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Disaster Preparation Special Newsletter

Click here to access our Special Disaster Preparation Newsletter. In light of recent storm activities in Western Nebraska and around the country, it is more important than ever that we prepare in advance for the “what if”.  Make time to read and to act upon the information contained in this special edition. Learn all this and more: What you need to prepare in advance Why you need a Home Inventory and how to compile one What documents to protect What a “Go Bag” is and what “goes” in it How to prepare for disaster survival if you own a pet How[…]

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Dragons, Hobbits & Center Pivots

Water glistened in the sunlight creating tiny little rainbows across the farmer’s field. Birds were flying in the sky. The air was crisp and fresh. It was a very peaceful scene and the woman was thankful for the agricultural sights that made the Western Nebraska drive pleasant. All of a sudden the grinding of machinery broke into her peaceful revelry. What’s this?! In a nearby field, a center pivot was reversing direction and speeding up! She watched in horror as the enormous sprinkler changed its direction, and began hurtling across the field the wrong way toward other machinery and equipment in its path. She had a fleeting vision of[…]

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Rabbits, Watches, & the Missing “S”

Twice a year (at least) I get so confused….I never know what time it is and I always feel just like the White Rabbit — I’m Late, I’m Late!  I thought this “Jump Forward, Fall Back” stuff mandated through Daylight Saving Time was meant to help us, not throw us into a tizzy so we run about frantically glancing at our watches just like our furry white friend. And while we are on the subject of craziness, isn’t the word supposed to be Daylight Savings Time? Where the heck is the “s”? Dare I digress into an English lesson….oh yes, let’s![…]

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3.4 ounces and a Javelin

The fair skinned, red-headed woman stood obediently in the airline security checkpoint line, inching forward with the throng of other travellers at a breathtaking speed comparable to that of a herd of turtles. They were progressing forward toward the greatly anticipated  and highly coveted honor of having themselves scrutinized by total strangers. What would the modus operandi be today…..  a “whole body X-ray scan” or perhaps the exhilarating “puff” machine that is supposed to analyze the particles it blows loose for potential threats. The woman could hardly contain her anticipation! Only time would tell. She ran through her mental checklist as she approached the[…]

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Deer in the Headlights (or Window as the Case May Be)

Sunglasses….Check! Cruise control….Check! Awesome tunes on the satellite radio…Check! Satisfied that the pre-trip checklist had been adequately completed, the woman pulled onto the highway and prepared to enjoy the rest of her trip. It was a gorgeous day, dry roads, very little wind and not too much traffic. After several hours, she’d settled into a groove and was cruising right along, belting out the chorus of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page”…..Here I am….on the road again…. when all of a sudden, BAM! SQUWEEEEEEEEEEE! The woman blinked. No way! That didn’t just happen! She had been attacked by a sideswiping deer who had[…]

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The Smoke Detector Strikes Again!

We all know that we should have smoke detectors somewhere in our houses and offices and anyplace where we are staying. And to be on the safe side you should check them regularly to be sure that they are still in working condition. Most smoke detectors have a button on them that you push and the shrill alarm goes “beep”, just to make sure they are working properly. My mom uses a much simpler way to check them. She cooks! Now, she’s not a bad cook, in fact she has always amazed me with “a dash of this” and a[…]

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To Wear White or Not to Wear White….That is the Question

The woman stood in front of her closet with a pained look upon her face staring at the shelves and racks of clothing. Some days, this was the most difficult decision she faced all day — what to wear! Thank-goodness for some simple guidelines that aid in this process: 1)  Pajamas should not be worn in public – While this trend seems to be all the rage (have you been to a Walmart lately?), PJ’s are for lounging, sleeping, and that’s about it. 2)  Underwear should be under your clothing – (duh) It is an oxymoron to have under garments not[…]

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Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet?”…..”Are we there yet?”…..”He’s touching me!”….”She’s looking at me!”….”I have to go potty, NOW!”…..”Are we there yet?”….. Ahhh, the endearing sounds that sweetly dance upon the airwaves from the back seat and are a rite of passage handed down from generation to generation of  family travelers for the sole purpose of allowing the younger generation to totally and completely annoy the older generation.  Admit it, we’ve ALL said those words at some point in our lives so who can begrudge our own angelic offspring the opportunity to participate in the same right of passage? And you have to admit that we have[…]

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Graduation on the Face of the Sun!

The woman scanned the arena. Three thousand (or so) students were sitting below her, anxiously awaiting their graduation diplomas. She craned her neck and strained her eyes looking for the one student she was there to see.  Her dear friend was being awarded her PhD today and the woman was not about to get distracted from the presentation….but good grief it was hot in Arizona as the sweat trickled down her forehead….it was July after all.  In the immortal words of Matthew Broderick, “it’s like Africa hot”!  Now, the woman had never been to Africa but she was pretty darn sure that Arizona was at least[…]

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Bugs, Dust, and Flat Screen TV’s

Rrrrrrrrraawwwwwrr!  Rummmmmbbble! Rattle.  Clank! Aaaaachooo!  Sniffle. Sniffle. Buzzzzz.  Buzzzzz. Slap! The woman squinted into the sun that was already streaming in as she rolled over in bed and looked at her watch. 5:07 AM. Seriously? 5:07 AM, on VACATION for Pete’s sake? And then she remembered. This was NOT a vacation in a 5 star hotel (not that she had been to a 5 star hotel but a girl could dream!). No, this was a CAMPING vacation. A camping vacation complete with trains that rattled and roared past the campground all day and night. Complete with dust and allergies, itchy eyes[…]

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