I'm happy to report that:
Hubby liked the new apartment -- and we ended up with the slightly larger one, but the one that has the really nice office and very nice kitchen -- and a deck. We'll move in August.
Mom is doing better. A couple of weeks ago she slipped and broke her shoulder, forcing them to do a partial joint replacement. She now has an artificial hip, an artificial knee and 1/2 of an artificial shoulder. Sooner or later she'll be the bionic woman and will never be able to navigate airport security without a full frisking.
Mom also has (thanks to me) a very clean kitchen, fewer cobwebs and a very well mucked-out guest room. She' particularly fond of the guest room and has taken to popping her head in there just to marvel and the clean and organized closet. She now has many plans for that closet, which seems to have taken on the magical property of being able to hold everything she wants to keep but doesn't need close at hand.
Hubby and I have decided to join a gym. The trick is that we needed to find someplace that has nice facilities both here and in Red State, so when we travel back and forth we can't use not being in the right place as an excuse for not working out. There seems to be only one nice-gym company that meets this requirement, and they only do so because they'll be opening a new location in Red State next month. This is also a place with a reasonable cancellation policy (i.e. you don't buy a huge contract you can only get out of by means of death certificate...).
Also, New Kitty and the boys are getting along very well indeed. As soon as I download my latest photos, I'll post some of the big city by the lake (taken especially for the blog) and the most recent photos of her "high"ness...