Wednesday, December 29, 2010

snowblowing and salad

Main roads are basically open but now trying to clear side roads here in Watauga County. Mike and I are still hiking up and down our road/driveway.

My goat and chicken buddy, Paula , says she makes the broccoli salad adding in sunflower seeds and bean sprouts, which I'll love the added crunch. Also, a fella at work says he uses sour cream rather than mayo. Check out the previous post for the recipe, give it a try, and let me know what you think.
On Christmas Day, the local newpaper was several days old and I kept intending to read it. I was sleepy, crawled in bed with the newspaper. Opened to the OBITUARIES, and I read CAROLYN GARRISON. Y'all wouldn't know Carolyn, but do you ever have those moments, where you don't think you are looking at something correctly, or not comprehending correctly? I'm trying to focus and in my mind, CAROLYN GARRISON, I'm thinking not my CAROLYN GARRISON. CAROLYN GARRISON! She died on Dec 19th and was buried on Dec 23rd. 55 years old, dropped dead of a heart attack. My buddy. Oh, how we laughed with each other, we cracked each other up. We saw the world through the same cynical glasses.
I'm just relaying the story, because it sort of compares to how I felt on the morning of Sept 11th 2001, I was sleeping in bed with a horrible head cold, my father-in-law called, HURRY, TURN ON THE TV!, click. After knocking everything off my nightstand, I got the TV turned on, and I'm staring at the screen, thinking I'm trippin' on Nyquil, I'm trying to make sense of what I'm seeing.
Carolyn's obituary was another unexpected shocking moment, seems too overwhelming to comprehend.


Flartus said...

Joanna, I'm sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I can understand how you'd have felt thrown way off-balance! Wow...been a tough winter for you all. Hopefully spring will be here soon, and things will lighten up.

Louise said...

I'm so sorry that you have lost a good friend. That sinking, hurting feeling is one I think we all know well, but that doesn't make it any easier to take.

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Sorry to hear about your friend....
I've made that same salad using coleslaw dressing....yummmmy!!
Drove over to Boone today, for a Dr. appointment and the only trouble i had was the ice at the bottom of MY driveway....!!

Nekkid Chicken said...

Oh Sorry Honey for you loss. I had one of those moments right after Thanksgiving with a neighbors son's death. Just stared in disbelief and unbearable incomprehension. )))HUGS(((

Nancy K. said...

It sounds like you have some wonderful memories of Carolyn. Treasure them!

I too wish you a brighter New Year...

Tammy said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, Joanna. It's so hard to lose those you have loved and shared much with..and to find out in such an unexpected way is doubly hard.

All that walking up and down your hill sure has to be 'good exercise' but I bet it gets a little tiring. Is the snow blower in the top picture a state vehicle? I've never seen anything like that. We just have the big trucks with plows around here.

Paula said...

We are so sorry to hear about your friend. A true reminder to appreciate all our loved ones! Hopefully the new year will bring less sorrow. On a much lighter note, Thanks for linking us!! We all really can't wait to see you and Mike (critters too!) this spring at a goat show! It's in the 70's today! Going to put more roo's in the freezer! Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh wow. Life is short.....carpe diem.