I normally wouldn't see this posting as it is hunting season and I'd be out in the woods living in my tent freezing my butt off! (The only reason I'm home for a couple of days is to visit my 94 year old mother in hospital in another city where she recently had surgery).
In any event reading your posting immediately brought to mind a quote (I believe) from Samual Clemmons better known as Mark Twain. The substance of it was - "the reports of my death have been greatly exagerated".
I trust those of yours have been as well and you'll keep us smiling in good humour for a long time to come!