Seven hours of pill-induced sleep, followed by another two hours of the real stuff, and I woke up refreshed and pain free this morning. I still have pressure building up on my right side, but all things considered, this is about as good as it is going to get for the next few months, and I am not complaining. I ate a whole sandwich at lunch, plus half an avocado with homemade salsa (yes, Miriam, Dad has successfully replicated your recipe!), but spent the next little while walking off the unexpected mass in my stomach. The weather was gorgeous, and we took advantage of the 17 degrees C. to walk to the beach and back. Tiring, but very satisfying. Afraid of taking a chill, I overdressed, giving my new blue hat its first outing, but there was no wind and I got so hot that I ended up carrying my coat back over my arm. The hat feels good, and next week it will be cold again, so it will probably be put to heavy use.
Our kitten Ranger is getting so big now that he no longer fits into his favorite place, the bathroom sink, and so he has test run the kitchen sink as a poor second choice. If he continues to grow, we may have to give him the upstairs bathtub!!