January 22, 2015
The annual January thaw has come and gone. It
usually occurs around the 20th (or third week) and was welcomed here, as
it was just warm enough to melt the ice that had accumulated in shady
Of course, the forecast now is calling for
rain/snow mix by the weekend, so I suppose we will go back to winter
conditions. Cold and rainy weekends are a great time to make chili--and
I do like my chili.
One of the holler’s barred owls made an appearance
for us yesterday. It dropped down out of a tree right in front of us and
flew to a branch near the road to pose for some photographs. Jeanne got
some great shots before it flew off to his home in a hollow beech tree
below our house.
A fire escape is being constructed on the backside
of the courthouse. It has been a long time coming and, while we all hope
it will never be used, it is a good thing to have.
It is nice to see some action at the Tudor’s/Gino’s
building again. I have a hankering for a good biscuit with toppings, and
was beginning to wonder if the building would ever be finished. I
predict it will open around the middle of May.
This is the time of year when half of Grantsville’s Main Street burned
to the ground in 1966. I remember the fire siren going on and on and
seeing the flames reach into the sky from our house near the old
swimming pool. I ran over to town, but was not allowed anywhere near the
March of the next year, we had the worst flood in
our history. That was a very bad time for the town, but, somehow, it