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Sometimes You Win One

Winter before last, my snow plow shoes finally wore out to the point even Tom couldn’t save them, so I bought a new pair.

Then early last winter we had a whopper of a snowstorm (little did we know it was only the beginning). I plowed out our driveway and outbuildings and the lane, then plowed out two of the neighbors. After parking the truck, I gave it the ol’ post-plow walk-around and discovered one of my brand new shoes was missing.

Let’s be polite, and say I was disheartened.

All-in-all, three hours in the plow truck and several miles of snowbanks. Somewhere out there, buried in all that white, was a $34 piece of iron. I retraced my work, expecting to find nothing, and found exactly that.

Then last week I was typing in my little room with the window open for the first time all year when it occurred to me I ought to take a walk along the driveway to see if I could find that shoe. I got halfway to the mailbox but the snowbanks still hadn’t completely melted, so I turned and headed the other way, out the ridge where I plowed the lane.

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Then I spotted something…

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I took a closer look…

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I followed the trail of spacers and found…

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Price tag still on it! And then, to complete the trifecta…

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It’s nice to see the daffodils sprout and all that, but that’s pretty much the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all spring. Felt like I won the lottery…for $34.

Rule is, if yer gonna grump about bad luck, you gotta give the cosmos a nod when you get good luck. So there y’go.

Thank You Day

Five weeks on the road and now I head home. So many thank-yous owed. So grateful for every friendly face, handshake, kind word, the number of people who rearranged their day to include me.

Sitting in the San Francisco airport, waiting for a plane, working on the next book manuscript. So I can do this all again.

Thank you. And thank you to the little crew at home. This is a team sport.

 

Sawmill Day at Tom’s Place

In Visiting Tom I write about going over to his place to saw lumber. These photos are from that day (taken mostly by my buddy Mills). Some of the photos correspond to pages in the book (see captions for specific page number).