Clark Hollow Ramblings: Winter times a’coming

Well, it’s snowing again, and winter doesn’t officially begin for another 10 days or so. I hope you took advantage of the cool weather over Thanksgiving and got your hog killing done. Your hams and shoulders and fat back would have cooled out really well over night, so you could trim them up the next day and salt them down for the coming months. 

We always liked to butcher at Thanksgiving, but in recent years you were more likely to be outdoors in your shirtsleeves than hanging a hog on the meat pole. It makes me wonder, sometimes, how many people in this county have ever seen a meat pole or a hog scraper or know what a gambrel was used for. As the folk singer said, the times, they are a’changing.

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, no matter how you celebrated it. We had a good sized group in, about 20. Linda wanted everybody to eat at once and in the same room, so, nothing to do but push the furniture back and set up tables in the living room. It was a bit crowded, but everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoyed the fellowship and the food. We had the normal Thanksgiving fare, old ham and two turkeys. We’re just finishing up the turkey rice soup and turkey salad that was made from the leftovers, but it was all good.

And the fire department here in town had a nice Christmas party. It was well attended, the food was good, thanks to David Huff and the Country Cafe, and Santa stopped by for awhile to visit with the little ones. The look on the children’s faces was enough to put any scrooge in a holiday mood. There were one or two trembling bottom lips, but for the most part, they just sat there on his knee and looked into his face with angelic eyes filled with wonder. It never gets old. I hope every one of them has a wonderful Christmas. 

And speaking of getting in a good mood for Christmas, I highly recommend you stop by the social services office in Washington, and pick up a “cherub” card or two. The card will tell you the gender and age of a child in the county who could use a Christmas gift this year, their clothes sizes and what they would like to have for Christmas. If doing that doesn’t melt your old scrooge heart, then there is little hope for you. 

And the sheriff’s department is doing the Shop with a Deputy program, and other establishments have angel trees, for young and old. If you look for opportunities to help someone this Christmas season, you will find them, and you will be the better for it. Stay warm, be careful in the slippery ice and snow, and have a wonderful Christmas season. God bless.

Richard Brady
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Richard Brady was born and raised within sight of Rappahannock Peak, as was his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, etc. He graduated from George Mason University and was employed for 35 years with various agencies of the federal government. He retired in 2001, and he and his wife, Linda, live in Flint Hill, Va.