I have a confession to make. I have been taking an online writing class on essays. It turns out that I suck at them. To say nothing of the fact that it has drained the half of the wits I had left after the move. I only have one assignment to go. Surrounded by boxes for the third time in a year, there was nothing creative to say about them. But they will be whittled down in time for my father’s impending (!) visit and a birthday lunch on the 10th for Ai Lin. Last week I bought orchids galore to assuage my homesickness for Brazil; they are glorious in the cachepots I bought with Maria. GLORIOUS. Bible study, outings with the Things, trips to the doctor, picture hanging, travel planning, all these things have occupied my time. Three steps forward, one step back. Be patient, my pets, and thanks for checking in.