If the world situation wasn't bad enough, my personal world has its own headaches. I live in a beautiful but old community. Nature and age have caused a domino effect on infrastructure and one after the other utilities have failed. My partner is head of the HOA and the demands of the position have taken over our lives. Although I remain in stable health as far as I know, aging is catching up more rapidly than I care to admit but cannot deny.
I do miss Carol. She frequently pushed my buttons but somehow we remained friendly. Our interactions had lasted more than 20 years and her absence is felt.