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Week 9: August 10, 2001
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Adrienne Clune
  Adrienne Clune in front of her cabin. Read her profile.

Update from the field:
Micah Fink, Field Producer


Life on the frontier involves strict economy, says Adrienne Clune. She carefully saves every scrap of brown paper and every bit of cord from store packages. Writing paper is scarce and expensive, and a few letters have even been written on the narrow backs of labels carefully peeled from used tin cans. And while losses are unavoidable, they are deeply frustrating.

She had exactly 12 sewing needles when she arrived on the frontier three months ago, but her daughter and niece -- both avid seamstresses -- have managed to lose every single one -- even the needle Adrienne had carefully secreted away in the cupboard. Now she must wait until the next trip to the store -- nearly a month away -- before she can sew another button or work on the new skirt she had hoped to make for herself. And then there was the time the girls made dinner and used up the entire month's supply of

 


"[A] few letters have even been written on the narrow backs of labels carefully peeled from used tin cans."
-- Micah Fink, Field Producer


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Adrienne goes down to the stream for water. Read her profile.
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Adrienne Clune talks about why she's always busy.


The Way it was


cheese. Oh, teenagers!

Adrienne's day revolves around a seemingly endless cycle of cooking and cleaning for her six-member family, she says. Initially, she had dreamed about romantic walks in the woods and horseback rides with her husband, but even spending an hour reading a book seems like an impossibility when there are so many tasks to complete just to keep the family fed and the household functioning.





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