Stella’s brother came through the first phase of his surgery. According to Stella, it’s a bit difficult to tell how he is feeling (or was an hour ago) because he was not yet recovered enough for conversation. Tomorrow he has another phase of the surgery. Stella has to be back at work, so she is leaving her brother in the care of one of his colleagues.
Meanwhile, the kitties and I are spending a quiet evening without Stella’s usual energetic presence… she decided it was safer to sleep on the sofa at the hospital than to attempt to drive home. And I agree: Houston freeways are, if possible, even more terrifying at night.