and your writing. I look forward to future installments.
My condolences for your loss. I hope you will be kind to yourself and allow yourself time to rest, grieve, and find peace.
So sorry on the loss of your dad. Condolences to you and Paul. This was a fun post, keep on writing!
I, too, am a fellow "old orphan" (2001 and 2018, Dad and Mom, respectively) and a third generation Army brat with most relatives in Arlington. It was my Mother who received the flag, stars up and the sense of finality was acute. (I am selecting my ashes go up in fireworks to "Spirits in the Sky.) I discovered only months and even years later that some memory, would, in a perfect way and in perfect timing, trigger those withheld tears I had not shed at the time. We "had to be strong"at the funerals but supressed emotion will "out", somehow, someway. Oh ... I am in Coimbra. Aug/2023
Carol, thank you for sharing, life does keep moving and we are along for the ride. My wife and I appreciate your writing and words. Take care of yourself. Mike
Lisboa Cantat - if you like classical music, you can hear Mozart's Requiem (their next performances) for FREE.
Check here: http://www.lisboacantat.com/index.php/grupos-cantat/cslc/agenda-cslc
>>> Requiem de Mozart em Lisboa - Entrada Livre
- Dias 2 e 3 de Novembro 2023 às 21h e 21h30
Aula Magna e na Basílica da Estrela;
- Dias 4 e 12 de Novembro 2023 às 17h e às 16h30
Igrejas de São Jorge de Arroios e São Vicente de Fora.
(Carol Ann, you are free to remove this post now or after the dates of these concerts. And thank you for writing and sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.)
Carol, sympathies on the loss of your dad. How blessed you were to have him until age 96. My calculator tells me your dad would have been born 1927ish -- my own dad was born in 1929, but passed much earlier, in 1992. Anyway-- condolences. Also, I love your blog even though I rarely *cough* never -- comment. I enjoy your thoughtful ruminations & also sharing your visits various places. Thank you so much for all your hard work writing for us 💕