Sorry to have been away so long - it was not intentional! My Beloved was stricken with a severe case of sciatica a few days before Christmas, so we have spent the last 10 days flat out, he flat on his back and suffering, me flat out trying to run the house, walk the dog, perform in the kitchen like a short order cook, and take care of the two (very welcome) house guests who were here over the "holiday."
It's a good thing they were here, too - two strapping young men who helped me get My Beloved to the hospital when he needed it - and walked Cora for me while we were in the emergency room.
So, I will be back when he is feeling better and can at least make breakfast for himself. Hang in there with me - fingers crossed that it will be soon!