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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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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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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Attack of the Huge Green Monster

Bang! Bang! Bang! (loud expletive)….hammer, hammer, (very exuberant expletive) ….grunt, saw, saw, saw. (double expletive….) What do you mean I measured once and cut twice and it’s still too short???  To anyone who has ever remodeled their house and lived to tell about  it, I salute you!  Doing it yourself is certainly something to be proud of but how does a simple project end up turning into a huge green monster?  Many years ago the idea of adding  a “small” glass sun room on the back of our house (drawn meticulously on a napkin of course)  turned into a less[…]

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Hail and other Havoc

Reporting Claims: Due to the volume of calls we receive after storms we may be unable to answer your phone call. Please leave your name, phone number, address, & description of the item damaged (property location or the year, make and model of your vehicle). We will submit your claim as quickly as possible and confirm this by mail! You may also email this information at insurance-by-katie@embarqmail.com Take steps to prevent further damage by protecting your property. Board up broken windows or move property indoors or under cover if possible. Do not dispose of damaged property as your claims adjuster[…]

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The Sneeches…and other Craziness

After the hail storms of 2010, which ironically tracked me down and beat on my vehicle while I was out of town, caused the insurance company to total my vehicle I pondered one of life’s most important questions: what kind of car am I? The decision making and car purchase process can deteriorate into a situation faced by the Sneeches: running in and out chaining my mind until I’m so confused that I can’t hardly remember what kind of car I had let alone what I want to buy! So ~ How does one go about deciding…why, you post the question on Facebook and[…]

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The “Roll Lady” Attacks Pumpkin Pie

The can of pumpkin and the box of pie crust dough mock me from their perch near the stove. They seem to sneer….”go ahead, we DARE you to try it…”  Crap. It was with this taunt echoing in my head that I found myself sitting at my dining room table with the current issue of the Parade insert from my newspaper. As I distractedly thumbed through the pages, one article caught my eyes:   The Pie that Ate My Thanksgiving.    Written by Jacquelyn Mitchard, the article expounds upon her lack of cooking talents and the pressures of creating The Thanksgiving Meal. WOW – someone else,[…]

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I’d Like a Slice of Turkey with a Side of Lawsuit, Please

Happy Holiday’s everyone! The first snow has flown, the air is getting crisp, and I can almost smell the turkey baking! I’m one of those crazy people who love the crowds of relatives that come and go during this season. But with the increased hustle and bustle can comes the increased potential for injuries and other liabilities. Click this link to read an interview I did for the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska: Personal Liability InterviewClick here for an audio version of the entire interview: Personal Liability Pod Cast   What is your favorite part about this holiday season?

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