After many trials and tribulations, my computer is not only cleaned but polished, as of about 2 hours ago. I would have posted here a little sooner but, as fate would have it, our neighborhood experienced a power blackout! Just call me "jinxed."
It will take me days (weeks, even) to try to make even a cursory exploration of the posts on my favorite blogs that have occurred during my lengthy absence, besides which I have to rebuild my favorite feeds, which will take some time.
So, dear blog friends, if you are reading this, please know that I haven't forgotten you, and will be around to visit you as soon as possible/practical.