Vacationing in the Catskills

Larry has this week off. We could do some overnights or we could just stay home and do day trips. After all, we live in one of the loveliest vacation spots in the northeast. From swimming to hiking, to exploring historic mansions on the Hudson, the Catskills have it all.

Yesterday we had no choice but to spend the first part of the day taking care of the lawn and gardens. I ripped out two gardens down to the bare soil, and replanted a crop of lettuce, spinach, mustard greens and arugula. That should give me a fall crop, and with any luck they will make it into November as some of the greens are hardy past frost. I have to say, except for the front of the house, we have a good amount under control these days. My son has helped put in some of the sweat, and I am enjoying our little piece of city paradise. Though I live in a city, (how many people DOES it take to make a city?!) I am 20 minutes from the Catskills/Woodstock area, from Rhinebeck across the river, and within 5 minutes I am out of city limits and in the country. I have several organic gardens on my plot which is barely 100 x 100...with a two car garage and house on it.

Afterwards Larry had things to do, so I took off to my friend Karen's who has a huge private built in pool in the woods, about 10 minutes or so from my house. We floated about the water for some three hours, three women discussing our lives and challenges that we face on an almost daily basis. I feel no need for therapy this week after our float session.

Today's photo is in Karen's yard. The neighborhood chickens and other related fowl came wondering into the yard. I thought it was so funny that they were hanging out and eating by the barbecue. Suddenly, as if they could read my mind, they jetted back to the opening in the fence, screaming at one another on the way out.

At 9:30 at night we headed up with Bardet and Pix to the Ashokan Reservoir to watch the meteor showers. Sadly, there was a cloud cover that we watched obliterate whatever stars that were left when we arrived. It was a lovely evening however, laying on the blankets, staring at the sky, and watching house by house turn off their lights on the mountain. Perhaps tonight we will fare better.

Later with more adventures! Patti


MB Shaw said…
Hilarious photo. We were traveling back from WI and hoped to watch the meteor showers too. But a developing storm took over the skies.

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