I went up to my parent's house yesterday to feed their cats (they went to Paris!) and do my taxes. I go up there every few weeks for dinner but it was different spending a day doing ordinary around-the-house things like laundry and taxes. I forgot how much I enjoy the peace and quiet. After all these years living in cities (some of them large and noisy--that would be you 118th and amsterdam..) I still think I could be very happy living in the country.
The wisteria were just starting to bloom!