Hey everyone,

I've been away from GT for WEEKS, and there's no way I can catch up now on all the posts I've missed, so I'm just going to jump right in with a big old hello and a little update on me. Biggest news is my dad had a mild stroke last Wednesday. It created huge upheaval in my family because at 84 he's pretty much the healthiest person I know and he's really, really not good at being a patient and taking things easy. Plus, my younger son, who has autism, is very, very close with my dad, like he was with my mom, and he was a mess when my dad went to the ER, sobbing and hyperventilating and saying "grandpop is going to die." He had a very, very hard time after my mom died. So super stressful.

Anyway, I missed you all!! I just haven't been on the computer much but I do miss you and I'm going to try to get on here at least once a day! I miss the makeup talk and the pet pictures and hearing about your lives.