Pics from Ward

My brother Ward, who lives up in Rochester, NY, sent me pictures.

He has a new cat named Dixie. She was abandoned at his father-in-law’s farm. She is extremely affectionate. I love brown tabby cats with golden eyes. She is beautiful.


His garage burned down a year or so ago and he has finally started working on his new garage. At 24 feet by 30 feet, it is bigger than my house.

He is digging the footings and foundation with his toy tractor. I wish I had one of those babies, I would find something to dig.

foundation1 foundation2

He told me on the telephone that he recently stacked 6 cords of Black Locust in his cellar for his word burning stove. I am jealous. Black Locust is the best wood for heating a house.

Erica just bought us a cord of wood, which I stacked in the driveway to make it easy to get at when it snows. It is a mixed bag of hardwoods like maple, oak, beech and ash, but with an occasional red pine and a few billets of cedar. I don’t mind the cedar – I’ll save it for Christmas and use it as a yule log. It smells wonderful when it burns. The red pine, though, burns as fast as paper and doesn’t give off much heat.


  1. Lawrence Dagstine wrote:

    Hey, thanks for visiting and supporting my site. Great to see another Sam’s Dot veteran out there. Especially from the James Baker days. The brown tabby is beautiful. I’ve always been a cat person rather than a dog person. My mother’s cat (which I found on the ledge of a bridge when I was sixteen) passed away of old age last week. She was 18 (in human years).

    You have a nice blog here. Are you still publishing Astounding Tales.Com? I’ve added you to my author list.

    Hope all is well,

    Lawrence Dagstine

    Monday, November 3, 2008 at 5:06 am | Permalink
  2. Keith wrote:

    Very sorry about your dog. I am always angered that dogs and cats live for such a short time.

    I don’t publish now. There was an unpleasant incident that lead to the closing and I don’t want to be in position where such a thing could happen again. I keep the domain name because it is a good one, but I don’t know what to do with it.

    J. Erwine at SamsDot bought my first story. Jim Baker was still alive, but I did not ever communicate with him directly.

    SamsDot is like a family and I enjoy lurking at the discussion group.

    Monday, November 3, 2008 at 9:10 am | Permalink