A few things rendered quickly quickly, in hope that discharging them will clear the way for something a little more coherent, extended, and even amusing:
(a) Do you know what makes a great icebreaker when you are visiting a friend of a friend you have never met before? Arriving at their doorstep with a child covered in carsickness vomit. Truly! Suddenly everyone has a shared project with genuine, smalltalk-bypassing urgency but no actual danger or illness. Quick! Towels, water, an amusingly giant garment to serve as a change of clothes! By the time it's all sorted out no one is a stranger and everyone is awake, freshly scrubbed, and filled with the warm glow of modest accomplishment.
(b) Halloween came and went, and Jane was a very fine small Batman, or Batma'am if you prefer.
Please admire the authentic Adam West physique.
(c) Jane has switched to answering almost all questions with "yah!" This is just as uninformative as her previous approach, but much more gratifying in producing the illusion of happy, agreeable conversation.
(d) We finally repotted those poor trees. We also got them some food to replenish their severely depleted nutrients, which seems most likely to have been the immediate cause of their less than perfect health. (Thrilling? Yes! Tune in next week to watch them grow in real time, followed by our top-rated As the Paint Dries.)
(e) Is it possible? Could it be true that our long anticipated, long awaited dining room table—ordered at the beginning of August—will be delivered tomorrow? So we are told. I'll keep you posted.
(f) We were in danger of running out of exciting things to keep us occupied, with the imminent resolution of both the Sickly Tree Project and the Interminable Table Wait, but fortunately we all seem to be coming down with icky sticky colds, so that's all right.