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! 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!” 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? 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!”