The most recent lack of posting on this blog has sadder causes than usual. My father died, on the 13th. He had been having trouble breathing - maybe pneumonia, maybe something else - it started before the 4th, he got better for a week or so, then got worse again. He was old, 88 and a half, and I guess at that age you are vulnerable to things that don't seem much. He had been having heart problems this year, and we could see him wearing down - though it still came as a bit of a surprise. He had been quite healthy (for 88) up until this last winter - he drove, he got around on his own, he did things around the house, he still taught Sunday School - but this year the years did seem to start catching up with him.
Last summer we made it up to Canada, to visit his family. It was a good thing. It's a bit of a drive up there, and had been particularly hard to make the trip during the last few years of my mother's life. And as it turns out, in the year since that trip, my father and two of his brothers have died - so the timing was very good, as they got to see one another again.
I will miss him.