Saturday, 11 February 2017

10:36 – It was 50F (10C) when I took Colin out this morning. The next 24 hours are supposed to be sunny and warm, if a bit windy, but then another cold front moves in. By tomorrow evening, it’s to be a lot colder, with the next five days or so having highs in the low- to mid-40’s and lows in the 20’s.

Colin got a bath this morning. Well, a shower, actually. He’s always terrified that someone is going to hurt him. He was showing his vicious fangy face and snarling when we finally dragged him into the shower stall. As usual, he then settled down, resigning himself to being bathed. Of course, water ended up all over the bathroom floor and both of us as well.

Barbara had a meeting of the historical society yesterday at 4:00 p.m. We decided I’d ride along with her and then we’d head over to The Pines afterward to have dinner. From the time she was a little girl, Barbara had been riding up to Sparta every year with her family to get a Christmas tree. They always ate at The Pines.

When we moved up here, several people told us that The Pines was fine, but Brown’s Restaurant was better. We tried it and liked it, so we made it our go-to restaurant. It was a family-run place, and Mr. and Mrs. Brown were about our age or older. Last autumn, they finally decided to retire and close the restaurant. The Pines moved from its old location into the old Brown’s Restaurant building.

At her meeting, someone mentioned going to Brown’s for dinner. Barbara pointed out that Brown’s had closed, and the person she was talking to told her that they’d reopened in a new location out north of town near our veterinarian’s office. So we headed out there for dinner. Turns out they’d opened the new place a month ago. It’s run by the son of the family and his wife, I’m sure with lots of advice from his parents.

We arrived just early enough to avoid the rush. There’s a big high-school wrestling tournament in town this weekend, which just added to the crush. We’d had to wait less than a minute for a table when we arrived, but by the time our food was served there was a line out the door. The food was good, so I’m sure we’ll be eating there often.

 

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