We who live in the city limits of Hillsboro and Marion have a lot to be thankful for in regard to the power outages that began in this area following the ice storms of last week.
Marion had about an hour of no power and Hillsboro had about nine hours of darkness after the power went out at 5 p.m. Although I personally only had about three hours without power because I went to bed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. When I woke up at 4 a.m. the next day, the power was back on.
Many of our rural friends are still without power. They may be a little more resourceful than we city dwellers, as that is demonstrated by them living in the country in the first place.
We feel bad for our Lehigh friends who weren’t able to light their new Christmas lights this past Sunday after their good fortune of receiving lights and money for electrical work. If they can’t make it happen this year, the celebration next year will be even more meaningful.
When I saw the light poles that were snapped off and lying in the fields along the highway, I wondered how something like that could happen.
Then I visualized myself standing with a big, heavy chain (representing a high line with ice on it) attached to my head, then someone swinging the chain back and forth (representing the wind swaying the lines) and before long I was twisting around until I fell down.
This past Saturday, Nancy handed me a box and asked me to take it to the post office and mail it. No problem. I took it down there and mailed it.
When I came back she asked me how much it cost to send it. I mentioned it was about $6 with insurance.
“Insurance?” she asked. Yes, I insured it for $50, thinking it was a few little gifts for our grandkids. I found out I insured a little tin of peppernuts, and not for the kids.
I’m sort of hoping the postal service loses the package so we can collect the money.
We can add another skill to the resume of former Free Press staffer Laura Campbell in addition to “do it all” at the newspaper. She is also “wedding planner.” We witnessed her marriage to Josh Rhoades in Newton last Saturday. Congratulations and best wishes to both.
I think this is an interesting tidbit: We have 40 people who contribute to the Free Press operations in one way or another and no two people have the same first name.
Ice and snow reared an ugly head at our house on Saturday.
I had set the DVR to record the KU-Ohio game on Saturday afternoon. When we got back home that night to watch it, I discovered the event didn’t get recorded. In fact, we didn’t have a signal.
So I looked at the receiver and saw a big glob of ice and snow smack dab in the middle of it, blocking the signal.
Did you know that in a can of Campbell’s noodle soup there are 216 noodles that would measure 32 feet if placed end to end?
I know of someone without power who stepped out on the back patio to fire up his generator early one morning last week and accidentally locked himself out of the house with no keys to get back in.
He found some old weights in a shed in the backyard, and used them to break off the doorknob to get back in.