NorwIndian, it is good to see you back! I am so sorry to read about your impending surgery. I can see that you are making the best of it with your upbeat attitude. It looks like you and Gutmutter's mom will be recovering at the same time? Hopefully you will feel better than ever once you heal from that surgery. The cake decorating and knife classes must be great distractions from those things that are limiting you. My mom used to take cake decorating classes and we loved it when she would bring her cakes home. She had a great time with it. She taught me a few things and I enjoyed doing it. I hope that you will be able to do the creative writing class soon.