Giving thanks for the simple things



This afternoon I was out on the front porch painting a second coat of white on our porch swing. For the last month, we’ve been working on repainting the outside of the house, a project which was no small undertaking.

“Do you do eyes?” 

I looked up from the bench. It was Darryl, the neighbor riding up on his bicycle. Darryl lives in a trailer up the road with about two hundred bicycles in his front yard. Among them stands a confederate flag. He loves bicycles and is constantly resurrecting them from various locations on the island. We’re not sure how they get there. Rumors abound.

“What?” I wondered if I heard him right. “Yeah I do eyes. I’m an optometrist. Why?”

“Oh I heard that from the lady at the store. You have nice teeth. You should take care of them.”

“Thank you." I smiled. " Yeah you have to brush them all the time.” 

4/21/2013 1:42:05 PM

It appears that the issues with the GRIT landing page and comment section has been resolved. I'm looking forward to hearing about what has been happening on your gardening/homestead this last month. May GRIT blogs live and prosper.

11/21/2012 4:01:16 PM

Sara, welcome to small town living where everyone knows everything about you. I started life on a farm right outside of a small Nebraska town of 300 people. My grand dad was the town Marshall for a time and my grandma run the local small town restaurant so between the two they knew about every thing that happened. It seems like painting is a never ending chore with me. Something always needs painting. I have heard about those Sears houses but until now have never known anyone that owned one. It was the forerunner of the pre fab homes built later. The housing industry has definitely gone through some different phases of building. My second exposure to farm life was right outside of Sioux City, Iowa. Dad bought a 114 acre farm so life was once again back to chickens, cows, pigs, and a horse. Life was good. Have a great Iowa Thanksgiving.

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