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We'll Be In The Mountains For The Summer!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

When I tell people we're going to our mountain home for the summer, it's not quite like we will be gone for 5 or 6 months. It's only 75 miles away, but it's the elevation that is important in this case. 5000 feet vs about sea level. Makes quite a difference in the temperature. In actuality we are usually up here for one to two weeks at a time, then it's back to Glendale for some appointment or obligation. Then back up we go after we've got that handled

George gets a shot every other Monday, so very early afternoon we took off. We don't have to coax Amber as she is excited about the prospect of a car ride, to the bank, around the corner, or to the other home -- it's all exciting to her! emoticon

emoticon emoticon Our two cats are a different story. Luci hates a trip, regardless of how short it is. There is no such thing as a "good" trip! It means getting put in a cage like a common animal, and regardless of how many times I "meow" that's where I stay. Whereas, that new cat in the house, "Angel" they call her, she gets to sit on my Mom's lap the entire trip. It is absolutely disgusting!

But the scenery is quite different at the mountain home, and lots cooler for taking walks. The roses are just starting to bud out, as we just planted them last year. I'm anxious to see if the climbing roses reach the top of the rails around the back porch. The strawberries are in full bloom, and the apples still have a few blooms on them, but most are gone and the apples are starting to form. It will soon be time to thin them out. With about 6 trees you can be sure we get w-a-y more apples than we can use -- so it's giveaway time to friends and neighbors!

We have huge oak trees surrounding our home, along with boulders piled bigger than our home -- and right now all the dried up leaves from winter are blowing all over the place. It will be a full-time job just to keep the yard clean, plus trying to keep them off the porches and walks leading into the house. Lucky for my DH, that is a job that I love to do. So my arms are growing strong and tan as I take the blower and spend a happy hour outside cleaning up the yard. I know it will all have to be done again tomorrow, like making the bed, but it's job security!

We've stocked up on sugar so we can feed the hummingbirds that depend on us all summer, and we have had as many as 14 at one time at our feeders. The other birds don't get ignored either and we have separate feeders out for them. All this is very intriguing to the cats, but the birds need not worry but they are both indoor cats. From the soft pink pads our white cat has I'd say she's never stepped foot outside a house in her life.

Life is quiet for me during the summer months. Heaven help me if I forget anything important at the grocery store, for during our time up here the grocery store is NOT right around the corner but 30 miles away. The only thing that doesn't change is that I still have my Internet. So my Spark Friends are as near as my keyboard, and I have much more time to chat with them.

So stop by anytime, we'll have a glass of iced tea on the patio, and then take a 1-mile walk around a loop that is my favorite walking area. If we still have energy we can try a different loop that is only 0.6 mile. Quiet, clean, "healthy" country livin' at it's best.
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  • SKATER787
    Wonderful! One of my dreams was to train at 5,000 feet. Wouldn't that be grand? Imagine the shape I'd be in. I was even reading about Denver area as the first thing that came to mind about high elevation is the Rockies. I didn't know about Albuquerque being 5K up until I read WhitneyTeacher's comment. Now I'll have to look into it and dream.
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    We need to escape up north more often, we have a truck camper that's ready to go in less than an hour. Just have to quit this pesky work stuff!
    1754 days ago
    Oh, that owuld be nice....if I'm not being too nosey, what kind of church starts at 1 PM? I would like that!

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  • 4_MY_LIFE
    It sounds wonderful and relaxing!
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  • JUDY106
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    1770 days ago
    Hope to get to see both your places when I get there which I hope will be soon trying to talk hubby in going but if he don't I may just come alone for a few days and just stay with you - enjoy both places
    1770 days ago
    sounds great have a wonderful time enjoy
    1771 days ago
    This just sounds absolutely beautiful and peaceful! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!
    1771 days ago
    So glad your taking care of the animals. Birds, dogs, cats, and whatever. LOL Have fun, relax, enjoy your time and your walking. ((Hugs))
    1771 days ago
    Oh, Eve, it sounds beautiful! I live in the mountains so I can understand your appreciation for it! I love it here! I just love being surrounded by wildlife! Have a wonderful time! And I wish you continued success with all your babies getting along! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1771 days ago
    Sounds wonderful, wish I was close enough to stop by for that iced tea.
    I'm sure the cats are "licking their lips" watching those birds. My cats are indoor too, but very curious about the birds they see.
    Have a wonderful summer & so glad you have internet so we will know you are okay. emoticon
    1771 days ago
    Sounds like exactly the place you want to be in the summer in Arizona. I'm so glad to hear you will have internet, I think you were a little worried about that. It's hard to go without contact with friends, even the internet only kind. How's the walking at 5,000 feet? We live at about 1,000 feet, Albuquerque is 5,300 feet and when we go to visit my son there I definitely notice the difference in altitude when attempting to walk very far. It sounds like you have a nice place to go relax when you want to.
    1771 days ago
    It sounds so nice and peaceful. If I weren't living in my own peaceful area I might get jealous. emoticon
    1771 days ago
    The mountains are my favorite place to be. We are heading south to Big Bear in two weeks. Another favorite spot is Bass Lake near Yosemite. We have a timeshare in both locations. I pick the mountains over the seashore hands down. This next weekend we are heading south to our timeshare in Oceanside (by the beach) and we get to see our son at Camp Pendleton...WOO HOO!

    Your vacation spot for the summer sounds wonderful!
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  • LIS193
    Your summer home sounds great. Like our summer home in Colorado - we're 40 miles from everywhere - takes some planning to get all chores combined in one trip :)
    Have fun getting settled in for the summer.
    1771 days ago
    You know that you are a very lucky lady, don't you? I would give anything to have a "getaway" place to just relax & sounds so lovely! emoticon ( this is for green with envy!)

    1771 days ago
    Wish I could have a getaway near me like that. I bet it is so beautiful. Hoping you enjoy your time up there, even the cats.

    1771 days ago
    it sounds so nice and relaxing for you, tho of course there are always tasks to do, no matter where you are.
    Do you take the animals back and forth each time you travel?
    Did you get the bees set up?
    Enjoy the coolness of the mountains. Yesterday our weatherman promised that those temps were the coldest we would see for 4 months. I sure hope so
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  • DALID414
    You make the country sound dreamy to this city girl!
    1771 days ago
    sounds wonderful!
    1771 days ago
    Your mountain home sounds lovely! When I went to the Grand Canyon with my son and his family, we stayed in Williams. This was in the month of July and we were so surprised how
    comfortable it was there for that time of year! I loved that quaint town and could have just stayed there! Arizona is beautiful! Enjoy!

    1771 days ago
    Sounds like heaven to me!! Thanks for sharing!!
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