In the meantime, I have been enjoying visiting with friends, playing board games, and getting caught up on all the TV I missed while I was away. mangaroo came over a couple weeks ago and joined me in walking the dogs along the ocean, which they love to do. Jenn visited this past Saturday, and we managed to squeeze in a few games around bouts of cooking.
There is a group of people on BGG who are into playing solitaire games, and every year they participate in nominating their favorites into a Top 100 list. I'm working on playing through a lot of the new games I have acquired lately so I can see whether I should submit them for the list. The trick is to get the games played without the dogs knocking all the pieces off the coffee table with an errant swipe of the tail...I had to fish some dice out from under the couch yesterday. (I'm really looking forward to the arrival of my dedicated gaming table.)