Wednesday 20th – I headed toward Nodaway around 6 am. The roads were pretty crummy and ice is stuck to everything. I called Jim around 9 and he was able to make it out to chore. David hadn’t been there yet to put hay out for us, but he must have made it sometime in the morning because on my way home the cows had the feeder surrounded. It seems like the fog just won’t go away. It would be nice to see the sun. I received a call today from M Hammer with devastating news. Alan S is a friend from River City Round-Up and also the gentleman we got our horse from. His wife Pam was killed in a car/semi accident. The fog and icy roads caused her to pull out in front the truck. Evidentially she made it to the hospital but didn’t make much longer. Pam was a great gal and a fantastic mother to 1 son and 5 daughters all 17 and younger…..what a sad deal. My heart goes out to Alan and his family. I checked the cows and calves on my way home from work. Everything seemed fine on the home front.
Thursday 21st – I worked in the office all day. Things have been going relatively smooth considering our weather conditions. It is easy to get schedules fouled up with crummy weather. Mom and dad made it in last night from Nashville and it sounded like their travel was trouble free. Their drive home from the airport was probably the worst part. After work I went home before going to a fair board meeting. This particular fair board meeting was probably the most productive and well attended meetings I have been too. Many issues were discussed and entertainment was decided. We are going to have a live band Friday, tractor pull Saturday, rodeo Sunday, and figure 8 racings on Tuesday. After the meeting we unloaded 60 folding chairs that Woody W had in the back of his pick up. I went to the golf course, had a couple beers with several other fair board members and headed home.
Friday 22nd – I went to the farm short of 7 to help dad chore. I told dad I had to be gone by 8:15 to get home and cleaned up for Pam’s funeral. The funeral is in Blair, NE. Should take about an hour to get to Blair. I was muddy as hell choring, but we got them done. I ran dad up to Cooper’s to pick up the Freightliner. It has been at Cooper’s forever! Dad backed into the front of the truck with the combine last fall. It got the grill and part of the hood pretty good. He is lucky it didn’t do more damage to both the truck and combine. The truck looked awesome and dad took it home while I boogied for home to shower and head to Blair. The funeral was very good. There was an enormous crowd and the service was touching, sincere, and well done. My heart breaks for Alan and his family. Lots of prayers are being sent his direction.
After the funeral Melis and I stopped at her sister Melanie’s in Elkhorn. We visited for a while and decided to stop at Nebraska Furniture Mart on our way home. We ended up buying a 40 in flat screen TV, an entertainment center, and a table. We were both happy as she got furniture and I got a TV. We grabbed a lunch at Jam’s before we went to the Mart, and headed home after spending too much money. I went to work putting together furniture and setting up the TV. Melis’s older brother Mike decided to come home for the weekend. We went to Melvin and Myrna’s to see Mike and we were home by 11.