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Saturday, 10:22 pm

I probably should poke my head in here and let you know that I am, indeed, still breathing. And probably will get back to blogging a bit more often and regularly in the very near future.

Summer is over. The lad left for school yesterday and, as usual, he left a gaping hole in my poor heart. I mean, by now we know this is as inevitable as the sun rising and setting. We had such a terrific summer. I suppose it is normal to not want the wonderful to end. Ah well. I miss him and the house feels terribly empty tonight (or as empty as it can feel with a cat and a dog racing around the place chasing wildlife....we’ll get to that story in a minute). Nevertheless, it is always a delight to see how excited he is to return to friends and the independence.

We certainly did give my checking account a workout the last couple of weeks. He’s sharing an apartment with three other guys this year, so needed housekeeping stuff. And cookware. And cooking utensils. He’s cooking for himself this year rather than relying on a campus meal plan. And that includes budgeting money for groceries and managing his finances for the semester. We wonder how much he will enjoy cooking by the end of the semester. We’ll see how the money management goes, too. I wouldn’t be too surprised if there are a couple of care packages filled with Ramen Noodles for those special occasions when the sink is piled high with dirty dishes, the term paper is due in the morning, and there’s not even enough time left to sleep, let alone cook. Possibly for those other rare occasions when the grocery money doesn’t quite stretch to include the...um...groceries.

So, about that wildlife the dog and cat are chasing around the house....

Last night Abbie (the cat) came up from the basement with her first catch of the season. I did not realize what was going on until she started mrrrowing as if she had a mouth full of marbles. I made the mistake of asking, “Abbie, what in the world do you have in your mouth?” She dropped a mouse on the floor and told me. Naturally, the mouse did not stick around for Abbie to have a second chance.

Sooo… now I have an itty bitty mouse zipping around my living room. Abbie has been a dismal failure at catching it today. Mackenzie is not much better, though she’s tremendously excited about this little creature that moves so quickly. If someone doesn’t catch it tonight, I suppose I will have to put a trap under the sofa. I really do wish Abbie would catch the darned thing. She is, at least, making progress. It wasn’t all that long ago that she was still afraid of mice.

I guess it is the season for mice to move inside. I expect this will be just the first of several hapless mousies. The days have already grown noticeably shorter and cooler. Autumn is in the air.

I have a feeling this intends to be a stormy autumn. We’ve already had the remnants of two hurricanes within a week, the most recent (Danny) departing here only a couple of hours ago. Probably just getting warmed up for the nor’easters. This is going to be the year for them. One after the other. I can just tell.

Over the last week, the lad and I stacked a couple of cords of wood. I’m now ready for the heating season. And the snow and the cold and more snow. This year I got my tarps over the woodpiles before weather happened. My wood is still thoroughly dry even though we’ve been practically drowned in this storm. Dry wood makes Kate a happy girl. What would make Kate an even happier girl, however, would be a lovely warm autumn lasting though Thanksgiving, an extended January thaw, and an early April spring. Is that REALLY too much to ask? I don’t think so.

Posted by Kate on 08/2909 at 10:22 PM

well I don’t think it is too much to ask but, I don’t think it will happen! We have been critter free for a couple of weeks now. WEEEE! I probably should not have said that?
Now that the lad is back to school and the 3rd floor has cooled we should get cracking on the glass thing! My fingers are itching lol. And and I want/need to get a feel of it before I can design anything so as not to be to ahead of myself.
As far as the treadmill goes. I am going to see if GC1 can get me some help with it.

Posted by justme on 08/30  at  03:57 AM

"a lovely warm autumn lasting though Thanksgiving, an extended January thaw, and an early April spring.

But, but, snowpack! Water! Climate change! Rising sea levels! wink

Posted by Linkmeister on 09/01  at  06:09 PM

It’s a good thing you put a wink on the end of that ohh

Posted by justme on 09/02  at  04:47 AM

Oh I am so jealous of your almost fall weather. Its been so hot here and the fires are just awful.  Smokey and nasty. So close to me know too. Poor mousie, don’t you wish they would just run out themselves?

Posted by annie on 09/04  at  06:09 PM

Annie, I hope they are not to close to you! I remember how frightening that can be. And the ashes smells, yuck!

Posted by justme on 09/05  at  04:56 AM

came to say hey, it’s been a while, glad to know you are still here (kinda sorta).  Hope the torrential rain of yesterday did not wash you out of town...;)

Been on a tightrope the last 6 weeks as my mom got sick and ended up in the hospital.  It was up and down for a while and then sadly, it just became worse.  She passed away at 2AM yesterday--about an hour after I left the hospital.  I had spent most of my time with her over the last 6 weeks and rarely left her side the last two days.  Nurses and doctors felt strongly she waited for me to leave so she could slip away.  Perhaps, it makes me feel better thinking that is so anyway.

Am looking forward to your more active blogging soon!!  And am pretending fall is not right around the corner.

Posted by Cyn on 09/13  at  03:54 PM

Oh, Cyn, I am so sorry.

Same thing happened with me and my Dad.  I left the hospital to go feed the dogs (whom he loved), and he passed away before I got back.  I told myself he’d have appreciated my reason for leaving.

Posted by Linkmeister on 09/14  at  05:58 PM

Thanks Linkmeister, I appreciate it.  I bet your dad did appreciate it--and I suspect he may have waited til you left so he could leave you.

I truly believe mom did just that.  SHe was always looking out for me!! ;) We are plannng a ‘celebration’ of her life on what would have been her 94th birthday--Halloween - she wanted nothing in the way of formal services, so I decided to do this.  Will hold it at her home since it has not sold yet........

Posted by Cyn on 09/16  at  09:13 PM

A frost advisory for tonight.  I am SO not ready for that crap.  Geesh.........time to put on the heat, get out the winter clothes.  Yuk. ;)

Posted by Cyn on 09/19  at  05:30 PM