Yes - it's been a while...
I've just returned from the depths of winter in WI (actually - they had record high temps while I was there but it was still to cold for me anymore). I try not to go back during the winter months. I've been spoiled by my many years of wonderfully mild winters.
My Mom had hip replacement surgery on Feb. 2nd. The three of us went up there to help out while she was recovering. She's doing great - but it's been a long hard couple of weeks to get there for her. Really it's been a very, very hard year for her. She has had three surgeries in the last 12 months. I just want everyone to know how proud I am of her. She has always been my ispiration.