Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 11, 2016
By Pat Edwards
By the time you read this, the 2016 Lorane Picnic and Ice Cream Social will be in the books. I’m hoping that it continues to grow and be a popular event in our community for years to come.
I was not able to make the Crow Grange’s Chicken ‘n Pickin’ event again this year… in fact, for some reason it always falls on a weekend when we have other plans and I’ve never been to it. It’s one of the things on my list of things I really want to do, but have not yet. It sounds like so much fun with good food and good music.
Life would be so boring without our occasional “life adventures!” We hosted a quadruple birthday bash last Saturday night (August 6) for a daughter, 2 granddaughters and our grandson-in-law. That afternoon, I went out to water the flowers after putting most of the finishing touches on the house before beginning the dinner preparations. I was just finishing watering when the hose began dribbling… and then stopped. No water. I thought, surely, it will come back on again once it recovers, so we went forward with the dinner for the 20 of us. In hindsight, I should have used paper plates and plasticware, but we didn’t. Fortunately, I had stashed away about 8 or 9 five-gallon plastic containers of water with bleach added for emergency use. I’m so glad I did. The next morning, it took me awhile, but I finished washing and drying the humongous stack of dishes and pots and pans covering my counter tops and brushed my teeth and cooked with the bottled water on hand. Because many seemed to be having similar problems, help wasn’t available until Tuesday when it was determined that thankfully, our pump had given out on us and it wasn’t because our well had gone dry. We were able to get a partial fill-up of our 1,500 gallon holding tank that afternoon so we could once again have water. On Wednesday, the crew from Rainbow Pump was able to pull the old pump and 177′ of line out through the hole Jim had to open in the roof of our shed where it resides, and a new pump was installed, much to the relief of my flowers and garden beds… and my dishpan hands. You know, though… life would indeed be boring if everything always went smoothly!
I thought I’d update you on the planned 2016 Groundwaters annual issue/anthology book that will be published in October. Our deadline for submissions has been set to August 15 and as August 12, 46 local writers and poets have sent 135 submissions with at least 4 more reserving space for pieces they are still working on. Jen Chambers and I want to thank everyone for their participation and hope that those of you who enjoy good writing will put these on your Christmas lists. We can be so proud of the talent we have in this area.
One thing we are in short supply of for this year are submissions by our young writers. Summer is always a hard time to get things from our “Bubbling Up” talent, but we will extend our deadline until September 1 for stories and poetry sent in by young writers who are under 18 years of age. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to send us their work. It will be printed in a paperback book. Artwork is also accepted. Our guidelines for submitting are the same as for the adults and can be found on our website at http://www.groundwaterspublishing.com/Submissions.html