I left to do some errands this morning and came home to find a note saying my dear neighbor of nearly thirty years (October would have been thirty years) passed away last night.
SOB. I'm just one big crying puddle over here. Such a shock to the system - we had been told that he would be okay for a while yet, that he would have many good days still. He was active (a human dynamo into his nineties!) until his diagnosis a few weeks back. Thankfully we had seen Fred a few times during his hospital stay and we let him know how dear he was to us. We had plans to talk about tomato plants, etc. when he came home.
I'm going to go curl up with a box kleenex for the rest of today ... thanks for listening ...