I know it has been a long time since I have written anything. No, I haven't fallen off the face of the planet... but my computer has.
Pepe, my only "child" and the light of my eyes, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday the 6th from massive kidney failure. We caught it early and spent a great deal of effort and money trying to fight it, but it was blessedly sudden and only troubled her for about 2 weeks even so. She had a very good final day-- up and about, looking out windows and being sassy, making her usual trills and meows, eating and drinking well, and surrounded by love. Then she went to sleep and didn't awaken-- which is exactly the way I would have asked for this to happen.
She took both our computers with her. Neither one will start. First Pat's, and then, as he tried to rescue the data from his hard drive by installing it in my computer, mine. We think they're the motherboards that have gone kablooey, but we aren't 100% sure why... perhaps his hard disk has an electical crisis of some kind that electrocutes anything it touches.
Anyway, if you don't see us, it's because we've been painting our house and supervising fractious contractors (oh, SO much more on this later), attending our dying furbaby, and too exhausted and po' to deal with our broken electronics. Otherwise we are well and reasonably content, and life is as good as we could wish it to be under the circumstances.
More soon. Please stand by.