Thank you for all the comforting words expressed in the comments and in private e-mails in the past week. Each one had the effect you intended: a little boost to help keep my grief from growing. Not gonna lie to you, the next couple of days will be hard since Joe was a part of our Christmases for many, many years. But I am emotionally ready for it, and I think the rest of the family is too.
We've had a lot of rain here, and somehow I've managed to run around it. Me, the one who loves running in rain. The forecast calls for more "liquid sunshine" so maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow or the next day.
P.S. Joe passed away today.