STAYING PUT – My goal upon leaving the hospital last Monday was to stay put in the guest house and not venture down the hill (a three mile drive) until the weekend at the earliest. It pleases me to report that it is now a week later and the goal was reached. The possible chamber music concert in Kingston on Sunday proceeded and succeeded without my attendance.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, the next big move occurs: down the hill three miles, hang a left and less than a half-mile later pull into the parking area for the historic Cooper Inn, built circa 1800. My bedroom is at the top of the stairs which I am happy to report will present no problem to my healthy lungs and well-rested body. My stay will last one week at which point I move back to this lovely property from April 3-7. The owners will be in NYC and away for their daughter’s ninth birthday. My housesitting duties will involved feeding two cats and their wonderful labradoodle while staying in the main house instead of the guest cottage.
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS – As if staying in this incredible guest cottage were not enough, on Sunday another couple offered their country home and their guest house to me. They will be in Malaysia for two weeks and live in Manhattan most of the time anyway. So generous and kind of them. Will not take up their offer but was touched that they made it.
Additionally, my current hosts invited me to come back to the guest house anytime before my return to Thailand in May. How kind of them! It is unlikely that will happen but it is reassuring to know that there is a bed for me, if needed.
The next stop after housesitting will be to a friend’s apartment behind the Woodstock post office. Ironically, this friend will be housesitting elsewhere which makes her one bedroom place available.
For my last two weeks in the USA things are still up in air. A trip to DC/Maryland is in order to see my three grand-nieces. Also I want to return to the Boston area to see my favorite relatives, the ones who welcome me into their home unconditionally.
For now my approach to life (in addition to the philosophy THE UNIVERSE WILL PROVIDE) is simply “Go with the Flow.” Very Woodstock, Very 60s-70s.