Or at least "been gone" for a couple of days. Two things...
One, I'm trying to revive a couple of websites that have been moribund for quite a while. That means finding software, learning it, and starting the whole re-design process. I'm not a natural born computer-geek so this is a stretch for me. I'll hack my way through it, but it takes time and attention.
Two, every six weeks or so, whether I want to or not, I have to slog out to alleged 'civilization' to recharge the pantry at a decent grocery store, gather some other supplies, enjoy a little hooman-bean type communication (usually considerably overrated but pleasant nevertheless), eat a store-boughten meal, and otherwise splurge on the dubious pleasures of off-ranch offerings. The nearest towns with such blandishments are due east and due west, each about 120 miles one-way. Whichever direction I choose, it's an all day expedition.
But I had a good time, of which the best part is always coming back to the home place to happy dawgz and a resumption of my solitary existence.