Winter Zoo Trip

Sky Tram Tickets It was warm for February in Nebraska, 15 degrees with hopes of reaching the high 20's. That was balmy compared to the previous two days and predictions for the next week. So, we bundled up and went to the zoo. There are plenty of inside exhibits at the Henry Doorly Zoo, like … Continue reading Winter Zoo Trip

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Winter Storm

Nebraska Winter As predicted a powerful snowstorm hit Nebraska Saturday night; 8-10" of snow with winds gusting 40-50 mph. Thankfully, we have a calm sunny day to dig out. Uggh! Using the words of the Nebraska State Tourism Board's latest slogan: "Nebraska, it's not for everyone."

Umbrellas

Umbrellas - Cape Cod Nebraska's winter has been the worst in a long time. January was bitter cold with light snow, now two heavy snowfalls in the last five days and another heavy snowstorm on the horizon. I thought this picture might cheer things up. Nothing special about the photo itself; I just like the … Continue reading Umbrellas

Ameritrade Park

Less than six months until the College World Series -- "The Greatest Show on Dirt".  That's the name of this sculpture that sits outside the front entrance to Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.  This tournament has been held in Omaha since 1950. Maybe this winter won't last forever, but we need something to look forward … Continue reading Ameritrade Park

Summer’s End

Hey!  Where'd everybody go?  It's only mid-September, and I haven't seen a soul for weeks.  I'm hanging here, limp and lifeless, all by myself without anyone to keep me company, not even an occasional rattle from the cottonwood leaves. I have a feeling that I'd better get ready for nine months of loneliness.  I'll hang … Continue reading Summer’s End

Nature’s Humor

After the crocus, daffodil and tulips poke through the ground spearheading the invasion of Spring, other plants are quick to follow suit. Slow at first, but momentum builds fast as Spring sheds its dark and gloomy shroud of Winter. Before long there is a vertical stampede of growth.  Everything is popping up providing a noticeable daily change in contour of … Continue reading Nature’s Humor

Sanibel Island, Florida

On the day I returned from Sanibel Island, Florida, the ground hog saw his shadow, which means we have six more weeks of winter.   Ugh!   Last night we had 3-4" of snow, which we badly needed, but I could sure do without the high winds and single digit temps. While processing photos from … Continue reading Sanibel Island, Florida

Going Home

I just returned from a week in Florida; I got home Saturday night, but my luggage didn't arrive until the next day.  Yeah, I found it in the snow the next morning. Sanibel Island is a gorgeous place this time of year, with sunny skies, tropical plants, and wind chill in the 80's.  My suitcase … Continue reading Going Home

15 Below Zero!

Sunlight piercing through the gap in the hotel drapes woke me up.  The sun had just broken through the low clouds and lit up the beach, it was 82 degrees with a soft breeze. Getting dressed was easy: cargo shorts, Hawaiian shirt, flip flops and my floppy hat--total elapsed time of 13.5 seconds and I … Continue reading 15 Below Zero!

Watermelon Man

Sorry about the late posting of this blog; I was snowed in yesterday and couldn't reach my typewriter in the barn.  You know how those Midwest blizzards are, you can't see the barn from the house and won't find your way back without a rope.  So, I called room service for the livestock, rolled over … Continue reading Watermelon Man

Another Day

Two days ago it was another balmy day in the midwest, with unseasonably warm weather and no moisture in sight.   Just three nights ago, I took this same shot, click Christmas Traditions 3, and the lawn was still green. What a difference a day makes!  Last night, Mother Nature blessed us with over 8" of … Continue reading Another Day

First Sleigh Ride

Finally enough snow to go sledding.  Time to get the old wooden sled with steel runners down from the garage rafters, sand the rust off the runners and wax them down with a block of paraffin. I don't remember the first time I went sledding, but I remember the first time I went sledding with … Continue reading First Sleigh Ride

Modern Manger?

What did the Bethlehem manger scene really look like?  I've seen it depicted in many ways, from a cold stark cave to a well-furnished stable with individual pens for the livestock.  History tells us that many households, depending on economic status, shared living quarters with their livestock.  So, let your imagination be your guide. It … Continue reading Modern Manger?

Ice Doily

Doilies are a thing of the past.  You know, those white, hand-made, crocheted or knitted pieces that were about the size of a woman's handkerchief, looked like a spider web and were under every lamp or vase in your grandmother's house.  Sometimes they were on the arms of sofas and chairs, or even on the … Continue reading Ice Doily

First Snow

The first snow of the year came yesterday.   Ugggh.  Geez, do we really need four seasons to make the calendar complete?  The first snow wasn't just a preview either, not a dusting, not a warning of things to come.   No, it was the whole enchilada, 4-6" of wet, heavy snow for the first … Continue reading First Snow

High Wire Act

Geez, we're barely passed Ground Hog's Day and I'm itching to get outside.   I've forgotten what green looks like, everything is white or some shade of dirty snow.  Its been cold for so long, even the icicles are drooping with boredom. Thought for the day:  There's one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn … Continue reading High Wire Act