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By Jerry Nine

(Feb. 27)--Our area received snow starting Sunday night and it snowed through Monday. We received a lot of variation depending on where you were. Where we live we received 12 to 14 inches. If you went southeast of Woodward, they received an inch of rain and then 20 inches of snow. Whatever the case, it was some very much-needed moisture. On Monday the wind did blow hard with this ole farmer (myself) guessing 40 to 50 miles per hour. It seemed like it blew about half as fast as I see my kids drive by. I was thankful that it did not keep snowing on Tuesday and that the wind did not blow also. Plus the temperature did not get that low. One ole cowboy said it only got down to 25 degrees. Thus on Tuesday the cattle looked a lot better than I expected. We took the dozer in front of the feed pickup. And as I tried several dumb ideas at various times, he was there to pull me out and clear a path.

Around here we really do not need a weatherman because we have all kinds of expert farmers and coffee shop drinkers who are always willing to share their expertise. Starting on Sunday my brother-in-law said, "Get ready. It is supposed to snow 14 inches and the wind blow 40 to 50 miles per hour." I hate to give him that much credit of being right. Then soon another man said, "15 to 16 inches and the wind will blow 50 mph." Then a gal who works at the sale called and said, "We are supposed to get 18 inches of snow and the wind blow 60 mph." Right then and there I decided to shut my phone off.

I know one thing--it doesn't take me long to get cabin fever and need to get out of the house. And heck, I'm not even married.

I'm not exactly the smartest cookie in the jar but the other day at the coffee shop one lady was talking about this 98-year-old woman that they took to the hospital. I hadn't heard anything about her in a long time. My response was, "Oh, is she still alive?" They responded by saying sarcastically, "No, but we took her to the hospital anyway."

One of the waitresses at the sale barn had told one of the cattle buyers that she thought he was losing weight. So he very proudly was telling several of us eating in the cafe after the sale that the waitress had told him she thought his stomach was getting smaller and that he had lost some weight. Another cattle buyer responded by saying, "Did it ever dawn on you that she is working for tips?" His pride wilted very fast.

Date: 3/4/2013


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