Later. . .
Thank you for the words of encouragement, everyone. We went ahead and had our friends over for dinner, which provided a few hours of much needed escape through good food and fun conversation, although we were soundly beaten in Scrabble later by the husband of the couple. A most impressive player, who used all seven of his tiles not once but twice during the game! Even better, I had a couple of hours in the afternoon to complete (almost) the complicated vain/sail assembly of the windmill I'm finishing up, using tiny strips of balsa wood along with strategic drops of super glue and beads of Elmer's wood glue for added strength. Should easily be able to finish everything up this evening after Young Master Paul's bedtime.
Finally, here is a recent photograph of the Young Master at work, "reading" one of his favorites, The Mitten by Jan Brett. . .