June 12, 2006

We've been at Round Top, Sam's family's house in the Catskills, for a few days now, and I have been reveling in the way time slides by and the sun dapples the trees and the feeling of fleece in the morning and hot chocolate before bed.

My primary activities have been reading books on animal psychology and doing New York Times crossword puzzles. Sam, Nick, and Marc have been having a heyday outside, pruning, mowing, planting, sawing, and so on. When Allie and I are not busy relaxing, we have spent time working on the house, sweeping, vacuuming, cleaning, etc. Leslie came for the weekend, and it was great to have her here. She said, "where is all the furniture?" and Allie and I were like, "excellent question," and the boys were like "…what do you mean? Hey, that tree looks like it needs some pruning."

We had our Round Top neighbors, Jeff and Kerry, over for dinner, which was wonderful because they have historically been the hosts of neighborly meals. We set up a table in the kitchen and improvised on seating, dragging in a bench from the front porch and piling up cushions on a low-riding wicker chair. Good times and delicious food was had by all, and it was really great to feel like Round Top was finally becoming a home again.