Well, I think my computer is back up and running.... Three weeks after getting a new computer, the hard drive crashed. While it was under warranty, that still necessitated sending it back to the Toshiba factory, which kept it for three interminable weeks. Once we got it back, it's taken almost a week to restore the programs and files, then get my photos back up. There's been so much going on in the yard that it's been tough to be without my technical sidekick. Sharing these happenings just isn't the same without photos to illustrate what I'm seeing.
However, as if to celebrate the return of my computer to reasonable use again, I've had an unexpected visitor in my back yard for about 48 hours now: a very territorial, very brightly colored, adult, male rufous hummingbird!
Whatever his final destination is going to be, I'm glad that he chose to stop at our animal "bed & breakfast" for a while. It's been a lot of fun to watch him and steal a few photos now and then.