Crazy weather and winter memories


News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter - Contributing Columnist



Charles Warner | The Union Times In today’s “News Around Lockhart” column, Connie Porter writes about the crazy weather Lockhart and the rest of Union County has been experiencing lately and also recalls winter — which often meant six months of snow — in her native Michigan.


Isn’t this weather crazy? Now we’re having winter. And for the month before we had a taste of summer. I loved it! What we’re getting is the edge of the northern blizzard. So maybe we should be grateful for what we are getting instead of getting the really bad weather. But it’s still too windy and cold.

Without Power

I remember the blizzards, but I don’t remember being without power in the winter time, except the time a car slid into a pole and knocked out a wide range of power. I tried to stay in bed for body heat. But my mother kept calling and asking me if I was alright. Meaning I had to keep running down the hall in my bare feet on the cold floor, getting colder by the minute just to answer the phone. She meant well. But she never suggested coming to take me and the baby to her warm house. This probably only lasted the morning. Where was Lockhart Power? They’d have the power on in minutes. Not in Michigan.

Six Months Of Snow

I know I’ve told you how we would climb out the window, in order to shovel the door free. Where were we going? Just like shoveling the snow off of the cars and driveway and yet the roads might not be cleared yet. People up north miss very little work or school because of the weather. It’s just a way of life. But every now and then you have a really bad ice or snow storm. Just think, what if you had snow from the end of October to the first of May. I’ve had that. Generally it starts melting the first of April.

Out On The Ice

If you ever watched the movie “Grumpy Old Men,” you’d get an idea of some of my past life. They show ice shanties on the lakes. We’d go with my dad and he and everyone else, would drive out on the lake to the spot they wanted to fish at. Some would use an auger and bore a hole in the ice and sit on a stool to fish and others might have a shanty to fish in out of the cold. Well in the movie they had recliners, etc. But real life it was a stool beside the hole to fish from. Now us kids wouldn’t fish we just skated. Can you imagine how thick that ice is to be able to drive on it and feel safe?

Playing Out In The Snow

Another movie that reminds me of my childhood is “Christmas Story.” My mother would bundle me up to play outside. First you keep your flannel pj’s on for body heat. Then the leggings, not like the gals are wearing now. These come with a snowsuit. Well when she got through, I’d have so much on it was hard to put my arms down. And don’t have to say you have to go to the bathroom after. It starts all over.

We’d lay in the snow and make angels. We would make igloos, to hide behind so we could have snowball fights with the neighbors in their igloo. We also had icicles hanging off things, and we’d pop them off and suck on them. Sledding was fun also. And skiing when we were a lot older.

But that was then and this is now. My body temp has changed and I want the SUN and high temps. Of course if I still lived in Michigan I wouldn’t know there was anything different, but I’m here.

Lockhart Elections

Well, we had the Lockhart Election for Mayor and Council last week. I was not part of this election, but it seems I’m being treated as the enemy. We’ve had quite a few elections since I went on council and I’ve never heard of hatred and threats before. In the past, everyone just went on with their lives. We live in a very small town and it used to be very friendly with everyone helping each other instead of trying to find the bad.

The mayors I’ve served under were: Beaver Canupp, Dean Bentley, Greasy Lawson — Mayor Pro Tem, and Ailene Ashe, and I’ve served to the best of my ability, and would work under any other mayor just as well. In the beginning Nancy Lawson (another council member, who was on in the beginning with me) was very helpful in getting me started. And I am grateful for her help, I could go to her anytime with questions and she’d help me. I’ve tried to pay attention to all the little details of the happenings, and still question, and find answers. So I am glad to still be a servant to Lockhart.

If you are not satisfied with me, I will be going up for election in 2019 and you may run against me, without a feud. And I meant feud.

Birthdays

John Bobo didn’t want me to announce his birthday ahead of time, so I can tell you now that it is over. (Wednesday, March 15). So now when you see him tell him Happy Belated Birthday. He came in Sunday and I got to shave his head and face. Yeah!!

Advice

Marry an orphan: You’ll never have to spend boring holidays with the in-laws.

Insight

Time is a great healer. That’s why they make you wait so long in the doctor’s office.

Well, preaching time is over, and I am going to say good night. call me at 1-864-545-6652.

Charles Warner | The Union Times In today’s “News Around Lockhart” column, Connie Porter writes about the crazy weather Lockhart and the rest of Union County has been experiencing lately and also recalls winter — which often meant six months of snow — in her native Michigan.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Town-of-Lockhart.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times In today’s “News Around Lockhart” column, Connie Porter writes about the crazy weather Lockhart and the rest of Union County has been experiencing lately and also recalls winter — which often meant six months of snow — in her native Michigan.
News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter

Contributing Columnist

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