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1-17-12 – I’m sorry this won’t get there in time, but we’ve been snowed in for about a week or so and yesterday it got up warm enough to melt a lot of the snow. We just had one drift that closed the lane. Walt did some shoveling and said he thought we could get out then we heard on the news it was MLK Jr.’s birthday so the mail didn’t run and I needed to go to the bank while we were in Tipton, but it was closed too. So we didn’t go anywhere. Walt said he thought he was too tired to drive anyway after shoveling snow. He cleaned off the sidewalk, the driveway to the garage and shoveled the snow drift, etc. We decided to wait until this morning. Now it’s snowing again. It’s not supposed to be much, but it doesn’t take much to drift when the winds blowing and it is. As I always say, it could be worse. Like that place in Alaska where the whole town is snowed in and we can get someone to plow us out if we have to. This winter sure has been nice up until now. And still not all that bad compared to what winters are usually like around. I know we’ve still got a ways to go, but I’ve got  a cup half “full” of coffee and in a warm house and this is probably the last winter I’ll be in this house. The landlady said they will just be gone in January this year so it won’t be long until they’re back and I know he’ll keep it plowed because he likes to work and keep busy.

We didn’t make it up tp Silvis for the great grandbabies birthdays. Rylan was two the first part of January and Savannah was one on the 11th of January. They had each one of them a separate birthday party. They sure are sweet little kids and just as cute as can be. Berta is a proud grandmother again next month. Her daughter, Amy, is going to have a baby boy and I think it’s due the 27th. But as we all know babies sometime don’t keep the schedule they’re supposed to. And now we have a new great-grandbaby in my family, Daughter, Anita’s step-daughter had a baby girl a few days ago as far as I know she’s still doing fine. Her name is Ember Rain. Anita was there when she was born then Anita got the stomach flu and hasn’t been able to see her anymore.

We had planned to go to Muscatine tomorrow, but may not get to. We’ll just do what we can do and that’s all we can do.

On January 14th was my son, Jeff’s birthday. He would have been 50 years old. That seems odd and also seems odd that Anita is 52 now.

Walt went out to see if he thinks we can still get through the snow drift and if he thinks we can I will have to hurry and get ready to go to Tipton.

A cowboy named Bud is overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture when suddenly a brand new BMW advances toward him in a cloud of dust. The driver is a young man in a Brioni suit and Gucci shoes, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, “If I can tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd will you give me one of your calves? Bud looks at the man then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and says, “Sure, why not?” The young man whips out his notebook computer, connects it to his phone and surfs to a NASA page on the internet where he calls up a GPS satelellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite which scans the area in an ultra-high resolution photo and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds he receives an email on his palm gadget that the image has been processed and the date stored. He then accesses his database through email on his gadget, and a few minutes later receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full color, 150 page report on his high tech miniaturized laser printer, turns to the cowboy and say, “You have 1,596 cows and calves.” “That is right” says the cowboy, “Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on in amusement as he puts it into the trunk of his car. Then Bud says, “Hey, if I can tell you what your business is, will you give me back my calf?” The young man thinks about it for a second and then say, “Okay, why not?” “You are the U.S. Government” says Bud. “Wow, that’s correct,” says the young dude, “But how did you guess that?” “No guessing required,” the cowboys answers. “You showed up here, even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, you used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter you are then me; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living or about cows for that matter. This is a herd of sheep. Now give me back my dog.”

Take care of yourselves and bye, bye for now.

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