Clemantis We are barely three weeks into the winter season and I'm sick of it already. Three measurable snow falls and three days of single digit temps was a brutal wake-up call. The fields are brown, the trees are bare, the nights are long, the fireplace broken in, the garden a distant memory, the bird … Continue reading Clemantis
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
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 - 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
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
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
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
In the middle of winter, when its below zero outside, and you haven't seen the sun in days, you pine for warmer weather and try to remember fun at the beach. Thought for the Day: What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. … Continue reading Swim Shoes
It's Valentine's Day in the Midwest, it's cold, it's freezing, the lakes are frozen, the sky is overcast, the temperature is 22, and the wind is gusting to 30 mph. So, what do you do for fun? You pay $50 to jump into the ice water to benefit the Special Olympics. This band of dare-devil … Continue reading Polar Plunge
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
If you read yesterday's post, you either got eye strain or you fell asleep before you finished the second paragraph. So, I'll try to make up for it today. Ground Hog's Day, where Punxsutawney Phil, world famous ground hog that lives in Gobbler's Nob, PA, comes out of his den to check the weather. As legend … Continue reading Ground Hog’s Day