Yes, it's true: I have been ABSENT.
My sister has been in the hospital for almost 2 weeks now. When I got the call last Saturday, we were on our way to Roanoke for a work day at the Rescue Mission. It didn't make much sense to go all the way back to Galax for stuff since I was already an hour and a half into the trip to Va. Beach, so I sized up the situation, made the necessary arrangements, jumped on my trusty steed, and rode to her rescue, sans stuff. I did stop at a Walmart to buy a toothbrush and an airbed with which to fortify myself for the siege. It was down and dirty on Sunday, but we managed to turn the tide on Monday. So, Janet is still a mighty overcomer of stage 4 breast cancer (and a valiant survivor of all the hellish treatment for it): 4.5 years and counting!!
And since I am back home with my faithful Mac, you get a puzzle: