Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Long Journey Home....

...to this homestead, that is.
There's no mail delivery up here again today. We haven't been plowed out....which isn't surprising. The motto down here, especially for the more rural folk, is simple:

The Lords giveth....and The Lord will taketh away.

There isn't really what you'd call winter road equipment around here. It's The South, after all. The last snow that had depth and lasted a couple days was 1984 I'm told. The storm in 1994 doesn't count. It was all ice. Two weeks' worth.

At any rate, snow removal is up to mother nature around these parts. We have a road grader in the county. And a gravel dump truck or two, and I've seen a flat-bed dump, too. And the 'crew' (We have 4, I believe) all have shovels :) The idea of removing the snow itself entails sprinkling red clay sand on the over-passes. That's pretty much it. It wouldn't be frugal to sprinkle sand on all the roads. Not when mother nature will do it for free :)

So, with the snow still on the roads, and being on the other side of rural, the mail delivery, um, wasn't. When Sharon (our carrier) called to let us know that sure, it seemed we had been abandoned here, we really hadn't been, or at least we weren't the only ones. She asked about our lane. I quickly said no, not even worth a try. The road down a mile at the end of our lane she hadn't been to either.

So, we went for a walk :) Rather we went for a slide. Down the hill away from our place....up the hill at the end of the property....around a curve. That picture....that is at the curve about 3/4 of a mile from the house. Way down that road, as far as you can see, there is a bend in the road. That's us. There's nothing on our lane. It was beautiful.

From the looks of it, we won't have mail until Thursday. Maybe the roads will be open a bit at that point. I hear the main roads are in good shape, and that grader I mentioned....he went up the mountain on another road this morning.

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Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

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