Yesterday was a struggle, with an extended brown out, 50% power. Bitterly cold for us with eight and a quarter inches of snow. I couldn't open my electric garage door. Karen chanced our driveway and went to town. A guy living on our road plowed the main road. The return was dicey. She slid and slipped back up the driveway and with heart racing, barely made it back to the house. Since temperatures last night were predicted at 12*, she knew the ice would be a more harrowing journey today, when the slush freezes. It did melt some yesterday, then it snowed some more. Then we had a full power outage for several hours. I saw PG&E working the pole on my property at 10:00 p.m. So, another day of ice and snow. I hope to walk later in the morning and take pictures. It is nice to have electricity back. So, to continue Murphys Open House where Becky, Janice, Leslie and I met Jan at the emergency shelter, see yesterday's late post:
talked with another shelter worker, Tammy, mostly about the beds and
blankets. The beds are red cots. The blankets are made of ugly grey
felt, unwashable, and are thrown away or given to the person who uses
them. I thought that was interesting. One person used the shelter last
night. And, Jan reported to me this morning she left at midnight, barely
made it home the snow was so heavy, got into her house and a tree went
down on her driveway after she got in. (She has 4 wheel drive.)
wine tasting rooms were busy and filled with tasters. At Hovey's we had
a chocolate tasting as well. Everyone was in a festive happy mode, as
we were. Enjoying the cookies or treats with cider.
new store had its grand opening that night. The owner has a lavender
farm in Arizona and kids that live in Arnold. They have all kinds of
lavender based soaps and products. Very nice. We tasted a delicious
lavender cookie. Reminds me of that song:
He was only a
lavender cowboy, the hairs on his chest they were two, he wanted to be a
big hero, and do as the heroes do. Red, green many color hair tonics,
he rubbed on his chest every night. But when he woke up the next
morning, no new hairs grew in sight. He battled for Red Nellie's honor,
and cleaned out a hold-up's nest. He died with two six guns a blazing,
but only two hairs on his chest.
Sorry but that song has been buzzing through my brain lately. I tried to sing it for Jim.
like bags and hats. We have a great bag shop. This Little Volkswagen
bag reminded me of Janis Joplin's Volkswagen. Such a sad story. We
visited her home town of Port Arthur, Texas earlier this year. The owner
was a Joplin fan. Me too.
Christmas tree made from rough bits of left over wood. I'm an avid
recycler and it appealed to me, along with the home-made decorations. I
used to lavishly decorate for Christmas. I'm now in favor of items I can
haul out that are already decorated and just need to be set up. (It is
an age thing, I think.)
in Murphys have changed hands so many times, I always remember the
original name. This was Riedel's Grocery. I met neighbors Bitsy and Mike
Suki Tutthill. She used to own a business in town. We were in the
Business association together in the mid 1980's. Running into old
friends is another thing I love about Open House.
very favorite store in Murphys, though, is the IDEA store, which
carries bathroom machineries and sooooo much more. I tell everyone to
go. New on this visit was a child size antique porcelain bath and sink.
a more modern child size toilet. Tom imported a truckload of porcelain
one-and-a- half- pint, flush toilets, which will be the new law in
California soon. I forgot to take Tom's picture, another old friend from
Murphys Business Association. We chatted and enjoyed cookies and cider.
The best thing about the place is his ghost story and the story of the
over too hundred tons of keys and locks he got from Great Britain. All
antique. Marvelous place. Just ask and he will tell you.
open house was officially over at 8:00 p.m. People lingered beyond
that, enjoying the fire pits, hating to leave, music still wafting in
the air from somewhere. The Highway Patrol patiently waited and didn't
come in like commandos and reopen the street to traffic. It started
snowing just before we left town. It was heavy about 500 yards from my
driveway. What a lovely night.