Ailz is at her mother's. Dot told us frankly at the beginning of the winter that we shouldn't be surprised if she didn't get through it, but she has done and I'm proud of her. She's still very needy, but one expects that. I remember being taught (probably by Relate) that it takes a person a clear 18 months to get out from under a bereavement- and that's assuming they want to.
The sun is shining weakly. It's still very cold outside but I've laid aside my fingerless gloves because I have faith.