I've been blessed to have several wonderful comments left on my posts. Thank you, everyone. Other than to leave a comment on your own blogs, which I have done in a couple of cases, I don't know how to reach you personally, so I figured a new post here might be one way to communicate.
I apologize for not acknowledging your comments sooner. I thought I had my blogspot set up to let me know by e-mail when a comment was recorded; such is evidently not the case because I have to go back and look at each post each day in the off-chance that someone has visited and left a message. I'll have to get that problem corrected -- the present situation is not acceptable.
Bob B. - I've just discovered your comments on Posts 8 & 2. Thank you very much. I am a great admirer of The Prairie Home Companion and Mr. Keillor, but have lived in ignorance of the fact that they have a web site. I'll visit it soon, and I'll be sure to read your entries; your writing is admirable.
Paula, CountryGirl, Ranch Wife, Jennifer, Cottonpicker -- Thanks for your kind comments, ladies. I enjoy your blogs and glimpses into a life I might have had if God had not taken me in another direction (from New Mexico to Arkansas!) A part of me misses the great outdoors, especially New Mexico, where I spent my formative years (age 6 - 16), but most of me is quite content to have worked indoors in a nice air-conditioned bank for most of my life.
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!