This morning I made a quick trip to the store to buy fixins for breakfast burritos. When I got back home and started to set the grocery sacks on the kitchen table I noticed that it was very wet. I looked up and saw that the water was coming from the ceiling. The water pipes for the upstairs run between the upstairs floor joists. What a way to start the day.
After such a unsettling start to the day, we decided to take a drive. We drove up the Talimena Drive to Queen Wilhelmina State Park on Rich Mountain. As we drove up the mountain we saw that the trees were iced over at the higher elevations. The ice made the scenery even more beautiful than usual.
We turned off of Talimena Drive onto Polk County Road 100, a rough dirt road that goes down the back side of Rich Mountain and connects with Highway 8. Polk County Road 100 is a seldom traveled road through uninhabited land.
As we were slowly making our way down the road , my wife pointed out an owl . We watched as the owl landed on a dead tree. I drove the car carefully until we were right beside the tree. The owl's head was turned away from us. My wife called to the owl and I snapped the photo just as he turned his head.
Getting to see and photograph a Barred Owl today made me forget for awhile the problems that I had to face back home. It was a very special moment.
P.S. The plumber is supposed to be here in the morning.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled The Little Things - Devotionals from a small town, using articles from the column. I published the second book in the Devotionals from a small town series, titled In the Fog, in December 2017.