Lois Lowry's Blog
I drove up here Saturday with the car loaded (and still, forgot some stuff but nothing vital). Both dog and cat are good travelers and Alfie is clearly thrilled to be back here in his country life ... though since he was here last I have had my guy cover the underside openings to the barn with wire mesh...no more critters, I hope! But Alfie is frustrated; he used to love going under there to see what was going on...risky! He paid the price one night and came away loaded with porcupine quills. You'd think he'd learn)
New screens on the porch because Lulu, a kitten last summer, had torn them by climbing. I can't afford to replace them yet again so instead have been teaching her to stay off. Complete Pavlov by way of water pistol, and she is learning quickly. Beware of Woman with Plastic Gun.
The grandsons have been here this weekend and found a plastic snake in the toy closet, which made for a lot of torment-the-cat moments:
Flowers are in bloom (this is clematis):
and the weather was good enough for a hike...Here is Rhys, age 11, at the top of Pleasant Mountain (2000 feet) whihch we can see from our upstairs windows here at the farm.
He's looking west, toward the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
All five bedrooms were filled last night but this evening the house is empty but for me and the animals, and I have the coming week to myself for work. I head to New York on June 5th to the annual convention of Booksellers , to speak the next morning at a breakfast; so this week I'll be preparing that speech. Sometimes I feel as if I have absolutely nothing left to say. But then out of the recesses of the brain, thoughts emerge and take shape.
AND: here is what my grandson did with a label-maker!
The checkout girl at the supermarket loved it.
(Well, so did I, actually.)