On a happier note, I got an e-mail from one of my traveling companions from my Italy trips. Apparently, she saw something about real estate prices in Italy which prompted her to look into the matter in a little more detail.
I ordered in the bushings for the roll project and they should be here in a couple of days. I've got a couple of other bits to make for it in the mean time. Depending on the weather, I'll work on those and finish getting ready for the Ireland trip.