The dynamics of being hungry and being cold!

This winter will pose to double threat to American families. One is the obvious factor of cost, but the other is the not so obvious effect on the American psychic.

As families attempt to balance comfort against nutrition something strange will occur. A synergy of sorts will transpire; cutting back both results will transcend the reduction of either. Lack of nutrition equates to lowered stamina which will be complemented by to increased cold they will often experience over time. The two form a lethal combination.

Sure we have all been exposed to one or the other in various degrees, but never for an entire winter.

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Sometimes a washer does more than clean!

A few times in one’s life we find ourselves in a complete rut. Mine came most recently because of a ‘later in life’ crisis. It came on about 72, when I came to realize that there weren’t that many years left and as a personal thing I internalized it, and so the mostly physiological problems began.

But it was my washing machine that brought it all into focus. One day it worked fine, the next day nothing. It was totally dead and at three years old it was still considered somewhat new. That really sucked, but it brought all my personal troubles into sharp focus. Everything breaks down and you don’t know when! I should have been focusing on that fact for most of the now 72 years, I’ve felt pretty much OK. The poor washer (a GE by the way) had two major breaks in its short lifetime and it cost me both times. Lesson learned – !

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Weather predictions!

My prediction for southern Missouri for the months of December thru February will be as follows:

Colder than normal temps.

Snow, more than we’ve seen in a while.

Ice – Just to add some flavor…

That’s it…. That’s enough… That’s more than enough!

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It was as though someone turned a switch!

November is an interesting month here in southern Missouri. Or, at least it can be. Take this month of November 2022… One day it would be eighty something, and like someone turned a switch, it would be down in the thirties someplace. That takes its toll on the body I’ll tell you.

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Cold hits early!

Perhaps it was just my imagination…. But, here we are in southern Missouri and the temps were already down to the 30 degree range. And, this has been a regular thing! Heck, we’ve even had a dusting of snow, something we normally don’t see until New Years. (I’d ask the ‘Global Warmists’ to explain this, but they were nowhere to be found).

One has to wonder what this means for the December thru February period? This range of temperatures today was 38/31 versus a normal range of 57/36. That seems just a tad low… Sadly, for many of us every $50 we spend on heat is $50 less food…..

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Another day in the life!

I awoke at approximately 7:00 AM on a rainy overcast 25th day in November 2023. This particular day, I had an 11AM appointment with a health care worker to get my flu shot. I did my best to touch up my appearance and headed out a bit early to first take care of chores.

First on my short list was trash detail. I dutifully lugged a full bag out to the dumpster, just in time to endure a brief downpour. Suitably damp now, I climbed into my car for a jaunt to my bank’s ATM. Which I discovered was not working. Hmm. Not an auspicious start to my day. Shrugging that off, I headed down Hwy 160 to the Forsyth Health Center for my appointment with a needle.

I arrived a few minutes early and was greeting by a sign that read ‘We are Open’. Huh. I didn’t know they were closed. Upon entering I had a feeling of strangeness, the place appeared to be deserted. No one in the reception area and no one waiting for service. Double hmm. After five minutes or so a lady appeared and signed me in and I sat down to wait. Five minutes later a ‘nurse’ appeared and ushered my into her office. I got my shot and left. During the fifteen or so minutes I was there, no customers arrived. I got in my car and went home…. Well at least there were no crowds.

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Could be we’ll see some changes in the weather!

The drought we’ve be living with, here in the Midwest, is about to go by-by with 1.6-1.7 inches in the Monday to Tuesday time frame.

As one can see in the adjoining picture, there are some wet changes brewing. And, while the system is still more that a day away, you can bet most everyone is watching the skies. Rainfall is exactly what the area needs, without the often time accompaniment of severe weather.

Perhaps, this will portend a change in the weather….

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The Fall elections

With the start of the elections for select House and Senate beginning races all over the country, much of America it would seem is oblivious to them in general.

As in Pennsylvania, where the two candidates for the Senate have yet to debate, the voting there has been going on for some time now. Word has it that the candidate who’s for massive prison release and who would like to shut down the natural gas in the state is pulling ahead. Looks like nobody there really cares!

I actually hope that the Democrats really pull it out of the fire, and even pick up some House and Senate seats! Perhaps the American people deserve lawlessness, wide open borders and sky high prices.

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Thursday’s outlook

Drought is upon us…..for Taney County and the rest of the Central US!

The only chance for meaningful precipitation for September One – Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

That evening. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Look’s like Missouri has one shot at precipitation between Saturday and early next week. Welcome to September everyone!

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On top of everything else we have been forced to endure, there is the ongoing likelihood of extensive drought.

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