These are such dear, dear replies. Thank you, kytty, Susanne, and everyone. Incredibly, I got a call from my dad this evening, and my mother has been admitted to the hospital with a very large blockage to her heart. She is 86. It is a dicey situation. So, I am leaving in the morning and just wanted all of you kind souls to know I wasn't ignoring you.
Wow, my world is spinning out of control!
PS I will be getting Riley's ashes tomorrow. I hope that's a comfort instead of a crying attack. I sort of don't have time to feel anything. I'm in "get-packed-and-on-the-road" mode.