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!
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.