First Accumulating Snowfall this Winter

I was really hoping for no snow accumulation this Winter; especially during the work, school week.  I was looking forward to getting out of school on May 16, but now that is not going to happen; it could be a day or two later now.  A day or two will not hurt.

It is best when that snow fall starts accumulating that the buses stay off the road.  It is safer for the students on the bus, the drivers, and for the schools.  I was thankful that they called me plenty early this morning to inform me by their automated School Reach system.  It is a system which notifies all the drivers, students and teachers at the same time; or near it anyway.  I received my call at 4:35 a.m.  I usually leave around 5:25 when I am riding with another driver into the bus garage.

This is our first measurable snowfall for 2012 Winter.  It is the first school day cancelled due to weather; and I  hope the last.  But who knows about tomorrow.

The snow sure is pretty, covering all the ugly of the  yard, and putting some niceties to the forms of trees.  I still do not like Winter, cold or snow, but I can enjoy it; and be thankful and appreciative of it.

Just sit back, if you can, stay warm and praise the Lord for His beauty.

-Tim

Coldest Day This Winter

When I got up this morning it was 3 degrees outside.  I am thankful that it was not that cold inside.  Whew!  What a mess that would be.  It has dropped a bit since then, though.  It is now 1 degree, and it says “falling”.

This is exactly why Winter is not my favorite time of year.  I like heat.  It seems when I am cold that I cannot get warm enough.  It may be all that blood pressure medicine or some medicine I take; but really I have never been real fond of the cold weather.

Winter is part of the seasons of earth, and I can readily, willingly and thankfully accept that.  I am ready for Spring and Summer.  Please no more of these extreme cold temps.

Thank the LORD for the heat; and the part the cold plays in our world.

-Tim

Yesterday’s Vote

Yesterday February 07, 2012, was a voting day in Missouri.  In Barry County we had to items on the agenda.  One was for Presidential candidates, choosing whether you wanted a Democrat ballot, or Republican ballot.  I am not particularly fond of either party right now; but I did choose the Republican ballot and voted for Rick Santorum.

Another thing on our ballot was for a 911 tax.  It recently failed.  That was back in November by a very slim margin.  I think the leaders of our 911 system have stuck it to the people of the area,  saying they needed the funding, when they have operated since that time without a hitch.  Many agencies need to learn to cut back on foolishness in spending.  That is true in Barry County too.  My vote on this initiative was “No!” for the tax.  However, it passed; and I understand by a 2 to 1 margin.  The majority has spoken; now we all will pay for it.  Now they will probably come back in a couple to five years and ask for more.

Let’s get real though.  In our present economy is it the right thing to do to increase taxes?  Never.  The idea would be to promote economic growth; and with that tax revenues will increase.  So much for stimulating the economy.  Remember Winston Churchill’s quote;

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” — Winston Churchill

Enough said here along the banks of Flat Creek.

-Tim