Well, I’ve been here now since the beginning of May 2019 and I think there has been only three sunny days since I arrived.
This is a picture I took last fall when I was here emptying the house of Becki’s clothes after she passed away. The weather then was beautiful and I enjoyed the house and grounds even though she wasn’t there to share it with me as she had been doing since we purchased the place way back in 2010. Some of the blogs I had written showed the progress we made in converting this place into our home and also some of our travel exploits that we made when we spent the summers here in earlier years. In fact, I think I left off in 2015 which is when we did our last cruise together to Greece and Turkey. I know, the last 4 years have flown by, and I have a lot of catching you up to do, and I will as there is a lot to share.
Getting back to the weather though is another story. Right now it is only 48 degrees outside, the wind is howling at around 35-40 MPH and the rain is coming down in buckets. It is May 13, not the middle of January but you couldn’t tell that to anyone here! By this time in years past, the garden was planted, the shoots and sprouts coming up, the fruit trees blooming and the weather was warming. Everything on our planet has shifted weather wise and not in a good way. The apple crop will be nonexistent this year as all of the little fruit buds that had started are dropping off and the hazelnut and walnut trees have dropped all their flowers with no pods coming as well. I guess I won’t need to come back this fall as there will be nothing to collect. Thank goodness I still have a lots of nuts left over from the last few years.
One thing that is a constant is my cat Lucifurry! She’s around 9 years old now, she picked me to bond with here in the village when she was just a little kitten and over the years she has become the village cat. Living with us when we were here and then taking up residence across the way by the little grocery store when we were gone. She is one smart cat, she knows where the food is, and even though the villagers take care of her when I am not around, they know she belongs to me and they send me pictures and post updates on her whereabouts. Now, I got her fixed many years ago and I think that’s also one of the reasons she hasn’t disappeared like a lot of the other cats I have seen and fed over time, she doesn’t get messed with by the tomcats looking for a good time.
So today after I post this I’m going to start organizing some pics to post in upcoming blogs about our last few trips together while Becki was still here, and my last year of solo travel which took me all over the Southwest US with the Kooks gang. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out the exploits we all had this past winter. I also think I’ll scour the cupboards and find some stuff to make a good hearty soup. This is definitely a soup and bread kind of day……on that note, see you soon!