Rutland and vicinity welcomed the break from arctic conditions that came in the form of a warm-up on the weekend of December 12-14. Temperatures here were in the 40’s, nudging the 50 mark. Saturday, the 13th, with sunshine, warmth and no wind, was the nicest day to bless this area since the end of October. No matter how pleasant the weather was here, though, it was even more so to the west and south. The Old Curmudgeon and spouse, Richard & Janet Bradbury, reported that the thermometer hit 70 on Thursday and Friday, December 11 & 12, on the front porch of the ranch house at their winter haven on the Warren Ranch southeast of Rapid City SD. After a month of hard winter, a break is nice, but winter hasn’t even started, yet, and won’t until Sunday, December 21. Winter conditions rode back in on the heels of a 40 mph north wind on Monday, December 15, reminding all that it’s still a long pull until Spring’s flowers rise up to greet April’s showers next Spring. On the bright side, though, the earliest sunset for the year took place at 4:39 p.m. on December 11, and the days have already started getting imperceptibly longer on the afternoon end, even though they are still shortening up in the morning. That does not seem logical, but it’s what the almanac reports. Anyway, who will be so bold as to try to impose logic and order on the whims and fancies of Mother Nature?
Norbert & Beverly Kulzer drove to Sioux Falls SD last weekend, to watch granddaughters, Lauren and Brooke Kulzer, the daughters of Stephen & Ann Kulzer, play basketball for the Tri-Valley High team, and grandson, Will, take to the boards for the Tri-Valley Middle School. Norbert reports that the girls’ team played 4 games, winning 2 and losing 2, while Will’s team took first place in gusto and enthusiasm but finished second in the scoring column. The Kulzers returned to Rutland on Saturday, December 13, and report that it was a very pleasant drive. Read More