I know my last blog was full of depressing news. But I think things are looking up.
Cindy's remains were positively i.d.'ed, and her family held a wake and funeral (Police haven't released the body yet, but at least her family has closure). I feel better knowing she's able to tell the Medical Examiner her story now. Still angry as all h*** that this happened, but I'm confident justice will be served. Cindy's kids are with her siblings now, and hopefully they'll have happy lives.
My Mom is still doing well with therapy, and should be home this Wednesday with some home visits from a p.t.
We went to the Humane Society and adopted two cats - a brother and sister with the sweetest personalities. My old Clara hates them, but she hated Diesel too, so that's no surprise. Still miss my Diesel, but I'm certainly not so lonely with these two around. And they haven't been harrassing Clara much, and she ignores them unless they're in her face.
Looks as though we're going to accept a part-time job (must work 20-27 hrs a week) as live in caretakers of a Girl Scout camp. I've been waiting years for a position to open up, but the choice to move is harder now because we want to keep my step-daughter in the same school. We're going to pay for tuition as an out-of-district student next year, then she'll apply for Vo-Ag for high school. We've only had her with us for a year-and-a-half, and her mother moved every other year, so this is important to us. Poor kid has lived in 7 towns in 13 years - 5 different schools (one was only 10 weeks). It will be expensive the first year, but long term it will be a great situation.
Thanks everyone for the well-wishes and positive thoughts. Looking forward to a nice, calm summer.