Good morning, Netizens…
We spent an idyllic day in South Stevens County this last weekend with friends Susan Waters and her extended family, and I must admit I have been playing catch-up with this Blog ever since. Since both Susan and myself are amateur historians, particularly with some of the more obscure bits of trivia that occasionally crop up in our Eastern Washington annals, we spent an entire afternoon discussing all manner of things, including how the Town of Springdale has changed and, of course, the little-known history of a former resident of the West Plains, Pea Vine Jimmy.
After feasting ourselves half-silly on Susan’s unbelievably good sausage and bean soup, the adults spent nearly the entire afternoon rediscovering our past lives together, while our granddaughter, Lilly, discovered the livestock and took a brief tour of the garage where an antique car lives. The day must have been good for her, because we had barely made it back to the paved road when she promptly fell asleep, slumbering peacefully all the way back to the city. Contentment is made of such things in the eye of an eleven year-old girl.
No sooner than we had landed safely at our home than the reality of my professional life hit harder than a brick, as I was distressed to discover a number of system errors that took place during our absence, and I have been buried in work trivia ever since.
We have made, and I believe we will keep a promise to Susan to return soon, and bring our granddaughter along once more, as there is a special place in the hearts of all children on the cusp of maturity for peaceful country farms a long ways off the highway.
So, onward into the fray, as they say on the streets outside the Virtual Ballroom.