She started talking to the pear tree, something about how she'd miss it and remembering out loud when she first noticed it, sitting on the porch swing. She usually talks to me, my mom does, but today, it was the tree.
Some pretty strange things have been going on around here. There are boxes everywhere and I smell a inky smell when she writes on the boxes. When she types on the computer, I don't smell a thing.
I try to stay out of the way so Caesar, PeeBee and I sit on the river deck and look out (PeeBee's is on my back, of course, his favorite thing). Every now and then she walks out and stands there staring then she reaches down and scratches my head and says "It's going to be all right, Bo. It will." I don't know if she's making a promise to me or to herself.
This past week we drove to a place with juniper trees and sagebrush and my dad pushed a button on the car's visor and a huge door opened up to this massive kennel. Or at least, I thought it was a kennel because it was all cement. But he drove the car in there! Mom said it would be nice to have a garage so guess that's what it is.
Up a few steps and we were in a big empty house with wood floors (my favorite thing!) and into a room where the sun flowed in like water onto cool tiles, warming them up. I could lay on my belly and look out onto a big green lawn on both sides of that room. Caesar can see outside from those sunny room doors and he stands barely six inches from his belly to the floor. I can see without having to put my paws up on the sills. What a place!
My mom and dad walked around, picked up some papers, turned up the heat, walked around some more, opened curtains then brought the suitcase inside along with two sleeping bags and a pretty pitiful pad that looked like the egg cartons my mom throws away. Still, when they put those sleeping bags together and went to bed on that pad, they were at the same level as Caesar and me and we curled our backs to them, wondering, what they were doing taking us to this place of new scents, different floors, low windows to the outside and a big deck without the view of the river but of craggy trees, sage, bunch grasses and air missing river and wheat but scents of something new. High desert, my mom called it. Mountains, my dad said. " Coming back," they both said and they sounded happy but they both had tears in their eyes too.
It's all very strange. I can't wait to tell PeeBee when we get back home.