If any of you who are reading this happen to be family members, you may want to check out http://www.whiddenfarm.com/genealogy/. Jesse has utilized some web-based genealogy software to allow us to record family ancestry on a secure site. When you get to the site, you can request permission to login and Jesse will respond via e-mail. We have quite a bit up on the site already and once you login you can begin adding information about your own immediate family as well as take a look at our ancestors for many generations back. I tried it out yesterday and was able to maneuver around the site easily.
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One of my extracurricular duties is to run the school concession stand at every football, volleyball and basketball game. Of course, students also work at the concession stand as does my husband, who is mostly in charge of the popcorn popper. I was very surprised when the following review came out in Lincoln Arneal’s sports column yesterday in the Columbus Telegram as one of the Items of the Week: “Working Halftime: St. Edward concession stand. One way to make an average concession stand into a great one is to have one crock pot of chili and another of nacho cheese and adding those toppings onto hot dogs and nachos. Props to the St. Edward stand for offering those selections plus some great popcorn.” Can you guess where I was when I heard about the press coverage last night? You guessed it, of course… the concession stand!!!
A friend sent me this link http://www.extremeinstability.com/06-12-31.htm to some absolutely amazing photographs of the recent ice storm that devastated much of Nebraska a couple of weeks ago. These photos seem to be mostly in the south central part of the state where some are still without electrical power two weeks later. Incredible!
Even though we were only without power for five days, that was enough. More than one person asked us if it wasn’t sort of fun to “rough” it without power for those days. Ummmm… the answer was a resounding no. It just was not a word that came to my mind to describe it. It’s one thing to make the best of a bad situation, but I doubt that those who are still without power would describe the last two weeks as fun. Going fishing is fun, riding a motorcycle is fun, being with family is fun, sometimes even grading papers can be fun! Living in a cold house with no water, tv, or lights is not fun. If you ask a farmer, he would probably tell you that trying to care for livestock without water and other electrically-powered equipment is not much fun either.
You may have heard about the ice storm that hit our state on Saturday, December 30. A cold, icy rain came down for several hours and temperatures hovering around the lower 30′s allowed 2-4 inches of ice to coat everything it landed on. Unfortunately, that included our electrical lines which, in turn, caused big electrical poles to snap off and drop the wires to the ground. When our power went out on Saturday night, we joined the approximately 29,000 homes across the state who lost power due to the storm. It was just restored a few hours ago today (Wednesday). It wasn’t fun, but we survived without heat, television, running water, refrigeration, and all the other conveniences we take for granted that depend on electrical power. With the generosity of good friends and neighbors we were still able to shower, wash clothes, water the livestock, celebrate New Year’s Eve, and watch the Cotton Bowl. We even took some time a couple of days ago to take some photos of some icy spectacles we hope we don’t see again for quite some time. Still, we were very, very glad when repairs were made and the lights and heat came back on this afternoon!