It has been nine days already since the Blogging from A to Z Challenge finished and I am finally catching my breath again in regards to blogging and other things in life. The month of April was focused around getting some traction for my Roaming About blog, writing daily and about a certain theme, and incorporating a few other events.
The most important change in Mark and my life, was our move into another house, with a new dog. After spending a busy ten days at our home base in Newburyport, MA, we drove three hours to Heath in the western part of the state, to start a five month house and pet sitting assignment.
Since the owners run a maple farm in the US and have a big conservation project ahead in Vanuatu (south Pacific) during their absence, they were extremely busy until the minute we brought them to the airport. Even in the car, more last-minute arrangements had to be made. This meant that it took us a bit longer than usual to get totally settled and organized in the house. Within the week, we felt home and we have since enjoyed our roomy, comfortable wooden house on the big and beautiful, albeit still brown, property. It is very quiet and we are surrounded by trees. Mark and I love it!
Our new dog, Jenny, is a sweetheart and a very young 12-year old. She needs at least one good walk a day and we enjoy giving that to her and to ourselves, as long as it doesn’t rain. The property and area around the house offer some good hikes, and during the weekend, we try to take her to a park to do some serious exercise in nature.
One of those times, I was a bit too antsy to get down the mountain, and – a thick carpet of leaves covering rocks and roots is held responsible – somehow fell to the ground, my left hand awkwardly landing on a slanted rock. Next thing I knew, I was screaming in pain, followed by 100 identical curse words, starting with f… I saw myself in the emergency room, my upcoming trip to Belgium ruined. When I realized cursing was not going to help and my wits were gathered, I slowly followed Mark and Jenny back to the car, another hour away, my hand throbbing and swelling swiftly. As far as we believed, nothing was broken. I lucked out! And, I still had my right hand to finish the blogging challenge and carry my luggage on the plane and through the airports.
A few months ago, I signed up for a job project, that kept getting postponed, until the very time I did not want it to happen… my few precious “vacation” weeks in Belgium! How annoying that one has to be this desperate for a job, right? So, my computer is still my best friend in times not spent with real friends and family. Despite being served with injuries and an inconvenient work schedule, I did really luck out with the weather: it has been utterly gorgeous from the moment I arrived. I finally found some evidence of spring – it even feels like summer – but I had to fly to Belgium for it! Singing birds, green trees, blooming wildflowers and a happy buzz on walking and biking trails brighten my days. Hopefully, I can bring some of the warm temperatures back to New England in a couple of weeks…