Oh, yes. And actually - the temps 'jumped' up to 30* once the sun came out.
Thank God - I remembered that we needed to plug in the truck! And fog came stomping through as soon as the sun rose above the treetops. It's been a day for filling up a pot to brew some good ole' homemade soup!!
Dwayne had breakfast and headed over to one of the sawmills he located on www.whitepages.com. He decided to go ahead and pick up two posts - rather than only one - so they'd look alike. God knows - we can always find something to do with posts around here. Anyway - the trip turned out to be like a Rockwell scene.
First thing anyone said when he walked inside was, "Care ta' have some lunch with us?"
Old building - old - really old equipment - folks gathered around an old table and sittin' on whatever's flat enough to sit upon and in sight - having homemade sandwiches and sides! And the first thing on their mind when a first-time customer walks inside is - sharing their lunch with a newcomer.
THAT is what we love about living in East Tennessee more than anything else! Dwayne wasn't hungry - turned it down - but thanked them just as much as if he had gone ahead and taken 'em up on their offer.
And among the need for sharing all those details with me after he got back home - he made me go out and look at the posts. "They've got some really, really old equipment. But they must have one really good saw. Look how square and straight those things are!"
It was a great experience for Dwayne! Good people doing fair business with their customers. He would have paid at least thirty-percent more for lesser quality - had he gone to one of the chains. In times like these - we'd rather do business with all our local folks.
So - here he is - out on the back porch putting the sander to the posts. They won't be sanded down completely smooth. He's leaving a little there for character.
I hope it makes him think about the folks at that sawmill every time he looks at them inside the house.
I think it'll make him smile - quite often!