I didn't want to miss the opportunity to THANK YOU all for sending me some much needed support from My 2nd Family. I received your warm wishes in the mail today and it brought good vibes for sure. I have been somewhat forth coming with a few of the Members of the Group but I wanted to let you know what has been happening here with My NEW situation... First, it's weird to be back here in California after being gone so long. The first few weeks were the usual thing anyone moving would expect... unpacking, learning the area, finding a job. etc. etc. Finding a job was the biggest hurdle at first, especially wanting to find a related job in my field which I figured might be harder to do out here and though the job I did find is all well and good and it is teaching me some things about production that I didn't know, I really want to be designing again for a company. I do freelance on the side but not nearly enough to make it lucrative. Not long after we arrived here, My Mom starting showing signs that she was starting to have more troubling health concerns and after several tests and even more tests, we learned that her body has been slowly breaking down but all over and her bouts with falling were becoming more frequent and then last August she fell in the bathroom and broke and dislocated her ankle in the same shot. I have repeatedly asked her to wake my every time she needed to go and put baby monitors in our rooms so I could always hear her as I am a light sleeper but she's Irish and Stubborn and decided not to wake me this particular morning and hence, her injury. I took her to emergency and they admitted her and did surgery the same day and a few days later she went to a rehab facility. Since that time in a few short months her health has declined and she never got better. Her ability to walk has fallen off and she is bed-ridden most of the time. She is located very close to my apt so I see her every day but it has taken quite a toll on Me watching her become marginalized more and more all the time. I am still very attentive to her but she now has 24 hour care in a way that she requires. She will be 84 next friday and I know she feels like she has lost much and is depressed often. It's hard to watch our parents reach their limits in this manner. I will not droll on but as you are My Friends, I wanted to share a little and explain why I have been MIA as it were, with Mom secure at this point, I feel some relief knowing that she is safe and cared for. I can focus a little better on other portions of my life that I have left on the wayside. It will be odd not attending Starfest for the first time in 15 years but I will return at some point... again, all my thanks and Wookie Hugs for everyone. I miss you all so very, very much.