Archive for August, 2007

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Growing up I’d heard of “The Fair” but mom and dad never took me to one. I’d seen old time movies like the Waltons, where there would be some fierce rivalry at the fair. I thought they were something people did before there were things like cars and TV. I’m happy to report that I finally went to a real fair. There were no carnival rides, bright lights, long lines, pushing and shoving, or loud rock’n’roll music. Just a lot of people who came to see the efforts of a lot of other people from the area. The fair was a highlight of this boy’s summer.

Some examples of what I got to see for the first time in my life:

FOOD CATEGORY – The food category was vast with all kinds of goodies. Here are two of my favorites. There’s the “Vegetable” category where you enter your best veggie to show off your skills in farming. And the “Cake Decorating” contest. There were some great entries that clearly showed a lot of talent (and patience) in this County.

veggies cakes

LIVESTOCK CATEORY – As you’ll see in these three shots, some folks take this very seriously. Observe the general dress code of the folks walking their goats, the ribbons and decorations in, on and around the rabbit cages that were sure to sway the judges, and finally the pajamas on the sheep!


It should also be noted that while there were hundreds of animals, large and small, there were hardly any evidence of the smell of livestock. The cows, pigs, goats etc, were cleaned up after so well you’d think they were house trained.

HUNTING CATEGORY – In a day when a 13 year old recently was suspended from school for drawing a sketch of a gun, I’m happy to see that this category has, and hopefully will survive. I’ve never lived in another place where it is perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to enter posters entitled “The Shooting Positions” or “The Kill Zone”.

shooting positions killzone
Here, I’m happy to report, folks have a lot of respect for guns. Gun ownership is so common that when you meet someone, just after the “What do you do for a living?” question, you get the “So, do you hunt or fish?”. There’s no other option, it’s one or the other. If not, you’re probably not from around here. They get me every time.

How’s The House?

Monday, August 27th, 2007

You’ve probably noticed a lack of entries as of late regarding our house. It’s getting a bit challenging to talk about lately because, “Are you in your new house yet?” is the most common opener of conversation among anyone we know. Having to tell people “no” is getting old. Besides, while it’s progressing, it’s not as fast as one would want. So what else is new, we’re building a house! It’s supposed to be late. And I actually thought we’d be in weeks ago. Ha ha.

Anyway, here’s the status.

Internet, water (hot and cold), generator, paint, porch, sidewalk, slab for shed, dirt (that will grow grass, not all that common in these parts), stove, fridge, washer/dryer, many light fixtures – all done.

Still to come – install dishwasher, microwave, test furnace/heat pump, install carpet, install tile, and curtain rods, deck railings, (all the stuff I forgot goes here), packing up and moving in.

As a cost cutting measure and so that we could get the type of lighting we wanted, we chose to install all the lights fixtures in the house. What a job! One ceiling fan to go. Anyway, here’s a shot after installing that nice bathroom fixture you see featured. Look mom, I’m trapped in the mirror!


Here’s to other shots. The ceiling fan is the crowning glory of lights because it’s 20 feet up and was my first ceiling fan. The other is our deck lights at night.

ceiling fan deck at night

To save on the expense of councelling and marriage therapy we decided after two rooms to hire a painter – I’m sure it was cheaper this way too. Anyway, Earl and his lovely wife paint houses to support their missions trips helping folks who are less fortunate. Personally, I think most of the world is less fortunate than Earl who clearly has the joy of Christ in his life. You’ve never seen a man so happy to serve. We all have much to learn for Earl’s with regards to sacrificial giving.

I’ll have some pictures of the house to show soon. I’m waiting for the carpet to go in.