One thing that is better is the house. Over the weekend, as promised, R put together that bookcase he gave me. I took all the books and papers up off the floor. Amazing how much bigger the room seems now! The empty room also is beginning to look inhabited. R put Jeremy's pots and bowls (the ceramics he made in high school) up on the shelves, where there are no books yet, and it looks lovely. If I knew where the cable was, I would take a picture.
Next a wooden filing cabinet, DVD shelves, and maybe a nice chair. Eventually I would like to move it all into a different place, one that belongs to us. But for the moment, this helps.