Archive for September, 2017

Sunset on September

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarly this morning I saw northern lights, they were subtle and I had to REALLY look over the northern trees in our northeast bedroom.  I haven’t seen these amazing lights for almost 15 years and when I saw them then, they were very obvious. My husband kept teasing that they were sugar beet factory lights but I knew better, they were the real deal.

We have had a LOT of rain lately which has definitely cleared the air from the ash smoke from Montana with their huge forest fires and also all the combining and harvest debris in the air.  We needed the rain but we do NOT need the muddy roads as a result. I thought it was that the township had put down cheap gravel but it is worse than that, our gravel road needs to be compacted underneath the superficial graveling. Ken’s car does better than mine and so we got into town okay on Tuesday so that I could teach. Today I’ll hopefully be able to use MY car to go teach but we are trading this one in for a 4 wheel drive.

Also, the Ford Fusion that we bought just a year ago is not good in snow which gets packed into the fancy looking tires.  The problem is when you have too much snow in the wheel spokes and then you can not turn your steering wheel right or left. The strangest thing and the only way to get rid of it is to hose down the tires so that the snow melts away. I don’t want to go through that again. I also don’t want to get stuck on the road just on the high grade like I did last spring. Our helpful neighbor came right over to pull my car out.

Last night I captured the sunset but should have gotten out sooner with my camera. The clouds above were spectacular but by the time I retrieved my camera, it was past the peak. You can decide by the photos I have attached.  We do live in very good country where we can breathe in deeply the fresh air, it is starting to be fall like. Welcome to winter with the temps gradually going down. The first snow is always a delight but it IS still September and the earliest I remember getting sloppy snow was October 4th. That would be a week away.  No, too soon!

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Now Irma is taking over in Florida

Yes, I have a sister who is living in Florida so now my attention has been changed from Houston to the whole state of Florida.  My friend and her husband in Houston have moved back into their home. Today, they actually mowed the lawn and it looks wonderful on the outside. They had been nine days away, living with a friend who was on dry land.  They are thankful things are getting back to “normal” but she said that everything else in their neighborhood looks like a war zone. See photo below that shows the mess.

Houston war zone

Meanwhile, people in Florida are bracing for the BIG hurricane that will hit in about three days.  The forecasters don’t know which way it will turn, whether it goes straight up north the eastern coastline or covers over Florida to the west…that is where my sister lives, midway inside the Gulf near Fort Myers.

This past weekend, my brother was up to help with my Dad’s shop more.  Also, my husband and I moved around furniture in 3 out of 8 possible rooms in our house.  The two bedrooms now have twin beds, one is called the Sheyenne room and the other is the Balaton room.  The first is because the headboard and footboard came from my maternal grandparents place in Sheyenne.  The second one was from my paternal grandparents in Balaton, MN.  I don’t have photos of the big changes, but I have one of the HUGE mirror that we took out to create more space in our entry way. The next photo is one of the 7×8 foot Squirt signs that I helped clean up.

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Harvey has taken over global news

News for us is that the plum trees have taken over with their bounty…the harvest is plentiful.  The apples are done and my Mom has taken care of about two 5 gallon buckets full of apples.  I have maybe a gallon or so in the fridge and will make a few more apple pies.  Now, what to do with all these plums that Ken and I picked tonight?

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That is OUR news on the homefront but things are not good for my friends down in the Houston, TX area.  The following are pictures of the couples home that I know from Almaty, Kazakhstan.  The devastation that so many families are going through is very sad. But these people are working together to help each other because that is all they have left.

I’m grateful for our fruit and vegetable harvest even though it means a LOT of work to make them into something.  I just give most of it away like the turnips and the basil.  Next will be the red beets.  Oy my!

Thom Orr

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