This time, we’re prepared for snow

Well, we’ve made it into the new year without any major weather inconveniences, but most of us are still preparing ourselves for the possibility of another snow/ice storm that caused us to be without power and water last February. I’ve always considered that the more prepared we are, though, the less likely it will happen … something similar to Murphy’s Law.
Jim and I feel we’re much more ready to deal with another spate of bad weather than we were last year. Thanks to Brian and Michele – our daughter and son-in-law – we now have a large generator that should help us with water, lights and heat if power goes out for several days again; and if our water lines freeze, I have about six 5-gallon containers of water stored away we can use. Those measures should ensure that we won’t need any of it this year.
With the new year also comes tax season. At least the normal cold and rainy days of our Oregon winters can be spent in a warm house while going through all of the unending paperwork and records-retrieval that is required to make sure that Uncle Sam has all of the information needed that will hopefully net us a refund. Of course, that’s generally proven to be wishful thinking, but miracles do happen sometimes.
The Lorane community has been quiet lately.
The regular ”first and third Saturday” Crow Grange Bingo nights have resumed; the Lorane Grange Spaghetti and Bingo Night is Saturday, Jan. 25, (dinner at 5:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m.); and the Crow Grange’s first Bingo Night is Wednesday, Jan. 15 (games start at 7 p.m.)
The Crow Middle/High School art class has a new project and needs your help. Teacher Pat Dixon is asking for donations of old and/or worn books, postcards, games with missing pieces, jigsaw puzzles, cloth, buttons, costume jewelry, etc. that can be used in their ”Altered Art” project. Contact Pat at [email protected] to arrange for a drop-off or pick-up time.
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