As of Tuesday, January 6, 2015
LOWELL/SYRINGA — First thing every morning when I open my eyes, I think, “Do we have electricity?” Once it’s established that we do, I can go on with life as we know it in Lowell and Syringa.
So here we are in 2015, and here we are with snow and cold and bills to pay and diets to stick to, and thoughts running around in our heads of what the year will be, and even what the day will be.
The residents upriver are all holed up like little field mice, digging out only to get more firewood, scrape off our satellite dishes and see how deep the snow is. We hunker down with our favorite TV shows taped, with our Internet in and out, and making coffee on the wood stove just in case. Leftover turkey soup and any uneaten pie are thawing in the kitchen.
Every so often you see someone from up the Selway creeping slowly down the Selway River Road to turn west on Highway 12, and driving on to the big city downriver. They have their four-wheel drives all gassed up, they have their stocking caps and boots and gloves, and the heaters in their trucks are on full blast. It’s January 2015, winter happens.
Max Smith is 16 months old now, loving life, always smiling, he knows how to open presents, he knows about 35 words, and speaks straight from his gut, when he sez, “uuu-oh” or “thank you” (with emphasis on second syllable) so loud you can hear it down at Syringa. He really means it! Loves the snow and all the basics — food, sleep, dogs, people and life. Watch out 2015, here comes Max as a 2-year-old!
Out on the bulldozer, Mike Smith is plowing for the mailman, the neighborhood dogs are chasing crows, and the natural pruning is in full force with snow and ice causing branches to break everywhere. Broken tree limbs are on the top of the clean-up list for spring. Once the snow melts, it’s beer cans, dog poop and tree limbs. Oh wait, that’s Alaska, not Idaho. My bad! (Can we use the word poop in this nice family newspaper?)
Upriver, little students are back in school after 14 days off. Let’s hope their brains are still working after all those treat, parties and visits from Santa. Miss Madeline Smith, our little kindergartner had the best holiday ever. She had a smile on her face for a month, then Monday morning – snow day!
Happy New Year, don’t even ask about last week’s article!