This winter marks a new milestone for Marada and I; normally we drive through all weather conditions to our family’s house in Grand Isle whenever we go North to the County. County folks are used to driving, and if you’ve already driven 4-6 hours, depending on where you’re coming from, why wouldn’t you drive 1-2 more to sleep in your own home?
But this winter, with its cascading weekly snowstorms, and surprisingly bad road conditions, meant that Marada and I both stayed overnight in Houlton on separate trips. It’s a sure sign of weather, but also of age–we’re no longer careless enough, or care pas enough, in Valley French, to risk the horrible driving conditions.
The County plow crews are pros, and County drivers go much of the winter without their wheels touching pavement. But discretion is the better part of valor, and for the first time in our 31, and 30 years, respectively, we each paid for a hotel in Houlton on our trips North.
So, having officially turned 30 the day before this went out, I officially retired my jokes about retiring at 30, and I have no desire to prove my mettle against the storms, moose, and drifts. I’ll hunker down til the worst is past, and stay warm and relaxed while the road whites out. Sigh. I really am getting old…
This originally went out on February 20, 2014.
The Big Dig 2014 continues…
1. Scallops made it on the list!
2. Crabmeat is back!
3. Okay, this time spinach really is back.
4 . Stew chickens from Tide Mill Farm
5. Moodytown sausage, rack o’ribs, more!
You all deserve a good newsletter, with connecting themes and entertaining links. This morning, however, finds me in Houlton, where slick roads last night pushed the pause button on my journey northwards for meetings today. Yes, Virginia, there is a north of Houlton.
While I get ready to resadddle the Volvo, I figured I’d get the availability list out the door. So no sweeping prose, leaps of local logic and such this morning. Just the delivery. That is, after all, the mission.
Here’s to well delivered, local, delicious, and sustainable food!