Being away for 4 months is really a very long time. I was reminded of just how long this amount of time can feel, while my family was away visiting family and friends in Israel recently. They were gone just over 3 WEEKS and I missed them all a lot.
So 4 MONTHS will be like an eternity.
Other things I will miss - sunrises viewed from our backyard. The doggies. And always, always, my Button and my Goose.