I'm back! Sorry for the long wait. It is two in the morning in Houston and I still haven't made the long 4 hours drive towards home. Anyway, I've been on three planes and have been traveling since near midnight Sunday, not stopping til 11pm Monday night. I'm taking a break at a friend's place, getting ready for some sleep, and I will resume posting shortly.
Thank you for all the replies and well wishes and thoughts. I've missed y'all, too!