From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Happenings in the night

Slick roads


The rain of yesterday afternoon changed to snow when night fell. The ground was still warm enough to melt most of the flakes as they fell, so the snow didn't accumulate much. Isaac was hoping that the roads would be icy or that we'd get enough snow for school to be cancelled. But school in Christian County was "in session and on time" this morning.

Pyracantha on the north side of the house
Dennis went to work in the wee hours of the morning. He called about 6:30 to say, "Careful!" He said that he came across a few slick spots while driving to Fort Campbell.

South of Pembroke, he met a man walking toward him on the highway. He thought that was odd, but he didn't stop because he was going in the opposite direction of the walker.

Down the road a little farther, he saw blipping lights that turned out to be a volunteer fireman's pickup truck, stopped along the road. The good fireman (God bless him and all his kind!) was checking a car that had gone in the ditch.

Dennis stopped and told the fireman that he had met a man walking and that the man did not appear to be hurt. The fireman got out his cell phone to call the highway patrol, and Dennis went on to work.

All of that happened in the middle of the night while most of us were asleep. I didn't even have a bad dream, but that guy who was walking down the road probably thought he was having a nightmare.

This morning, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. It stayed cold all day, and it's cold tonight. The snow that stuck last night is still here. Tomorrow afternoon we're supposed to get another wet snow. The ground is cold now, so the new snow probably won't melt. I hope it doesn't get icy because Keely is supposed to come home on Saturday.

The neighbor's new fence. You can see we didn't get much snow!

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