Yippee - Yi - Yay! Oh joy oh delight this morning when the FedEx guy rang my doorbell. I'd been waiting for him. He handed me my passport and Russian visa. He is definitely my new hero. Wish I'd asked his name.
So I plan to depart Friday and arrive Saturday in Moscow, the good Lord willing. Thank you everyone for prayers and concerns for this visa. Thank you Russian consulate in Houston for the one-day-turn-around ($450), to FedEx for the overnight deliveries ($25 each way) and to Delta for getting my ticket fixed up ($280-ish).