I haven't abandoned you guys! We spent last week playing in the sand and water at St. George Island in Florida. It is a gorgeous, uncrowded beach without any high rise condomineums or the like to mar the view.
We had a great time.
I haven't gotten back to my machines yet, but I did work on a tutorial before I left that I'll be able to share someday soon. I'm trying to decide what my next project will be, but I think it will involve seersucker!