Cold is coming

Monday, January 28, 2019

This morning, it is 41ºF (5C), and cloudy.  They tell us that rain is coming today, and snow tonight.  But the biggest thing they are telling us is that bitter cold will arrive tomorrow night, and run through Thursday.  We are being warned of below zero temps on Wednesday.  It seems as if the folks on the local news or even the Weather Channel get really jazzed up by bringing sensational news.  Winter Storm Jaden has arrived in the upper Midwest, and it is on its way here.  Yes, it will be quite cold, but with all the warnings coming across the airwaves, you’d think we have never seen cold before.  Sure, we will take extra care when we are out, and we’ll even open up the cabinet doors under the sink.   But is it appropriate to be so dramatic about the forecast?  No, it’s not the end of the world… it’s winter in the Midwest.

We had a little snow Saturday evening.  It was pretty on the trees and blanketing the ground, but it did not stick on the paved county or state roads.  It’s gone today with the warmer temperatures.

Driving out the lane on Saturday evening.

There is not a lot going on this week, just some bin-sweeping in soybean bins.  It’s not the most fun job, usually kinda dusty, with some shovel work — cleaning up behind the sweep auger.  It’s another milestone during the winter months when we clean out grain bins.  Work will pick up again next week, as grain deliveries resume.  Bin number 1A got checked off the list today.  Mark it “MT” (empty).

Brandon has had the Vision truck in the shop for a couple days, polishing the chrome, and making it look ‘like new’.

The Vision has received some intensive polishing.

Tomorrow, the girls’ HS basketball tournament starts.  It is the first week of play, called ‘sectionals’ in Indiana.  We have 4 size classes of schools, and our school, South Knox, is in class 2A, (1A is the smallest school class).  The games will occur on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, with sectional champs crowned Saturday evening.  Those teams will move on to ‘regional’  day on Feb 9.  Those winners meet up in semi-state on Feb 16, with the State Finals on February 23 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.    A very similar format occurs for the boys’ state tourney in March.  It’s a hot topic of conversation around the state of Indiana for the next 8 weeks!   Our girls’ team was the sectional champ in 2017, but it will be difficult to win the title and move on to regional this year.  Two other schools are ranked in the top 10 of 2A, making ours one of the most difficult sectionals this year.  But we wish them all the best, and we’ve won it before as an underdog!

We were quite pleased with the week’s results of Boilermaker basketball.  We enjoyed two wins, one at Ohio State, and the other at home against Michigan State.  I’m hoping this will help Purdue move back into the rankings.  The Boilermakers ran out to a 23-point advantage over MSU, but Sparty came back to make it a little nerve-wracking.  Still, the Boilers held on and won by 10!  It was a pleasure to see both games, and we did not experience the DirecTV trouble that marred our experience of the Indiana at Purdue game on the 19th.   It would have been so much fun to have been in Mackey Arena for the IU or the MSU game.  We have tickets for the Nebraska game on the 9th.  It will be great to be there and cheer the Boilermakers on!

Be careful out there with the colder days and nights this week.

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