Thanks for the warm welcome!
And also for the kind comments about Sparky's picture (nope klmccallum, not a painting - I took that photo of her late last year).
The 4th wasn't as traumatic for us, thank goodness. I guess everyone in the neighborhood had set off most of their fireworks the night before so there were only a few moments of trembling.
Okay, I'm off to explore the rest of the forum. Thanks again!