July Thaw

Last weekend’s storm missed us down on Goosecreek, but took down many branches and some trees between town and gandy’s dog kennel Saturday morning before we left for St. Louis.

Power went out Friday night at 9 o’clock in the storm but our neighborhood told us by email but it came back on again Sunday at five. His house down the road and ours are on the same circuit so it was logical assumption that ours had come back on.

However, we learned yesterday that our power did not come back on the cause of a tree down between the neighbors house and ours. So everything in our refrigerator had been without refrigeration for more than three days..

A good neighbor is one who offers to take care of such a mess, so that we won’t confront the worst of that when we get home on Thursday.

As you can see from the picture taken just now from our motel window, we are not in Kansas anymore, Toto.


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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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