Friday, July 15, 2011

I Live for Summer!

Hi Everyone,
I finally put aside a little time...I've been missing you all! 

Somewhere about June 21st summer actually did come to Western Massachusetts. (Though we've had a few doozie storms!) I bought a crusing bike, very retro...My plants and flowers are finally coming along like they should and I've been eating little yellow pear tomatoes and swiss chard and basil for a while. I planted baby lettuce mix in a big pot and have cut it a couple of times-very yummy-It's called "cut and come again" and it does!

I'm pet-sitting at the most gorgeous place, it's sort of a mansion high on a hill with the most amazing views over mountains and forests! (did I mention the indoor pool?) My computer is on the dining table overlooking the views and the bird-feeders through a wall of 8' high windows. The dogs, two Australian Shepherds, "aussies," are each chewing on a buffalo horn, one under my feet and one beside me. They are both sweet and hyper-exuberant.
Just a few minutes ago a neighbor stopped by, ringing the doorbell and causing all sorts of excitement. She made me go outside and see the pink cloud with a bright red/orange/yellow rainbow coming out of it. Wow, what a scene! By the time I took the picture, the rainbow was almost gone, but the glow was still intact. I love summer evenings!

Summer mornings are not too bad up here either! Away from the traffic noise of my house, I can sleep like a baby, till the phone wakes me or the dogs need me to get up. Sometimes after feeding and letting them out, they let me go back to sleep.

This morning Paul and his sister came up with their kayaks and we took a winding dirt road to a lovely long narrow reservoir for a paddle. It is so quiet there, no roads go around the lake, just one on either end.  The water is very shallow where you load, and after scootching downriver for a quarter of a mile or so you are in the reservoir/lake. It is surrounded by deep forest and granite cliffs. It is so refreshing to be out on quiet water in the morning. It made my day!

Paul's tee shirt reads: Paddle Faster, I hear banjo music! (ref: the movie Deliverance) He wears it every time we go out paddling.

Well, time to sign off for now, or I won't have anything to say next time! The sun has set, it is as quiet as .....?..... Really quiet! Too cloudy for the full moon.

Kahlua and Cream anyone?