2017 — The 51st Recap
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~December 16, 2017
The morning brings us to the season’s actual first snow at OwyheeStar. We have seen a few fleeting flakes before last evening’s deposit, but nothing that covered the ground. There was no overnight accumulation. We got just the frosted coverage that left some of the fields peeking through here and there. At 13-degrees (and the windchill factor putting us closer to well below 10-degrees) it chills our bones. When I got up, it was 16-degrees. The forecast for a high of 40-degrees. We can only hope for predictive accuracy. The good news is the sunshine is up and pushing against the dreary-gray overcast inversion of yesterday. Welcome, Mr. Sunshine. You brighten our day and lift our spirits.
I think we can safely say the farmers have put their equipment to bed. We see the neighbor depositing the after process onion liquid on their fields. The steam rises from the area even at a warmer temperature. The trucks come from Top Onion who produce highly concentrated essential onion oil. So, although the farmer is depositing the after production residue, it is in conjuncture with the manufacturer–rather than conventional farming. It means we have to be even more vigilant with the large tanker trucks on the roads between here and the south of Ontario.
We take heart against the bitter cold temperatures. They come, and they go. We bundle up as needed. We stay thankful for our little farmhouse and the heating system. We have the pellet stove for backup, and so far we have not ignited it, but coming soon for sure. As I arrive a few paragraphs later, things have changed. The beautiful Mr. Sunshine has gone into hiding. We are enveloped in a thick and prevailing fog. We sincerely hope the obscuration of the big globe in the sky is short-lived. Otherwise, there is no hope of seeing the promised warmer temperatures.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Special thanks to all of you have remembered us with great updates. These really saved my life this week. Thank you, every one who thought of us during their busy December schedule.
We hope you enjoyed hearing the news and seeing the photos as much as we did. Thank you, for the likes, the comments, and to the new subscribers. We have three this week.
Tuesday — December 12 — Luna
Wednesday — December 13 — Growing like a Weed
Thursday —December 14 — The Sofa
Friday — December 15 — The Duo
On a very personal note
The week can best be described as super social for Cliff and Shela. In the last fifteen-plus months (especially with Shela’s health crisis) there have been only a handful of events where the both of us attended. This week alone–we went to our grandson’s basketball game, had dinner with our long-time friends–Danny and Shirley. We attended our small home group meeting on Thursday evening. Friday morning (bright and early) we met another couple from our past in Payette for breakfast–then our daughter dropped over for lunch. These events lifted our spirits and brightened our week. It wasn’t all planned. The week took on a life of its own such as they tend to do.
Cliff continued to work on the carport enclosure and did a few other repairs. He was called back to the doctor for another blood test last week, and we heard that his white cell count is higher than it should be and rising. So, we have a bit of concern there, too. We are hoping for improvement and covet your prayers. Thank you, each one for all you share with us. Your support means a lot.
Oh, and our friends Bob and Linda gave us a large container of local honey from their property as well as a beautiful poinsettia. We have even more color gracing our dining area. We are blessed, indeed.