The thunder rolled a few times and the heavy gray clouds that have covered south-central Nebraska for days – seems much longer – brought a nice, short shower just as the weather forecast promised.
This is a remnant of the ferocious storms earlier this week on the Pacific Coast. We won’t see anything like that or like the record-setting snowstorms earlier this fall in the Great Lake states.
While some parts of the Sandhills and north-central Nebraska may measure show in inches before the system moves out Monday evening, south-central areas can expect rain for as long as the temperature remains above freezing, and then mostly sleet and light snow driven by cold north winds.
It was strange to go for a walk around 8:15 this second Sunday morning in December wearing only a hoody style jacket. With the temperature around 50, the jacket mostly was to protect me from the drizzle. It was like walking through a damp cloud that had settled on me.
The past week of gray, sometimes foggy and drizzly weather, combined with a load of work dampened the little bit of Christmas spirit I’ve had. I just haven’t been that merry or in a mood to deck the halls.
My Christmas mood is muted every year. Much of that is my own fault for not taking advantage of more of the many Christmas programs and other special events.
I need an attitude adjustment. But how to do that sometimes is as much of a mystery as how to adjust the brakes on my car or fix any number of things around my house.
My Hub ag feature this week was about the AgrAbility program presented by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska. Occupational specialists work with farmers and ranchers who have disabilities – everything from bad backs to lost limbs – to help find ways for them to continue doing the jobs they love.
The help can involve assistance in getting new equipment, making adjustments to existing machinery or other equipment, or simply teaching ag producers how to do things in a different way.
One of the AgrAbility specialists in our area wrote a column to describe the program in general and I interviewed a Minden farmer who had benefited from it.
The same farmer and his family lost their home to a March fire and only recently were able to move into their new, still-being-finished home after seven months and 10 days living in a fifth-wheel camper.
Then on Father’s Day weekend, he lost two pivot irrigation systems, two grain bins, augers and other equipment in a windstorm.
I teased him about being like Job and he said he had been reading that book in the Bible.
The farmer said something else that he had learned through AgrAbility that I promise to remember when I’m feeling sorry for myself on a cloudy day.
He said that sometimes when everything seems to be going wrong, the only thing you can change is your attitude.