would be back. Just getting ready for two nights away had exhausted me, and caused the pain in my hip (which I have self diagnosed as the sciatic nerve acting up), to almost stop me in my tracks so to speak. My nerves were shot. My Mom stepped in and did the chores for me while I was gone. Everything went very well, she said. I checked with her after each 'chore episode' to make sure. The sheep went without grain for two whole days. I didn't want her out there being shoved around by rowdy sheep. They had free choice hay at night off the big round bale. They didn't die. I know--amazing.
The cats were sad. The dogs were a sad. But they also survived. The kittens were a mess. They clung onto my shirt and cried and cried when I put them up the first night back. They insisted on being held and cuddled. Sheesh. Meshach and Sage sadly resigned themselves to being the only family they had left, and curled up on the pillows of the bed to wait out another lonely day. (from what I hear...)
Coming home, I got a few cold shoulders, but for the most part I was welcomed back in a cloud of fur, meows, slobbers and a few baas.
I loved this couch...wish I could have smuggled it home!--sliding glass doors facing the lake just to the left.Back to my mini vacation. I went shopping the first day. I'm not a very good shopper, so I enjoyed it all of about two hours. I'm astounded at how much color coordinated new junk is out there. It boggles the mind. Try to find something that you need though, and chances are they won't have it 'in stock'. What are some of these stores--several acres big---and they can't carry something useful? So by the time my shopping excursion came to an end, I was getting a little cranky. I did enjoy visiting a book shop in the outdoor mall and a few other novelty places. The big Hyvee grocery store was fun, even if a little overwhelming.
Then it was off to the resort. There I checked in, carried in all my stuff (and there was allot!), and didn't stir out of the cabin until Sunday morning, when I reloaded and left. It was a kitchenette so I was able to bring in food and snacks. I had also brought some wool felting projects and some water color supplies, so I piddled with those projects, and read (I brought a huge stack of books...), made lists (for the working part of my vacation), and watched Animal Planet. I cranked up the thermostat (what a novelty!) and opened the window and door. It was warm inside, but there was fresh air. I slept with the window open and enjoyed the cool air off the lake and hearing the waves.
The only fly in the ointment were other people.... There was a fishing dock near the back of my unit and I was often startled to look up and see someone just standing there. (a shocking thing to a country dweller). The weather was cold and rainy Friday, but Saturday was lovely, although still cool. The boats came out in full force and seemed to take great fun in dashing from one end to the other of the lake. When they got too loud, I just shut the door and turned on the t.v.
It's good to get home though. I missed the critters, and even my untidy little home. I've got a list a mile long and hope to get some of it scratched off and feel a sense of accomplishment.
First up after I unloaded the truck at home and settled in, was cleaning out the wood stove and pipes. The house was chilly, although not freezing by any means. It took me about an hour and half to get it all cleaned out; pipes, stove (inside and out). I also had to tear any errant vines off the outside chimney. First fire went great. It started right up and burned nicely all night. Just enough to take the chill off the house. While I was at it, I got out the storm door insert and switched it out with the screen insert. It was very dirty , but Ashley helped me with wiping it down. By then it was chore time, and a quick walk with the dogs.
wildly disarrayed mess!
Have a good one!
p.s. In case you were wondering and didn't see it in the comments section, Sage is fine! He was on the mend by Tuesday and acts like his old ornery self. I'm so thankful!