• P.J. Griekspoor

    It's So Fun To Be Grandma At This Time of Year

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 20, 2011

    When I was  a Mom, I used to dread the last two weeks of school. All of you moms know what I mean. This is the time of field trips and demonstration projects and plays and concerts and recitals that show off what we have learned this year. Back in those days, it seemed like a burst of permission slips and bag lunches; of making last-minute costumes and buying outfits and taking time off work to go watch something. Now that I'm a mellow grandma, I have a whole new perspective on these…

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    Thunder, Warnings, Not Much Rain

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 19, 2011

    For two nights in a row, we've had heavy thunder and light rain, bringing us an accumulation of only .05 of an inch, hardly enough to move the needle on the severe drought designation of the U.S. Drought Monitor. More storms with warnings of high winds, large hail and possible tornadoes are in the forecast for the next couple of days, bringing the potential for at least spotty, local rain that will helps some farmers as long as they get the rain and escape the hail. Nothing, however, is…

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    Alarm Is Ringing; Help Needed Now

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 17, 2011

    I just got home a couple of hours ago after spending two days on the road in the worst of dry, dusty, windblown western Kansas. This is not just a dry spell. Or a drought. This is a disaster. I am saying that as someone who has seen a lot of western Kansas dry weather. This is the worst I have ever seen in the western two tiers of counties. Wade Tucker, who farms in Stanton County, says he's used to dry weather -- the average rainfall in the county is just 13.5 inches, about an inch…

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    A Record of the Unwanted Sort

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 10, 2011

    Those for whom hope springs eternal -- that would be most farmers -- were talking last March about the prospects for the wheat crop and how things just might turn out OK if we got a little rain and avoided 90-degree days in May. This is not the year for that wish to come true. Most of the driest area of the state, the western one-third to one-half, hasn't gotten rain. The rest of the state has had showers, but not the slow, soaking rain we really need. As for the 90-degree days, well…

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    OK, That Precious Bundle Is Here

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 6, 2011

    OK, I'm STILL technically on vacation, but our new baby Dylan Matthew is SOOOO cute, how could I not share some early pix of what an awesome baby he is? Big sister Chloe thinks he is pretty special. He was born at 2:42 p.m. on May 3. He weighed 8 lb. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long (making him a bit plump, as newborns go) and his head, for all you moms out there, was an impressive 13 3/4 inches. We see bits of both of his sisters and his big brother, but he is his own Dylan. And…

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    One Day's Applause Is Another Day's Lawsuit

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 6, 2011

    Oh, how fleeting is fame. The new Siemens Wind turbine factory in Hutchinson has started moving its first nacelles out of the plant. It issued a press release on May 5 that it was shipping by rail, which it logically and accurately pointed out is far more "green" than shipping by truck, given that the railroad can move a lot more freight for a lot less cost and a lot less fuel consumed. Now to the flip side. A day after lauding rail's more reasonable freight and greater ability to move…

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    Technically On Vacation, But I Can't Resist the Urge

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 2, 2011

    This week, I am technically on vacation, but I couldn't resist the urge to put something on this blog to let all you guys know what is going on with me. My newest grandchild is scheduled to be born sometime tomorrow. His mom will go in about 7 a.m. Wednesday for induction and we'll see from there. He will be number four in his family of two sisters and a brother -- plus a little angel brother who was born on his due date but tangled in his cord five years ago on June 25. We miss that…

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