Actually, now that I'm not in the thick of last week's woes, they don't seem so terrible. I had a root canal, but it went fine & very quickly didn't hurt, & the tooth that hurt no longer bothers me. Johnny was in ER for the second time in 3 weeks, but got a stent in a blocked artery & is much much better. My home phone is still out of service but I survived my birthday without calls. Also, I've quit being bummed that instead of a birthday blizzard I got 55° sunshine. My mother is safely settled in St. Paul & too busy to talk to me(!). I finished a bunch of pressing work & other obligations. I chanted the 10 Commandments in the synagogue on my birthday, which also happened to be my Hebrew birthday, a rare overlap. Because people stand to hear that read, they pay attention, which can be nervous-making. I enjoy doing it, & it went fine, but you don't always know till you do it how it'll go. It was still light at 6 p.m. yesterday.
Oh wait, I see I've edged toward my more usual cheerful embrace of whatever's to come.