Dear Little Miss Hollywood,
For a city kid, you have a lot of cow sense. NOT a compliment I give lightly. I am amazed at how many people think you can out-muscle cattle, when it is MUCH easier (and a lot more efficient) to just out think them: if we learned ANYTHING from Pancho and Lefty, it was that. Poor Wayne. At least he didn't throw rocks at them. I have seen some real wrecks from 'big men" who tried that one, only to get run over by cattle who couldn't figure out why anyone would throw anything but food at them. Cattle are calm - good cattle owners STAY calm - no matter what.
I competed yesterday in my first regional Scrabble tournament since the stroke, and placed 1450th - not bad, as I was 1790th before. I was beaten by a twelve-year-old from Las Vegas. I got the last laugh though - he still has to go through puberty!
Please please PLEASE don't give up on the history camp! Where would we be if Edison gave up? Or Henry Ford? Or Helen and Scott Nearing???? Have you considered some kind of eco-tourism where people can come stay on the property and live like it's 1776? There are a lot of people out here doing that with the 1880's (our boom time) and it is catching on. The guests help feed, harvest stuff and walk around while you tell them how their ancestors lived... not a spa, but a real farm. hmmm....
I’m sending you a care package. I made fresh cheese (garlic, horseradish, and plain cream cheese) and I'll send it out
(Lloyd, Quackmire, Cleveland, Alfred, Mathilda, Ruthie, Mabel and Clara come to check out the activity in the loafing shed)
Surgery went well - I thank God I live in a world where they can fix bodies like any other equipment; take out broken parts and replace 'em with new ones. The older I get, the more I appreciate that!
About Thanksgiving - I can't think of anyplace I would rather spend it, but there is a lot going on around here right now. I am waiting on three cows to calf, and I just rescued a 10-year-old blind pug from a puppy farm. Maybe next time I'll bring her with me – Do you think she and Luther would get along? More importantly, do you think Irish would see her and say "SNACK!"?
(Bruno and Luther await a new pug friend)
Sorry I'll miss Thanksgiving with everybody, but say hello to everyone for me, wouldja? I’m sending the box o' stuff, so I can be there in spirit. I included a jar of my famous horseradish jelly - try to buy THAT at Trader Joes! - which by the way - is a colonial recipe and is great on roast beef or turkey. I had a bumper crop of horseradish this year, so let me know if you like it and want more. Later!!
Give my love to all the animals - hominid and Henry!