Looks like I went silent, huh? I have been working on taxes, possible qualification for a new loan, finding a new house and options for dispensing of the old one. Apparently (news to me), if you are a contract worker with a stable job, the bank does not care. You look like a major liability on paper.....Many moving pieces makes for stress induced alopecia.... among other things. Its all moving very slowly.
Gizmo is now fully trained to wake me up at 6am for is morning walk so he can chase the unassuming birds, squirrels, ducks in the city who don't expect the threat of a hunting dog. It's actually quite interesting to watch him zone in on some critter.
More updates to come as the housing search continues.