VBC Video
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Monday, July 28th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 154 | 155 | 156 | 157 | 158 | > | >>

Township Roads: Spring Fever


Sat, Apr 5th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

By Wayne Pike

Another beautiful day. It is just barely spring, but todayís weather was a complete relief from winter and an introduction to what we might hope is seven straight months of comfortable weather. Although we have had a mild winter, it seems that I have come down with a severe case of spring fever anyway. Of course, I know that the remains of April bring extremes of all kinds to pick us up and then whack us down. Spring is that way and it is to be expected. The warm day today will be offset by a cooler day tomorrow and possibly even a wicked south wind. We make our plans with the idea of going outdoors in short sleeves and end up wearing sweatshirts and insulated coveralls. I think one of the meanest spring tricks is daylight savings time. This spring ahead and fall back business seems to get harder to adjust to every year. I wish we would just change the time by a half-hour either way and let it be. Lately, I have been waking up with the sun in my eyes at six a.m. I feel pretty good just then and I often go back to sleep for a few minutes before I get up to start the day. When daylight time comes, the sun wonít be in my eyes until seven. I wonít have time to get my first nap of the day before I get up. It usually takes a few weeks to accustom myself to the new time. Going to bed earlier would solve the problem, but daylight time is designed to make us go to bed later, and I donít seem to have any problem with that.I was raking leaves tonight after work. Our yard is full of maple, ash and box elder trees. We collect some pretty big leaf piles up against the fences. We are fortunate that the wind blows most of our leaves away into the fields on either side of us. The neighbors donít care about a few pounds of tree leaves that amount to almost nothing in the great scheme of agricultural production. However, those same few pounds of leaves on our lawn stubbornly bunch up in one place and kill the grass. I rake the leaves and burn them. Then the grass grows as it should and creates more trouble because then we feel that we need to mow. One thing just leads to another. We wouldnít have to mow our grass, but we have a mower, gas is cheap and we donít have anything better to do. Right.I enjoy burning the brush piles that accumulate from our firewood-making escapades during the winter. A mountain of limbs as big as a house will disappear into a wheelbarrow full of ashes ov .....
[Read the Rest]

At Home in the Woods: Rueben's house

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The iron gate wasn't there when we moved to the Big Woods in 1978. The present owners installed it years ago, although it seems like only yesterday that I walked up the gateless driveway past the metal mailbox stand (still standing, but in disrepair) ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Iíve been in speech since seventh grade, and I enjoy it tremendously. I have the fortune to have advanced to state last year, and Iíve competed at the Section competition in three separate years. This year is my last. For this article Iíve sketched o ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Township Roads: Just the thought of it

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I have often said that it isnít the sight of my own blood that bothers me as much as it is the thought of the sight of my own blood. I donít know when this aversion to thinking about my blood started and I donít want to dwell on it too much. Even wri ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The Commute: Telling stories

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I canít really say that I developed my love of stories as a child. I donít remember any gifted storytellers in my family, although we did talk a lot.

In fact, the term "telling stories" had a negative connotationĖ"Quit telling s ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 154 | 155 | 156 | 157 | 158 | > | >>