There is no place more quiet than Grace Hill at night.
There was a time when I would not have slept in a cemetery, but I feel very safe here...Doug, his Dad, Grandpa, Uncles, Union veterans. No safer place for me.
My first trip out in the Interstate after Doug died was to this cemetery over that first Memorial Day weekend. Spent 3 nights here, planted the rose bush, his kids and mine came, his Mom, sister, etc.
We sat and talked, cried a bit...just like back in the day, when families would visit cemeteries en masse to tend the graves, bring picnics, socialize.
It most likely happened here, this cemetery going back to pre-Civil war days.
Doug was here at age 4 years, with his Mother and sister to bury his Dad, whom he is now buried next to...just as he wanted.
History all around me, and under my feet.
Slept like the dead last night, and Lily too, after running and romping all over the place yesterday.
Fenced in, up on a hill, no place for her to go....not that she would if she could. Lily loves her mama.
Her olfactory senses are a bit assaulted out here. She hears and smells farm and other animals not native to town
, and feels she must be on high alert lest they intrude on our space....even tho she can't see them, she knows they are there.
Running the perimeter of the cemetery...ears, the hair on her back, and tail up.
. Good exercise.
I think she is down a few pounds since her Dr. visit in January.
I've been carefully measuring her dog food each day. She asks for more, but I don't give it to her.
It got pretty chilly last night, then began to rain, so I thought I would turn on the generator, give it some exercise and run the optional heat in the AC unit. Ummm, no.
Dead as a door nail. No light, no sound, no nothing.
I can't tell which fuse goes to that switch, tho I got down with my flashlight on the floor and looked at the fuse box
, but I suspect the problem may be the switch itself.
That has been replaced once already in the past 9 years, as I recall. It could stand a full service job, anyway, so will run it up to the Cummins guys north of me when I get home and let them give it a good going over.
Less than 70 hours on that generator, compared to 170,000+ miles on the Interstate, it hasn't seen a whole lot of use.
So, fired up the furnace to take the chill and damp out of here....all the comforts of home, tho if I had a tiny wood stove it would be a-burnin'.
Going to make a stop at the Amish grocery in Kalona on the way to the big city later this morning....2lb rolls of butter for $6 or so, oats, nuts, flours, etc., by the ounce or pound, and at great prices.
I will stock up.