Hello, all! Sorry I've been so scarce lately, but I've been going through a rather trying time this past week. You see, after returning from our lovely, restful vacation, we were met with the sad news that the wife of our next-door neighbour had suddenly passed. While she was 67 with a medical history of cardiovascular issues, the news was still very shocking and devastating. I think it hit me especially hard because she and her husband had been in our yard the day before mowing the lawn and doing a little weeding of the corner garden, just because that was what they loved to do. I *think* I'm almost back to my baronial self, but it may take a while longer to get over this. Anyway, just wanted you to know that I'm sort of here and if I haven't been commenting on your blogs or responding to your comments on my blog, you should know that this is why. Much love. xoxo.