by T.D. Harris
As the week and month draw to a close the excitement of the Oyster Festival prevails. Some plan to go to Urbanna as they have for many years, and some have decided the festival has gotten too large and too much trouble to park. It has changed from the years when a dalmatian rode on the cab of the fire truck in the parade and we watched from the top of a motor home. Still, the crowds come to enjoy oyster fritters and buy items sold by vendors.
The new buildings at the Deltaville Maritime Museum are almost finished on the outside. The main building is under roof and is larger than the old building. There are going to be places for weddings and parties as well as building boats. Tonight the museum will host a very scary Halloween evening for the children.
Birthdays were celebrated this week by Collin Sears and Pat Hatcher. Andy Snow will celebrate his birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday.
The seagulls have moved inland in their search for food. The few left on the pilings come at the first caw for the bread thrown from the pier. Late in the evening the Great Blue Heron sits on the piling as if to lord on all that the creek is once again his. Honking geese break the silence as they search for a place to land. Wonder if the swans will come to Jackson Creek this year? They have not been off of Stove Point for several years and one cannot help but wonder how they know not to come. Wes Summerfield was seen eating mussels he reached into the water and found, so the food is there.
There are bulbs to plant and flower beds to clean and mulch for winter. Pansies have been planted for color this winter. Hopefully, the grass has been mowed for the last time. A bit of grass seed will be planted soon and red clover seed has been thrown on the bank of the creek for a bit of color in the spring. It also enriches the soil.
The Crittenden farmers hasve been seen going up and down the road on their tractors from one field to another harvesting this year’s crop and preparing the fields for winter. The days have grown shorter and going to bed earlier seems like a good idea. The chimney sweep came last week to clean our chimney and we are waiting to light the fire in the woodstove for the winter. Five cords of wood are neatly stacked ready for the chore of bringing wood in to burn. We have put blankets and flannel sheets on the beds and especially enjoy the electric mattress cover that warms the beds.
A bit of added activity is taking place at our home. We are making preparations for puppies next week. A busy time with a little added excitement.
“Problems have only the size and power that you give them.”