Ok, I'm back.
First, thanks to everyone for their very kind words! I'm ok, but circumstances, as they sometimes do, conspired to kick me off the internet and keep me from solving the issue for a week.
The first thing to know is that for the past month I've been working a new job in Redding, about three hours from home. I've been able to bring my laptop along and connect easily to the hotel's wifi, so there was no break in blogging.
However, last weekend, just a few hours before I was due to hit the open road north, the computer seized up. Apple offers online service help, but nothing they suggested seemed to work. The last thing that happened was complete OS reload, but that was still going on when I had to leave. Wouldn't have mattered, as it turned out it didn't fix the issue.
So, I thought I'd bring one of the older laptops along, but it turned out it was indeed so old, the software wasn't recognized by the hotel's wifi and I was out of luck and out of touch for a week.
The crashed computer had all my passwords on it, and for the life of me, I couldn't get even my email to load on my cellphone. Every possible password I could dredge up out of my throbbing brain didn't work. Finally, I got my email password changed, using my el - cheapo cell phone, and it will load now, but the frustrating struggle it took all week.
What a cluster.
I'm using Mrs. CW's desk top now, and tomorrow I'm getting a new laptop as I'm done with being out of contact. That machine, I hope, will connect effortlessly with the hotel wifi, as it should.
Anyway, it rained like the dickens up in Redding, and Mount Shasta looks like it already has a huge snow pack going. The taller mountains around town have snow now as well.
Funny story, where I work is on a bluff that overlooks a broad sweep of the Sacramento River as it flows through town, and Wednesday, one of the ladies working there suddenly let out a shriek, pointed down at the water and announced that she saw a dead body floating downstream.
Naturally, all work stopped, and a crowd gathered, and indeed there was someone floating with the current face down. Just as phones were being dialed to call the authorities, the "dead" body stood up, and it turned out it was some kind of Fish and Game guy with a snorkel doing we don't know what - surveying the fish I guess. He ultimately swam over to a small boat and climbed in and off he went.
The "dead body" jokes were still going strong when I left for home this evening.