Briefly Beautiful

A beautiful inconvenience
A beautiful inconvenience

We’re going to try to get to town at noon. Ann’s been on the road between the house and hardtop, coming and going, and says that even in the Subaru, our road is in poor shape after having the top layer scraped in the wee hours yesterday.

It’s not likely there will be much melting this week. We may have this with us for most of the winter, so we’d best get used to it.

Meanwhile, the fellow I called three times to please come clean the gutters had the weather as a legitimate excuse every time, so now, we’re watching giant ice-cycles form on our gutters, and will be lucky not to lose them from the sheer weight of accumulating ice. For joy!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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