▶ We will have some firewood left come spring, but not nearly enough for next winter. I’m hoping to get a load from the neighbors again (they don’t do this routinely or commercially) since their heaping truckful was so consistently high-quality: mostly oak, mostly straight-grained and splitable for kindling. I’ve seen dump truck loads for sale between home and Christiansburg, and will call the numbers I’ve jotted down. I will purchase two truck-loads to replenish our stacks near the house, and have the better part of another winters-worth drying out of the way somewhere. It will be money well spent.
▶ Okay. Crunch-time. Mostly mornings, mostly the next three months. If I’m going to make any real progress on the Floyd County Almanac, this will be when it happens. Or not. And if not, if I never get this thing to print, it will still have been a rewarding journey. A destination would be nice, but I’m enjoying the scenery along the way. And perhaps, at least, I can compile what fragments I have in rough form into something to leave behind for anyone who might care to know someday what brought a “biology watcher” to live and write on and about Goose Creek.
▶ For the next few months especially we will be glad to live nestled in a sheltered valley and not up top with the stunning views of distant horizons we lack here. We will be content to see ridge line treetops up above us, agitated by the roaring winds that pass overhead, while we are barely aware of the dangerous chill that those with the view must suffer these blustery winter days.
▶ By all means, keep your small children indoors. The fear mongers are right. Nature is too dangerous a place to send small children! Or if you do, anchor them to a fixed object. Think this kid will be marked for life? (short video) But can you imagine the stories he will tell his incredulous grandchildren: “Why I remember when I was snatched up by an eagle and had the strangest sensation of flying. Before he let go.”
▶ Image is imagined scene doodled in ProCreate for iPad using a stylus.