We’ve been having cold, snowy weather lately, including some below zero days. On one of those cold nights, our friend’s supermarket burned. As it’s the only one in Cook (our nearest town) a whole lot of people will have a long drive to get groceries! Several fire departments struggled all night in that below zero weather to try and get the raging fire out. McDonalds, next door, stayed open all night to supply the firefighters with hot coffee and sandwiches to keep them going. The store is a total loss. We feel so bad for Matt, the owner, but were heartened to hear him say, “it’s just a building; nobody was hurt” and that he plans on rebuilding as soon as possible.
Will is working on the rack which will hold our ten new solar panels. He’s building them out of 2″ pipe which David salvaged from a disassembled barn years back, along with other salvaged steel and assorted parts. It helps a lot that today it’s above freezing — just barely — but that sure makes handling steel much easier.
We have eight new 6-volt golf cart batteries ordered as our old ones are pretty dead. David plans on picking them up at his brother, Bill’s, this weekend when he goes down there for deer hunting. It’s funny; he drives 100 miles to hunt and we usually have six or seven deer grazing in our pastures during the day! Yea, it’s the deer camp camaraderie … You know, the “guy” thing. It would be nice if he would get a deer. Last weekend, he never saw one.
I’ve been working at getting ready for Thanksgiving by cleaning up some of my seed-saving mess and assorted boxes of this and that which have become lodged in the living room. (Hmmm that’s where those books were …) In this clean-up, I put all of our onions — which had been drying on the tables in the sun room — into baskets. I was so tickled at how nice they turned out as it was so rainy the leaves hadn’t dried before I had to pull them ahead of freezing. I was worried they would get neck rot, as they often do when fall rains don’t let up, but they are perfect!
I’ve gotten so many excited phone calls and e-mails about Backwoods Home Magazine getting back into print. You wouldn’t believe how many happy people are telling me they can’t wait! I’ll admit, neither can I. — Jackie