Then yesterday the beginning of what is being termed Frankenstorm began its trek. There's a hurricane Sandy barrelling up the east coast...and the snow storm from the west. If the spaghetti models are correct, they should converge over us.
At noon, Jeremy Thompson and his daughter, Devonie, came by to help Robert. How Devonie stayed outside that long is beyond me. It was too cold for me but as my mother-in-law called me, I am a panty-waist. I don't do outside well at all...and in wet and cold? Not at all (and yes, our roof is STILL leaking...grrrrrr).
I was thrilled. Immediately I reckoned back to Little House On the Prarie, when Pa made the mantel over their fireplace and on either side of the front of the mantel he carved their initials...CI and CI. Just how sweet is this. Jeremy is an artist, and he finished up the edges.
When we had admired it totally, Jeremy offered to carve in an infinity sign in the lower edge. Perfect since infinity and eternal mean the same. I LOVE IT.
It really was kind of Jeremy to come by..he is a whippersnapper, younger than Robert. I've worried about Robert doing all this hard work all these weeks (as you've read previously). And he's gotten more tired as each day finishes. Devonie was so sweet and helped Robert bag up the sawdust and twigs. We are now done for the season . It is obvious the other tree near the mailbox will be coming down next year. But for now, we will continue to winterize the yard, protect the glider and patio table/chairs. We have plenty of wood for this winter (and future ones) and now I just need to learn how to make a fire. Where are those Pie Irons?