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We are more than halfway through winter and it’s in the top 20

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 3:49 p.m. CDT

The calendar says we are only 35 days away from spring. We have 53 days of winter behind us! I’m a little worried that darn groundhog may be right and we may get the full six weeks or more of winter before we get true spring.

You know it’s been a tough winter when people think a 20 degree day is a heat wave.

A local weatherperson was talking that — so far this winter — it is one of the top 20 coldest ever. They’ve been keeping track for 120 years, so it’s a doozy!

The only problem with this winter is that the amount of moisture we’re getting is not very good for our farm friends. We’re going to have to be praying to the rain gods pretty hard if we are going to get these ponds filled back up for the summertime.

Olympics

The Winter Olympics are under way. It will be interesting to see if the Russians can pull off the event without one of their “friends” blowing something/someone up at one of the venues.

I read where there are still plenty of tickets for many of the events. I would bet the Olympic committee is beginning to wonder what they got themselves into by picking Russia. It sounds like all the corruption that went on in building the venues may come back to haunt them.

Valentine’s Day

We are only a day away from Valentine’s Day. It should be a big weekend with the event being on a Friday. I always send flowers. I don’t think there is any way to go wrong with flowers, unless your sweetheart is allergic to them! Since I’m the cook at our household, going out to eat is nice, but doesn’t save a lot of time.

Beatles

Last weekend I enjoyed the 50th anniversary of the Beatles to America special on CBS.

They were on the Ed Sullivan Show back on Feb. 9, 1964. For those of you that were not born yet, Ed Sullivan was the top variety show of its time. The show had a lot of great current musicians playing a number of the Beatles songs. Plus, it was great to see Paul and Ringo playing side by side again. I see the broadcast is being shown again a couple of times coming up.

Comedy

The annual city parks comedy night is Feb. 22. Tickets for the smoked prime rib meal and two top notch comedians is only $25. They are available at the Creston News Advertiser. Don’t wait too long, it usually sells out. It’s something fun to do on a cold Iowa evening. Plus, you help out the City of Creston Parks Department.

Presidents Day

Monday is Presidents Day. The annual holiday celebrates the birthdays of Abe Lincoln and George Washington. Although they are on the 12th and 22nd respectively, the federal folks have the day off while most of the rest of us are working. Abe Lincoln would be 205 this year and George would be 282!

Farm bill

I see after two years of haggling, the folks in Washington have finally passed a farm bill. The bill is almost double what it was five years ago. Of course, the food stamp program makes up 80 percent of the bill.

Most of the rest goes to the large farmers with 10 percent of the farmers getting 70 percent of the money. The sad thing is they took 1 percent off the food stamp program that has more than doubled over the past five years.

CBO

The Congressional Budget Office — the non-political wing of government — just released its report to Congress on its thoughts on where the budget is going if current trends are kept intact. It’s not a pretty picture. It projects that the national debt will be more than $27 trillion by 2014. That is more than $300,000 for every man woman and child in the USA. Ouch!

Thought for the week: “Whether you think that you can, or that your can’t, you are usually right.” — Henry Ford

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