Our north-end-of-the-county source for news is online only. It’s a non-paper newspaper. I don’t know what the proper term of art is that doesn’t sound awkward. Is it a daily newszine? I’m just going to call it an online newspaper, since that’s what they call themselves. Anyway, NorthEscambia.com is terrific: just what a small town daily ought to be. They cover school sports, graduations, FFA and cheerleader projects, local soldiers, gardening news from the county extension service, and quite often scoop the downtown newspaper on hard news stories.
I check it out first thing each morning. Today’s big weather news is that a cold (but not cool) front is coming, with the first stretch of sunny, dry days we have seen in months. Sure enough, when Lou and I headed to the gate at 6:45 to pick up the Sunday Pensacola News Journal, I didn’t immediately break out into a sweat or feel like I was swimming in a steam bath. In short, it was great.
Among the beneficiaries of this extended monsoon-like weather we’ve experienced for the past two months are flowering and fruiting vines, like the morning glories and scuppernongs. I’ve never seen these southern fox grapes more lusty, with shiny leaves and swelling fruit.
I’ll have to be quick to get even one ripe grape to beat out the deer and other critters , much less to gather enough for a glass of muscadine wine. I’ve never been one for sweet wines, anyway. But I remember Lois would get a certain light in her eyes when muscadine wine was mentioned in conversation. I’m pretty sure there was a story there, but it’s one that got away. She was 81 by then, and had learned to keep some things secret.