Thanks for your reply. Sorry to be so long responding. Between the hubbub of the kids moving in and issues with our internet connection, I've only had time for quick reads, but not much posting.
They're here! (remember the little girl from the Poltergeist movie?) I'm only mildly alarmed at the volume of extra stuff piled around... good thing I don't mind clutter. My kitties and one of the new dogs are at odds. Other than that, we're doing okay.
The kids are so sweet about wanting to do everything for us, it wears me out to watch. I have to remind them that I'm the only adult in the bunch who hasn't had back surgery, and I actually *need* to stay actively involved for my own health. That and I'm worried they are taking on too much and will get overwhelmed and burned out... and everyone here knows how quickly resentment and other emotional rot sets in when the load is unbalanced.
I'll post updates as the situation warrants, especially if I need to vent (ya'll already knew that though, didn't you?). So far so good. Keepin' that good energy flowin'.
Love n hugs,