OwyheeStar Week Forty-Nine 2016
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
Goodbye, November–the pumpkin pie-filled Thanksgiving is history. Hello, December! Let the controversy begin. Meanwhile, on Facebook, the Hillsboro, Oregon school district lite up the airwaves. They sent out a memo to the teachers and staff with the recommendation that Santa be excluded from the room decorations as well as religious-themed decorations. The gutting of Christmas (which has always been the celebration of Christ’s birth) continues. Whether you believe in Jesus or not; I think you should find this troubling. At our home, we will continue to celebrate in our tradition. If you encounter us, you might expect to hear Merry Christmas. It is not to be rude but it is in acknowledgment of all we hold dear. Why are people so troubled by the neighbor’s nativity or cross? How can we have a culturally diverse society (which is what people say they want) when a group is singled out? Just wondering out loud. Being sensitive to others, I will not be screaming Merry Christmas to someone who obviously is Muslim, etc. That would be rude, but duct taping our lips doesn’t seem right either.
The December landscape has evolved. Tractors are parked. The first snow frosted the Weimar gray earth. It was a fleeting white; however, it made for a bit of beautiful excitement. Between here and town on the back road, the Navarette family have parked their John Deere and wrapped it with lights. I wanted to get this photo, but instead of it, I have stolen the one Chris Payne posted.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! We hope you found them interesting and entertaining.
Sunday— November 27 — Fireside
Monday — November 28 — Bird Dog
Tuesday — November 29 — Fill in the Blank
Wednesday — November 30 — It was only a Matter of Time
Thursday —December 1 — Paws
Friday —December 2 — December Means
On a very personal note
Cliff is still trying to get ready for the promised bitter cold. This includes making sure everything is put away, insulated and heat turned on where it might be needed. For example, the pump house has had a thorough cleaning. It was bug bombed. To ensure there were no black widows taking up a winter’s residence. A little heater is plugged in and the thermostat set low. Waking up to no water doesn’t sound fun.
I (with Christina’s help) cleaned out the guest room. It has been a storage place since we moved in, but it was time. I couldn’t get to the Christmas decorations. Organization is important–each day I try to figure out the storage issues. A shelf here or there can make a lot of extra room. I am anxious to see what we can do with our decor in this house.
The primary focus this weekend will be retrieving the Christmas decor from the guest room closet. Many of you are way ahead of us.
Thanks to You
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are in need of a few stories to get through the December blogging. Several of you have promised; however, we understand how busy you might be–nevertheless, if you can send along something we would greatly appreciate it.