We're happy to report that the Jardines have undergone two successful surgeries in the past month. Edie and I now have matching scars (hers is bigger) after I finally had a hernia repaired last week. I've been living with it for ten years now, going back to my weight-lifting and fishnet hauling days on the Miramichi. Of course, I don't expect any of you are tuning in for my health news. Edie is the star of this show. She handled her whole prep, operation, and recovery with a dtermination beyond her years, and is now pretty much your typical two and a half year old, barking orders, getting into all kinds of mischief, and having an occasional meltdown. We're thrilled to be done with the daily bag change and her enormous stoma. I'll spare you the details of her week in hospital - there were definite ups and downs but we pulled through with the help of Nanna Midge, who has now set her sights on getting Celia onto a proper sleeping routine. So far so good. We might just survive this Australia experience after all.