We have switched venues. Our queen bed and a kitchen, also known as the Vistabule, is parked and covered while we spend three weeks house sitting in Grants Pass, Oregon. We arranged this house sit through an organization called TrustedHousesitters.com and besides house sitting we are caring for chickens, two goats, two dogs and four cats. After many weeks of travel it’s been a nice change of pace to remain in one place. We are situated in the Applegate Valley at the base of the Siskiyou Mountains. There are lots of vineyards sprinkled throughout the valley and more recently a huge swell of marijuana growers…both legal and illegal.
During the daylight the chickens and roosters roam freely but at night they retreat to their coop for protection. I was under the impression that roosters crowed at dawn and dusk….probably I learned this from the movies and television. I have since discovered that some roosters crow at all hours of the day and night. At first it was quaint listening to the cock-a-doodle echoing across the yard but the 4:00 am insessant crowing is growing old! I love collecting eggs and preparing them for dinner along with spinach and lettuce from the garden. Honestly, we can’t keep up with the egg production…these hens are good layers.
With our slower pace I’ve pulled my sewing machine from the car and
while I’m creating quilts, Stephen devours books in the recliner. The dogs are happy to sleep on his lap all day.
We’ve considered exploring the area but the rain has kept us inside. I’m content sitting near the wood stove with a cup of coffee watching the two roosters prance and strut across the yard. In the distance with the backdrop of the Siskiyou’s we are gifted almost daily with a stunning rainbow.
This slower pace has allowed Stephen and me time to reflect and give thanks for the amazing beauty of this location as well as all the blessings in our lives.