Thursday, January 14, 2016


                                      Frank Lane

     Today is projected to be the last nice day for a while and I am at the point in my life that I begin to see the advantages of being in Tucson in the winter.  We have been very fortunate here on the hill this year.  We had one brief icy stretch and that is when the generator decided it was a great time to throw a bearing through the pan.
     If you want the definition of nervous have the weather people start flaking out about one of the worst snow storms in history.  So bad no weatherman could agree on the path it would take and who would get hit the hardest.  And have the electric contractor say the new generator has been shipped but we don't know where it is.
     I am sorry that Oklahoma and Texas got nailed so hard but I am also sorry I cannot wipe the grin off my face about the weather staying south.  It has been a wild year for weather around the nation but we have had it pretty good so far.
     Now that the generator has been found and is installed we relax a bit.  But I have to say that my favorite part of winter is when it ends.  When I was younger (and dumber) I used to enjoy getting out in the snow with the four wheel drive.  Not anymore.
     We always say cavalierly that in Kansas 'if you don't like the weather just wait'.  I am getting pretty good at waiting.  It gives me time to catch up on my reading.  And I am making progress on my new book.  And it lets my mind wander on the pressing issues of the day.  And when you are opinionated that is a good thing.
     With the nicer weather the wild things have been more active.  The other morning we had nine deer walk past the house.  Yesterday there was a big old dog coyote messing around east of us.  At breakfast this morning there were two coyotes fooling around south of us.  The snow geese made it in and are ready to head back north.  We have thousands of geese that stay around us in the winter.
     So those who don't see the little things out of their window freak out about climate change, we say well wait it will change again.  Always has.

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