Sneek peek around the block

By: 
Wade Young, wade@montgomerymnnews.com

For years, I have written an editorial/opinion column that is on this page.

This week, I need to write another one, but I have a severe case of writer’s block.

Oh! I don’t have a problem covering a meeting, sporting event, or a story about an event at the Arts & Heritage Center. That’s easy. I take notes, follow-up with questions, create an outline, and voilà - a story!

No, the block comes up when I have to write about something personal, or something interesting that I’ve done. The problem is, I never do interesting things.

I’m boring.

Yes, I enjoy going out to dinner. I love to putz in the garden or in the house. I have several things on my “Honey, do” list, which will get done. I have a ceiling fan to install, weeds to pull in the garden, a garage to clean, an armoire to move, garbage cans to clean out, and forms to fill out for back to school.

I trimmed our cats’ nails last weekend.

Have I lost you yet?

Bonnie and I went to the Twin Cities Farmers’ Market and I canned tomatoes and pickles. I’m up to nine quarts of pickles, and 16 quarts of tomatoes. This is in addition to approximately 20 quarts leftover from last year.

That’s still not interesting - at least to me.

Next week is the return to “normal” school, and I couldn’t be happier. I have been waiting for this month since March, 2020. Even Mecca, now a junior, is happy about going back. I guess online or hybrid learning was not his thing. Afterall, it’s more fun to see your friends in person than through a tiny computer screen.

However, my back to school happiness is not interesting.

Are you still with me?

If I still have your attention, I’ll get around this writer’s block by giving you a sneak peek at some of the stories we’re working on for next week’s issue. I interviewed the fire department about some new gear they just purchased. It looks great, is lighter, more functional and a different color than what they’ve worn.

Lisa is working on a fun story we hope to present in a unique fashion about Luella Schleis’ very, very tall tomato plant.

We’ll also have some county fair results, and hopefully some from the State Fair. I will also have photos of the new teachers at Tri-City United Schools.

Another peek around the block includes stories on the police department’s new body cameras, information on the Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Celebration on September 11, and Heidelberg Day on September 12. Don’t forget the Montgomery Library will have its Book Sale starting September 11.

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