Lots of wintry weather again —- snow, wind but temps are at least higher than -10 degrees for the most part! Some days seem positively balmy, especially after some really cold. Guess Mother Nature is going to acclimatize us in spite of our complaining.
Streets were an issue yesterday. The city was cleaning the street onto which I exit going onto the main streets in town. I needed to cross the stack in the middle. I thought I could make it with my clearance -- well, you know what happened. I got stuck in the middle of the street pretty much stopping traffic on both sides!! Fortunately there were three young men who were "Good Samaritans" they stopped right away, had shovels and got me out in no time. Really appreciated the help. I thought, "Somebody's mother did a good job of raising those boys." Three separate young men in three separate outfits! I was blessed. I laughed to myself and said being on the city council was no help! I had to tough it out like everyone else.
Then, something curious -- I put a brand new square of suet out for the birds. A couple of days later it was gone. Either it fell out and the squirrel was waiting to catch it as it fell or some unsuspecting woodpecker got his beak in too far and flew off with it stuck in. (I don't think so!). But it was a mystery. I replaced it with a new one which is still around at least at this point.
I got a slow start this morning. I sat up much too late working on the foot of a sock last night. It came out a little small around the instep. Next pair I will have to work on that problem. I have figured out how to turn a heel and have it come out pretty well so I am pleased with that. Years ago my goal was to knit mittens on three needles to have a tube. I am going to have to try tube socks and see how that turns out. Fun to have a little challenge. So I was slow getting out to the medical center where they were doing the yearly blood draws. Of course lots of us retired folks. I was late as most of them were there at the 7 a.m. hour. Then it was to head to the grocery store where there were folks from the blood draw making one more stop before heading home. It is funny some times when that happens. Another popular stop in the daily routine is the post office. Always see someone to visit with there.
I submitted my blog on clotheslines to the local paper where it was printed. Really enjoyed the comments from folks as it seemed to bring back many fond memories. One item I had forgotten until a couple of people mentioned it — that the sheets were always hung on the outside lines and then the family’s underwear on the inside lines. Even out in the country someone said they did that. Modesty! When you think about the part clothes lines played in our lives then the expression, “airing your dirty laundry” has more meaning. A woman’s laundry was a source of pride.
The Glendive Agri-Trade Show had a good turn out the week end of the 10th of February. Maybe not as many people as in past years, but again it was cold, snow and the roads in the area were wicked. The Cowbelles roast beef meal is always the hit of the show and folks come out from warm houses just to sample it. It is always so tender. Jenny Rice lives north of town near Savage MT. Her caramel rolls are something people would walk miles for. So like church suppers, people look forward to these community events. Now that Lent has arrived the Knights of Columbus will start serving their fish dinner on Friday nights. That is always a treat as well.
Going to try and fix chicken enchiladas for lunch tomorrow and then have a friend to share it with me.
Life is good because God is good all the time.