Alas, man has triumphed over the elements, and by “man” I mean me. As I sit here and write this, there is a bone-soaking rain that has taken up residence outside. Challenged by the low air pressure, I did battle with the draft all day and finally won, the chimney was mine. The fortress is now warm and toasty. For those of you who heat with wood, perhaps you too can relate to this epic struggle to keep the stove going on days like this.
On Monday morning we all woke up a good deal earlier than any of us would have liked. I jolted out of bed when I heard Indy bark, followed by the panicked squawking of one of my hens. The farm was under attack. I grabbed a flashlight and (bravely)peered out into the darkness. Indy had trapped a skunk in a dog kennel right outside the front door and without being sprayed too. Good girl Indy, she had caught the skunk sneaking off with not one, but two of this year's chicks. The skunk dropped one but managed to keep the other and proceeded to make a meal out of it while I got Freeman up and we tried to figure out how best to rid ourselves of this stinky little fellow. I don’t blame the skunk for doing what he was created to do but I forbid that kind of behavior here. The irony of it all was the fact that, sitting not more than 12 feet away was the Have-a-Heart trap that I had borrowed from a friend a few days earlier -- too bad I hadn’t bothered to set it! Needless to say, stinky critter gone --no smell outside.
However, the entire house stunk like burnt erasures. I’ve never seen my children get dressed so fast! We all piled into the car and evacuated in hopes that the kids wouldn’t reek at school. We were successful and got to eat out for breakfast. The odor lingered the rest of the day and on into the next. Monday night I set the Have-a-Heart trap.
Last time I checked in at Bear River Trading Post, the bear count was up around 60 tagged, so far.
Saturday the Grange was bustling with activity as it held the first annual Newry Fall Craft Fair. There was a pretty good turnout. For those of you who may have missed it, there is always next year. There were several crafters who had planned on attending but miscellaneous events kept them from doing so. The first year is always a bit uncertain; however there was enough interest, both from local crafters as well as shoppers that next year looks promising for forming this as an annual, perhaps even landmark event. Special thanks to Heather Roderick of Northeast Bank and Nana Wight for donating their time to sell donated baked goods and beverages. Together we raised a profit of $75 that will be donated to Christmas for Families. Thank you to all who attended.
I received a bit of info that I was asked to share;
Western Mountains Senior College, sponsored by the To Your Health committee, will hold a program on “Family Caregiving: Guiding You Through the Rewards & Challenges Ahead” This will take place Saturday, November 6th from 10am - noon @ the Bethel Congregational Church on Church St, Bethel. Free admission. Light refreshments and resources available. FMI please call Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.
Brief yes, call or e-mail next time: email@example.com or the good 'ole fashioned way -- 824-0836 (that is if I can get to the answering machine before the kids, they still aren't too good at passing along messages).