I left Seattle on Thursday afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny clear blue sky Seattle day at a comfortable 25 degrees.
I arrived home to a decidedly cool (about 3 degrees) Saturday morning in Taupo. Extremely cold and a mix of snow falling with the rain most of the day, but not enough to create snow on our lawn.
Mount Tauhara, pictured above, is quite close to our home and we have never seen snow on it like this before.
Our cats had not forgotten me (fortunately) and Hershey has been fussing as if he is worried I might disappear again. Before I went to bed Simba was there waiting for me. Then he and Hershey had a tussle about who was sleeping where (at least I think that is what is was all about) and so Simba slept by my feet all night and Hershey hopped under the bed clothes so I think my long absence has been forgiven.