I'm not sure what happened but the chat feature appears to be working again so I added it back to the blog.
If I don't answer right away, please don't be offended. I do get up to go to the bathroom from time to time and I also leave the computer running when I go into the pottery studio. If you get an away message, stick around for a minute or two, I may just have walked into the kitchen or something. If more than a minute or two go by, I'm probably really away.