My house was very busy for the past week. Today, it’s quiet, and that is just as delightful as a houseful. Especially after a houseful. Morgan went back to school today–I let her stay home yesterday because she’d been sick and because it was Ross’s last full day. He’s headed back to Norfolk with bags of jerky and the satisfaction of his first successful hunt. Weston’s back in Morgantown. He’ll probably never forget the day he had to help his brother drag a deer over the hill.
Last year, I moved in the week of deer season and there were repeated poacher intrusions. This year, I was ready–and there were none. I don’t know if I was just lucky this year, or if perhaps over the past year it has become apparent that there is a new sheriff in town. In any case, there were no problems. Deer season goes on, but the big week here is Thanksgiving week–when everyone is off work and out of school. I don’t hear gunshots over the hills from surrounding lands anymore. I put the horses and donkeys back out on my upper pasture, relieving the pressure on the barn yard and my hay supply until real winter settles in.
I forgot that I’d left the upper gate open when I let them in through the lower gate and soon had donkeys in the yard. The donkeys are a good early warning system. They seem to wander out before anyone else. I quickly got them back in before the horses got anywhere near the gate. (I dread the day Shortcake ever wanders out a break in a fence. She will NOT be easy to get back!)
There were just a few cold days over the past week when I was able to play with the Buck Stove, see how I liked it. I don’t like it much–it’s just too small. I’m hoping to have my wood stove man out here tomorrow to go over my options. I’m still thinking about putting a wood stove (a cook stove) in my back kitchen den area–though Ross thinks a big gun cabinet would look nice there. (I don’t think so. Though perhaps it would scare off intruders! Maybe I should go for the old-timey look and just hang a rifle over the door.) As I’m trying to come to some conclusion about my wood stove situation, I’m also expecting line edits on my book soon. Line edits are final edits before a manuscript goes to the copy editor. For those who find all these terms confusing: Revisions (which can be major or minor) are where you are changing/adding/deleting/rearranging material. Line edits are minor edits, mostly cleaning up sentences or adding a word of explanation or detail, editing for consistency, etc. When a book goes to the copy editor, the copy editor’s job is to comb over the manuscript to make sure it fits the publisher’s standard grammatical usage and style, preparing the book for typesetting. This is a huge book that also includes recipes and photos, so it’s a big job to prepare it for press. Happily, most of what’s left is not MY job. My job is mostly done, and like having a houseful then wallowing in the quiet, there is quiet in that, too, and time to think about what I want to do next.
I think I’ll start with cleaning up the house.