I've been offline for a few days, but I'm still alive! Sister A. and I have moved into our new house and are currently in the middle of cleaning, redecorating/remodeling, and getting all our stuff inside and organized. Our contractor and his guys are working hard, and so are we. We are soooo broken! As for the closing, there's been another delay caused by the former owners' stupidity; we hope it'll iron itself out by the end of the week, but we have no way of knowing.
I've got lots of pix to share, but it'll have to wait until the work is done. Meanwhile, rub those lucky kitty feet that the f.o's (and you can fill in those initials any way you want) get their collective act together and let us finish buying the house!