David Beumee on mon 11 jan 10
I miss Montana winters too Marcia. I grew up in Billings and Red Lodge and
learned to make pots in art school in Bozeman.
I always loved getting into a stand of lodgepole in the summer and thinning
out the standing deadfall in preparation for long winters. I've always love=
cutting and stacking and chopping wood. In the early seventies there were
still lots of folks in Bozeman who used wood as their only source of heat,
and I loved every minute of it, even at thirty below. All of us arranged ou=
winter quarter classes so we could ski in the cold smoke at Bridger Bowl in
the afternoons. Those were the days.
On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Marcia Selsor wrote:
> I miss the Montana winters and the minus zero from Jan. 1 to mid- Feb. Th=
> tropical living in SOuth Texas makes me forget what time of year it is.
> We had a good wood and pellet stoves at the studio. I collected hard wood
> from a cabinet maker. Could also make nice little tools from the scraps. =
> use to use coal in my little house in Huntley. We could back up the picku=
> to a conveyor belt and get coal right out of the mine. Wood was not as
> abundant in the area. I miss Yellowstone Park in the Winter and swimming =
> the hot springs while your hair grows icicles and you sit and watch the
> I missed the squeaky sound of "dry" snow in the bitter cold and the car
> seats cracking when it is minus 30. And let's not forget headbolt heat=
> to keep your car engine from freezing. I was only snowed in once in 25 ye=
> of teaching. About 1990, the university stayed open when it was minus 30
> because they would otherwise forfeit a basketball game to Alaska. I did
> learn how to solder pipes after they froze. Montana is a lesson in surviv=
> and self-reliance. I really do miss it.
> Marcia Selsor