February was a mixed month for me. On one hand, I made continued progress on the manuscript. On the other, life is still in the waiting game. And to borrow a third hand, the move to the new house draws even closer.
My mother-in-law was moved to hospice care last month. At 90, her body is wearing out. She has also suffered from increasing dementia these last few years. After enjoying a full and active life, we know she wouldn’t have wanted to end her days like this. When she developed a severe infection last month, the antibiotics didn’t seem to be working. Her living will made it clear she wanted no extraordinary measures taken to prolong her life. So she was discharged from the hospital and returned to the nursing home. We thought it would be a matter of days before we would make a sad trip back to the Midwest. But since then, she’s rallied somewhat. It’s still just a matter of time, though. Whether that’s a few days or a few weeks, we don’t know. And so we wait—and prepare as best we can.
Forward The First
Construction on the new house moved forward over the winter with no major delays. In fact, it was finished ahead of schedule. But due to regulations regarding the projected sales date and mortgage paperwork, we can’t close on the 9th as originally planned. Instead, we have to wait until the 20th. We’re well into packing and making all the normal arrangements. If all goes as I expect, my next post will be written in my new office.
Forward The Second
Despite the moving preparations and the news on the family front, my writing continued forward in February, too. Maybe it’s an escape from the pressures of moving and impending loss of a beloved family member. Or just maybe I’ve rediscovered my love for the activity and this particular story. Either way, the word count continues to rise, and the story is nearing a “completed” rough draft. I finished February with 11,456 words added to the manuscript, 4,248 more than January’s total, and the first time since 2012 that I passed 10,000 words in a single month. I also wrote on 24 of 28 days. I haven’t written this much since I wrapped up Meghan Bode’s “Buried Deeds.” It feels good.
So that’s where I stand as the calendar shows Spring approaching. I’ll be happier when the weather does the same. The next few weeks will be extremely busy, and I’m not sure I’ll get another post up before April. My visits to your blogs will also be hit or miss until we’re settled in the new place and the waiting comes to an end. Depending on how everything goes, I hope you’ll see more of me in April.