After so many days of hot weather last week, Sunday arrived with some much more pleasant weather. The windows remained open and the fan was needed only for a while in the afternoon.
My brother, Steve McLain, arrived early Saturday morning to pick up the fire truck and take it to Bethel for the Mollyockett Day parade. He had a few young people riding on top.
Other members of the Gilead Fire Dept. were working at the booth on the Common as they do each year.
Dan Cole reports that he has been feeling much better since his surgery. He has been able to get out and work on some firewood and do a little mowing. His garden has been doing well, and he has picked some zucchini, onions, and string beans.
Our houseguest for this past weekend was Chloe, Tim and Michele’s dog. She happily greeted anyone who happened to stop by the house. After meeting my brother and watching him leave with the fire truck, she settled down for a while. She eagerly greeted Bob and Judy Bishop when they stopped by the house around midday. We discussed some Gilead Historical Society business and they updated us on their adventures at the Yarmouth Clam Festival the day before. They gathered with family to watch the parade.
After they departed, things were quiet for a while until late afternoon when Bob and Margaret Record drove into the yard. They had been visiting with Betty Smith in Bethel and checking out Mollyockett Day. Chloe was pleased to have someone else to visit with. Hugh took Bob and Margaret over to the schoolhouse so they could look around. It had been many years since she had been inside the building. It was great to see them and they brought a little chair that used to be at the school and went with the little kindergarten table. It is a great addition to the items that have been collected from the past when it was still a school.
After Bob and Margaret headed back home, Chloe was looking for more visitors, but the only entertainment was the little chipmunk that appears out on the porch railing and is looking for seeds for supper. They stared at each other through the screen and direct eye contact resulted in one big bark from Chloe and the chipmunk diving into the bushes. Of course it returned and seemed assured that the “loud noise” in the window could not be bothered with at all.
Norm Buttrick was in town this past weekend and stopped by our house on Sunday. He was in the Mollyockett Day parade because he plays trombone for the Mahoosuc Band.
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