Monthly Archives: September 2014

Busier than I Expected

One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging is that my summer turned out to be busier than I ever anticipated! In May, I sulkily (is that a word?) looked at my totally empty calendar feeling very sorry for myself and wondering what on earth I was going to do to fill in all that time. Through a series of unfortunately events (for Mason, Rachel’s dog), I had Rachel, Riley, and Mason with me for a major part of the summer. What a treat it was to have them here for a few days, sometimes weeks, at a time. What a joy to get to know my granddaughter really well! Then, my dear friend Kim and her family stopped by. That was the day that started the septic tank drama! Of course, always when you have company. It was so embarrassing but they understood and I think were concerned. Homer’s arrived to take care of things and it was then I realized my summer was getting a bit crazy. The septic drama took a couple of weeks to resolve as I reported earlier (ad nauseum you might say). Then my good friends Lynda and Brian stopped in for a few nights on either side of their trip to Boston. What a treat that was! I finally had a chance to return their hospitality after stopping at their home in Weaverville so many times going to and from Tallahassee. One of the trips was just to Weaverville and back to visit and catch up so it was fun to be able to have them here. Scattered in between were weekly visits to Brooklyn and the city. Every time there is an “occasion” I feel so lucky to be close enough to just get in the car and go. Michael turned 40 and, for the first time in a long time, I actually spent his birthday with him. Then came back into the city for a family brunch for both his and Allison’s birthdays.

Riley turned one last week so I was able to get involved in that too. She and her mom and I baked 40 cupcakes and 70 or so mini-muffins. Riley was a HUGE help as you can imagine but, as it turns out, she didn’t like the cupcakes at all and preferred the carrot and banana muffins (separate batches of course!). baking We froze all the baked goods and transported them back to Brooklyn for the Sunday party in the park. It was a beautiful day, special to be with family, and Riley stayed awake for most of it! birthday

Another reason I haven’t blogged is that I have blogged — in my head! Anyone who knows me well knows that I do all my writing in my head before anything ever gets put down on paper (metaphorical paper of course!). So I have blogged about books, television, Roku, dogs, Pennsylvania wildlife, and the like but just never thought it interesting enough for others to read. Now I’m getting used to being alone in the house again (just when there’s a gunman on the loose) and being on my own for a bit. No trips into the city for a couple of weeks in an attempt to be frugal — we’ll see how that works out!! More blogs to follow. I have to clear my brain!

Back to Blogging…Mountain Time!

By mountain time, I mean asking for something to be done in April and having it done in September! This seems to be the norm up here except when there’s an emergency — like needing a new septic tank! But even that isn’t immune to the vagaries of living in the mountains. The new septic tank inspector only works this area on Mondays (I may have whined about this before) and the first time he looked at the tank with open holes and tire tracks all over the yard, he deemed it unacceptable. So, another week went by before he would come back again and make sure that Homer’s Construction made necessary changes! ickyyard Fortunately I was home when he arrived (without notice of course) because he just stood outside the gate and wouldn’t come in because he was “afraid of my dog!” He took one quick look, said “okay,” and told me I had to contact everyone to get the holes filled in and the paperwork done. Eventually the holes got filled in, hay and seed spread, and then I was able to contact the yard guys to make the yard decent again. But…as you might expect, mountain time again — so a couple of weeks later, Pierce showed up (who owns the yard business), and we embarked on a course of action that resulted in two full days of raking and leaf blowing, a dump truck of red hemlock mulch, and it was deemed “the best we can do!” yard Not a fun way to spend a lot of money, but Sydney and I are enjoying the yard and it looks a whole lot better than it ever did!

My new heaters were installed last week after starting the process in April! Just in time for the first day of fall and cool mornings and nights. It’s true Indian summer with cool days then warming up for a few days, then back to cool. No complaints from here. It’s beautiful — the trees are turning right on schedule for the continued influx of tourists! Now I’m waiting for the delivery of this winter’s supply of firewood as I am determined to be prepared for the cold, snowy weather. This morning on my walk I saw these caterpillars — furry — any of my folkloric friends know what that means? caterpillars Weather talk up here is based on The Farmer’s Almanac which apparently says it will be even worse than last year. Because I am heading south in October and because we have had snow on Halloween the last 2 years, I am determined to be ready to come back to cold and snow.

I give you an open invitation to visit and, as Marge Simpson said, see the lovely “fall foilage!”