The Last Day of 2020

The night before was a harrowing one. A winter storm was set to blow in and i was working the late shift at the store. I was supposed to get off at 9. The high wind gusts and sleet were supposed to begin at midnight. We were forecasted for one day of winter weather. Every …

Fixing the Mower

The forecast was for rain but the grass had to be cut and the chiggers were getting out of hand. Something had to be done. With no break in the rain scheduled on the weekly forecast i saw an opening between storms and got out there with my 5 blade reel mower to get the …

4 Months from Paying the Car Off

We were all set to undergo a mandatory procedure that one of my colleagues described as “more painful than giving birth” with no pain killers. She’d had multiple children, two of them twins, and she said she’d rather do labor over than undergo 30 seconds of that procedure. Those who had it done suffered headaches, …

The Wind Storm

When i left in the darkness of the pre-dawn morning i could see on the radar that it was going to storm before i returned. 60 mph winds and hail were expected. The radar screen was alive with color. As i sat in the darkness of the chapel during another one of our thursday meetings …

Rain Water

Before the world was in the throes of a pandemic i got my water from a dispenser plugged in outside the gas station near my property. When that was out of order there was another one sitting outside the grocery store in town. When they came down with the decree that everyone should stand 6 …

Flooding on the Homestead

The forecast predicted nonstop rain for two solid days and for once they were right. It rained steadily for two days. It was wet enough on day one but when i came home from work on day 2 i was greeted by a canal in front of my property. The water was draining alongside the …

Space Heater to the Rescue

i can’t do it anymore because it’s been established that Cashew will chew the outdoor extension cords stretching from the house to the fruit tree boxes if unsupervised but i used to just open the door and let the dogs out before climbing back in bed on my days off. They were used to waking …

the Tiny House

There were plenty of disadvantages to being in the tiny house during weather but they were far outweighed by the joys that could be experienced if one knew what to be looking and listening for. My two favorite things about living in the tiny house were listening to the rain on the tin roof (an …

Everything Washed Clean

There was nothing i loved more than hanging the laundry right after a good storm. The droplets of water would cling to the underside of the plastic coated line. I had only to grab hold and give it a good shake and all the droplets would simultaneously race to the ground. It was as if …