I am feeling a need to respond to the wonderful, supporting comments that so many of you have offered. They have been a very special gift to me as I return to blogging. Thank you!
The most important thing I want to do is share my appreciation to all of the expressions of understanding of what I went through regarding the end of life of my mother. It was really difficult, and I am really glad that I did what I did. A friend once told me that she only has one mother. That struck me, and influenced how I wanted to respond to my mother's end of life needs. So, I need to say "thank you" for all of your expressions of understanding.
As a side note, I also want to respond to a comment that asked a question about whether we had purchased the spanking bench that I talked about. That was a tough question for me, because I really wanted to purchase it. In fact, I actually directed Barry to order it. However, I had serious second thoughts. I just couldn't deal with it being in our home and having the unknown possibilities of family not understanding it if they discovered it after our demise.
So, even though I originally wanted to purchase it, we did not. I would still like to do so. But, I just can't do so at this time. I am looking for other options to accomplish the same goals <grin>.