I am feeling hopeful that I will be able to return this summer and have been researching various grids to build my regions.
After weighing the options and visiting several grids, including Second Life, I've decided to come back to OSgrid. I think OSgrid offers the most potential for what I'm looking for in a grid.
I still need to buy a new computer yet because my 2006 MacBook Pro has died and will cost more than it is worth to get it fixed.
I really loved that computer but I am buying new 27" iMac with a 3.9GHz i7, 16GB of Ram, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M Graphics, and a Fusion Drive to help me get over the loss.
Now all that is left is to choose a hosting provider because I really don't want the additional challenges of hosting my own regions.
I want to thank everyone for the great emails I've gotten since I've been gone and I am looking forward to seeing you all again very soon!