I got too involved in other matters and not to my improvement either, the reason for my absence. Now I'm about to take off on a short trip with a friend who's almost 80 and can't drive anymore. Her mother lives almost 200 miles away and is not well, though. Thank goodness for her van and a good situation for my dogs or I wouldn't have been able to drive for her.
I can see from the thread list that I've missed a lot. Trying to go through everything briefly at least tonight, as we expect to leave tomorrow morning and I won't be able to hang out on DU for a while.