AWOL means "absent from one's post, without intent to desert." Those of you who might have been wondering why I have been AWOL, deserve an explanation. Maybe you were thinking that I was intending to cap my pen, unplug the computer and take a cat nap.. never to write a tale again. It has been some weeks. Uncharacteristic. But, I am back. Mark me present and returned to post.
Twenty years ago I was given a guest tour of a cabin in the woods up a nearby canyon. With its multiplicity of windows- through which the sound of a river and the smell of pines drifted- it became my cabin standard. Now, soon, it will be mine. I left one morning, almost the very next day after noticing that the cabin was on the market and ventured up to see it. My realtor and I had to stop at the checkpoint and explain to the sheriff why we wanted to go into the canyon.. which happened to be under a stage one fire evacuation. When I said that I was looking to buy a cabin, the sheriff burst out laughing and waved us on.
I have wanted or rather needed a place that can become a writer's retreat. I never have enough time to write in my lovely old home in town. The cabin will be perfect. So back to being AWOL, I have been busy dreaming, financing, sprucing and sorting. The cats have been keeping me company while I paint or trim hedges. The house is looking better. Ready for market.
|Look at that back wall paint job!|
More on that cabin soon..