We've been back a week now, and our priorities have been to:
1. Find homes for Miss Topsy's 4 kittens. Miss Topsy is a stray cat, obviously dumped by some city person, that arrived very pregnant in March. 2 weeks before our trip, she presented us with 4 kittens, 2 white & 2 black. So, we had to hire a kitty sitter as well as all the other arrangements. When we got back, they were running all over the place. So far, 2 have found new homes, 1 is definitely spoken-for, and there's a possible for the last one. Then, Miss Topsy gets fixed.
2. Replace the electric water heater in the Cottage on the Knoll. I made the mistake of building it for a 40-gallon heater, which proved insufficient. We've replaced it twice, added a softener, tried a tankless, all to no avail - it's the hard water. So, after 8 1/2 years we've updgraded to a 50 gal. heater, and believe me it was an adventure fitting it into place - it's a skoosh wider & taller than the old one, so plumbing adjustments were required. It works!
3. Mow, mow, mow. Grass was 6" to 12" high when we got back, thanks to the 3.5 inches of rain while we were gone. Mowed once last Wednesday, then again on Sunday. Will use the tractor to open some trails today, then mow the yard, etc., tomorrow or Friday before the guests arrive. I suppose I'll have to trim some trees, as well.
Anyway, come stay - there should be plenty of hot water, the grass should be short & trails open, and we won't make you take a kitten home.