This is an apology for teasing you yesterday about your "sleeping late" habit.
It is not pleasant to wake up in an empty house that used to be full. And your house became empty suddenly and through no fault of your own, which can make it even harder. At least there were enough good things about the "emptying" of my house that they balanced the echoes.
"...I used to be half the whole of you and me
Now I'm the limit of half a man ..." Chris Smither, Slow Surprise
The things I did to make it better for me may not really practical for you, but I like your idea of "going on the road". I hope you do it more.
[BTW, Mom always liked me best ;-) ]