What are trunnels? Did you know without asking an "old timer" or looking it up that they're literally "tree nails"? They were wooden pegs used to hold beams and such together in houses or barns -- even in ships -- and were supposed to last for about three hundred years.
Upton's annual Christmas program will be on Dec. 4 at the school house. As of today, we do not have a Santa Claus. Please call me at 533-2111 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to fulfill the position. We have the suit, beard, and the Santa's bag, we just need a "body" to put in the suit, a lap for kids to sit on, and an ear to hear the whispered gift list. He'll pass out gifts, pose for pictures, and give out an occasional, hearty "HoHoHo." I'm pretty sure he'll get lots of homemade cookies as well as a huge "Thanks."
Selectmen have been updating the town's 911 program, which has been quite involved. Apparently some of the numbers that had been previously designated to homes had been assigned haphazardly and needed to be changed in order to comply with the "rules," which would facilitate locating the properties by emergency vehicles. A few residents (including us) will be asked to change their mailing address, which makes no sense to me -- no matter how many times Bob explains it. There's a lot involved in changing a mailing address! On most any form one fills out, there's a place to fill in a mailing address and a separate one to fill in the physical address. I haven't filled out any forms recently, so maybe that's changed, too.
This morning I watched a bunny, as white as the driven snow, run up the driveway, under my Jeep, and scurry off into the woods. That's a pretty good sign that winter is here, I guess.
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have lots to eat and lots of friends and family to share your day. Selah