The Rooster Crows – October 4, 2019

By Bill Anderson

“Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head” has been Rutland’s theme song throughout September. The approximately 2.4 inches that fell on Sunday evening and Monday morning, September 29 & 30, brought the total for the month to well over 8 inches. Paul Anderson reports that his electronic rain gauge has recorded more than 26 inches of precipitation since January 1, with three months remaining until 2020 wades in. County Commissioner Richard Ruch reports that his farm west of Brampton received more than 3 inches of rain from the Sunday evening-Monday morning downpour that turned the entire area west of Brampton into a lake. It’s a good thing that Richard’s farm was too wet to plant this past Spring, as it would surely be too wet to harvest anything this Fall.

Travelers, as travelers will do, have been arriving in and departing from Rutland lately. On Friday, September 20, Chuck & Mary Beth Anderson arrived back home at their Weber Township farm after a 6 week journey that took them through the northeastern portion of the country. The Andersons took the northern route, skirting the southern boundary of Canada. They towed their 5th wheel travel trailer across the Mackinac Bridge and just kept on heading east until they reached the Atlantic Ocean. They stopped for a couple of days in Rutland, Vermont, where Chuck wore his Uff-Da Day T-shirt that has the question “Where’s The Lefse?” emblazoned across its front. Chuck said that a couple of ladies asked “What’s lefse?” and they got an invitation to Uff-Da Day in Rutland on Sunday, October 6, where they could enjoy some. The Anderson’s brought back some Rutland VT bumper stickers which they were distributing to friends last week. Dick Meyers stated that the “VT” stands for “Very Thankful,” which is what he is whenever he is in Rutland. Chuck reports that, with Mary Beth navigating and Chuck doing the driving, they by-passed the huge metropolitan areas of Boston and New York City, but still managed to see plenty. One of the highlights of the trip was a stop at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY. North Dakota native Roger Maris, who hit 61 in ’61 to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, is still not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Chuck said that he did not see any mention of the Rutland Roosters, either, but it is understood that folks back east are kind of intimidated by the character and competence of individuals like Maris, and teams like the Roosters of old. For the Andersons, though, the biggest highlight of the trip was arriving back at their own home on the prairies of North Dakota.

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Welcome to the Windy City

We may not be in Chicago but Rutland sure can give that city some competition. The winds are blowing across the plains today and gusting heavily to who knows how fast (45 mph was predicted).  I know it is extremely windy when the corn chaff blows off the field and piles up around the shelter belt; when the cats outdoor ‘kennel’ tucked by the house surrounded by a shrub, steps and a large storage container blows 100+ yards away and is in pieces in the shelter belt to the North and other parts headed South; when kids toys and trucks, once stacked neatly under the play set, are out to the road;  and when the basketball hoop, with a base heavily loaded with sand and rocks, rolls down the driveway (one that takes two+ people to move from its place).  Thankfully, this windy March day, is void of snow or no one would be venturing out.

“Owl: This is just a mild spring zephyr compared to the big wind of ’67. Or was it, uh, ’76? Oh, well, no matter. Oh, I remember the big blow well.”  Winnie the Pooh and The Blustery Day. 1968.

It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The birds are chirping and nesting. The day lily greenery is well through the black dirt.  The cats have ticks.  It’s summertime in Rutland.  Oh, wait, this is March?  This was the winter that the Farmer’s Almanac predicted above average snowfall and warmer-than-usual  temperature in the Midwest.  Well, we’ve gotten the warmer temperatures.   Last year, we still had several inches of snow on the ground and a blizzard was looming.  We have a break from the waters rising which are lower this year than they have been in a decade and this is getting the farmers breaking ground and starting planting.  I’m itching to get the garden planted but will keep the plants indoors for a while. In the meantime, I am planning to bask in the sun.  Enjoy our early spring.  Who knows how we will all feel when July comes around?  What are your predictions for the coming summer?