Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving in Knox County

I haven't blogged recently because of our daughter's and older grandson's health problems that began in mid-October. Nothing life-threatening, but  they require a lot of care and concern all the same.  

On Thanksgiving Day, Phil and I drove (9 hours) to our cabin in Ohio. We celebrated on Friday. When the rain stopped, we raked a ton of oak leaves over the space of a few days.  We visited with neighbors.  Phil's sister and husband came up from Marietta and stayed Saturday night. 

Life is different in Knox County. We encountered an Amish buggy on Route  514. We've  never seen one on that road before. Most of the Amish live in neighboring Holmes County, but  many more Amish are buying farms in Knox Country than they did a decade ago. At Miller's Hardware, I picked up a copy of The Vendor, a biweekly paper serving "plain folk everywhere" and turned immediately to the ads for buggy horses. All the horses were "traffic safe and sound" except for one that was "sound, but not quite traffic safe." An ad for an 8-year-old black Morgan standardbred mare stated that she was an "excellent traveler" that "some women can drive." Asking price, $1200.00. I fondly remember the recent ad that warned, "Not a horse for seniors." 

The sign on the door of  Dale's Cardinal grocery store in Danville said,  "No tobacco or snuff chewing in the store." Who knew that you could chew snuff? A notice on the bulletin board offered "cur" pups for sale. What kind of dog is that?

The week-long gun season for white-tail deer began on Monday, the 29th. While raking leaves, we heard shooting in the distance. Phil allows deer hunting on our property. (His sister doesn't allow it on hers.) Phil likes to plant trees; the deer like to eat them. They also damage mature trees and shrubs with their relentless browsing. Although Phil feels ambivalent about deer hunting, he realizes that, with no natural predators, too many deer are competing with each other for food.  

This year many newcomers asked for hunting permits. One man even researched land records at the court house in Mount Vernon and called us.  He is interested in securing "good hunting land" in the future for himself and his son, who is now just two years old. Phil keeps a calendar showing who is hunting on which parcel on a given day. He certainly doesn't want the hunters shooting one another.

The local fire chief apologized for requesting permission at the last minute. He said he'd been involved in the investigation of the recent murder of two adults and a child near Mount Vernon. 


the sandwich life said...

Not a horse for seniors....I love that. I will be thinking of your daughter and oldest grandson and hoping they are well.

sp said...

from what i've heard a cur is a working dog often associated with hunting (although the term can be used to describe a dog that gives up in a fight). there are all sorts of subtypes like 'mountain cur' or 'black mouth cur' and i've read about them most extensively on a bog called 'home range' -

but also briefly and mostly humorously on

Lena said...

So sorry to hear that your daughter and grandson are not feeling well. Hope they are better very soon.

How often to you get away to your cabin?

Mary said...

thanks for your comment on my blog..i grew up in Salisbury MD and my 85 yr old mom is still there. I also have a friend who is rector at St Phillips church in Laurel. ah the internet! Fun reading a bit of your blog too. Great photos...Sounds like a cool place up there, and more in line with my own values than Salisbury..and the "just cuz you,,," comment is priceless!

Debra said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today with an encouraging word. It was a blessing to me.

I've always been somewhat facinated with the life of the Amish. I wish I knew more about them and their day to day lives.

Hope your daughter and grandson will soon be better.