A Busy Day

It was a busy day yesterday on the Massanutten. The Pickle Queen help me replace the T-post corner posts on the garden with wooden posts. I knew better when we put up the fence 3 years ago, but at that time my post hole digger was in storage back in South Dakota. I dug the holes 30 inches deep and had good moisture all the way down. Finley tilled the garden again for us last week so we are waiting for the temperature to stabilize before we start the planting season. I turned on the water to the barn and something told me to go down to the pavilion and check that hydrant as it’s fed by the same line. Lucky thing I did as there was a split in an existing patch in the copper pipe and water was shooting out a good 10 feet. After a trip to town for new JR Weld that problem is hopefully solved.

We watched the Duck Commander NASCAR Sprint Cup Race last night. If you don’t keep up with NASCAR down here, you won’t have anything to talk about to most people. Four of the Robertson clan had parts in the opening festivities. Sadie gave the invocation; Reed sang the National Anthem; Si gave the command to start your engines, and Phil acted as flagman. One of these reminded me of something that happened in our church back in South Dakota.

Our minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs on the church building. Like other congregations, I would guess, our members were tighter than the proverbial popcorn fart. Therefore, he was annoyed to find out that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. ‘Here’s a copy of the service,’ he said impatiently. ‘But you will have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.’

During the service, our minister paused and said, ‘Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repair cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.’ At that moment, the substitute organist played ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’

And that is how the substitute became the regular organist.

Keep your fork


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