Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Pleasant Surprise


We recently had the delightful experience of getting a surprise visit from Mountain Fire Keeper. He stayed over in our log cabin one night as he was passing through, over to the eastern side of Wisconsin.
Mt. Firekeeper arrived early Thursday evening. We shared dinner with him and pulled off a marathon visit, drinking coffee and talking until late, well after midnight. He also did a show and tell session showing us several survival gear packs that he brought along on his journey. Very interesting time seeing all the cool stuff that he creatively and intelligently includes in his packs.
Then the next day we had opportunity to visit and chat even more during the morning hours as we sent him off with a hardy country breakfast of farm raised bacon, eggs, and home baked breads. A delightful experience, finally getting to meet in person, one of my favorite agrarian blogging friends. Though he has not had his Mountain Fire Keeper blog online for a awhile, due to time constraints, he says he's been thinking about starting it up again in the near future.
After many hours of talking and visiting it was plain to see that Mt. Firekeeper is a genuine bona fide man of the soil. He's the real deal! Homestead agrarian man, to the bone. "Authentic" even. During our discussions Mt. Firekeeper offered to do a couple of his Country Living Skills workshops here in the coming year, an idea which we are thrilled with. For years, I've envisioned hosting something like that here.
So what's with the picture of the hat you might ask? Well, we were so consumed with talking and sharing homesteading stories that we forgot to snap off a picture of Mt. Firekeeper as proof that he was actually here. But, then we found later that day that he had gone off and forgotten his hat.
So here's the proof! Mountain Fire Keeper was really here! We will be listing the hat on eBay and selling it to the highest bidder...... No sorry, just kidding! If he doesn't drop by on his way back to ND then we will gladly send it to him. I'm sure he's missing it with this winter weather we've been having.
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Speaking of winter weather, we are currently getting a wintery blast of snow even now as I write. Started snowing during the wee hours and has continued most of the day. We have around 6 or 7 inches of new snow ensuring us of a white Christmas come Tuesday, barring any major heat wave between now and then of course. As the temps start to plunge and the winds are picking up, a warm spell would be highly unlikely at this point. There is just something about a fresh blanket of snow that makes my day. Especially during the holiday season.
On that note I think I will close here and say, Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
(Adding a few more just to be politically "incorrect")

4 Comments:

Blogger Lynn Bartlett said...

Glad you appreciate Steve as much as our family does! We miss him this winter, as he has been doing other things in other places for the winter. Hopefully we'll have him back up here come spring!

Christmas blessings to you!

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Northern Farmer said...

Hey!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Better late than never, eh!

Sounds like you had a good visit! Kinda miss Steven in cyberspace, I'll be glad when he returns!

Tom

3:45 PM  
Blogger RL said...

Hi Lynn,

Steve is a great guy.

Belated Merry Christmas to you.

11:09 AM  
Blogger RL said...

Hey Tom,

Yep, that's what I always say, "better late than never".

Belated Merry Christmas to you, too. And Happy New Year!

11:11 AM  

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