Thank you to all the well-wishers about my back. Apparently the witch is a bit fickle...she must have found someone else to hit because I'm feeling much better (even without the thermal baths of Piedmont...although, Earle, they sound like a wonderful cure, much better than heating my living space to an un-natural degree and taking a bunch of pills).
I'm happy to report that I will be getting on a train tomorrow for Tuscany to meet my parents and my husband. I won't be packing the FLORENTINO with me.
More on Sunday when I return. Happy weekend to all.