It’s Raining Dippin Dots

We were due for sleet. That’s what the weatherman was screaming excitedly about on the radio. 30 percent possibility of sleet. So the salt trucks lined up a day in advance and covered all the roads early, so that the cars could drive over it for a full day and brush it all to the …

The Frost Protector

In Johnson city my mother had handed me a bag of japanese yams and a frost protector for the windshield of my car. That night it had frozen but tired from the day’s activities, i had forgotten i’d had it in the car and missed an opportunity to try it out. Two days later i …

Johnson City

Since i was working Christmas Eve and Day, my family and i got together on my next day off. We met in Johnson City and took a tour of the Johnson homestead. It was quite magnificent and i was glad my grandmother had wanted to go there, as it wasn’t something i typically would have …

Grounded

It was my day off after a long week. The girls were spending the day indoors, both because it was 30 degrees outside and because they were in trouble. Both of them were tracking mud all over the floor and Cashew was once again soaked in dried urine. Her rump, her legs, her belly, and …

God’s Grace

I’d been told by many people that change was the only constant in life. I wasn’t sure if i quite identified with that statement. I felt God’s grace was also a constant in my life so i wasn’t sure if i could say with any confidence that i understood “change” to be the only ever-present …

Frozen Soap

At a certain temperature all the soaps would freeze. I mean, not become solid like water to ice, but they would become thicker and gel-like and they wouldn’t pour. At 29 degrees i had to unscrew the cap to the laundry detergent because it would just barely trickle at all from the dispenser. At 29 …

A Quick Dip

I will preface this story by saying i did not take a photograph to pair with this post. It was just one of those days when things had to be done quickly and there was no time to fiddle with things that weren’t water proof. I arrived home from work one evening to turn on …

An Ice Party in the Yard

In mid december every year the local farmers would close up shop and they wouldn’t return to the little white shack where they sold their goods until mid May of the following year. Crops just didn’t grow in the winter and the new crops for spring wouldn’t be mature until May. So, in early december …