i'm heading off at the crack of dawn to commune with good old mother nature herself. tom will be holding down the fort, or barn rather: the store goings-on, the cats and ducks included, for which we are much indebted. we'll be making a long list of itemized duties chores and tasks, under the headings "store" "cats" and "ducks", and a flow chart in case of emergency or confusion...because we're those kind of people, the neurotic about our animals kind. since i'll be off the grid for a couple, you'll have to be patient with my virtual absence and lack of blog entries. when i return, my blog will come handwritten, painted by the light of an oil lamp perhaps. oh how romantic. i'll fill you in with all the details: how many fish james catches, wildlife sightings, and weather, plus whatever artwork i can muster, all this and more on wednesday. until then, adieu!