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Thoughts While Shaving for February 1

Today, 13 years ago, BladenOnline was introduced, and it’s been an interesting ride … Thanks for your support. It was a dream of the late Michael (Mike) Simmons and myself. Unfortunately, Mike died before seeing our dream come true. I just about gave up, did put-off the project for about 4 months before deciding it was doable … Been a good ride … Oh yes, some bumps along the way … Sold to Charlotte and Daine Smith several years ago, but never stopped contributing. The Smiths’ have done a good job … It is a tough task, but the feedback has been positive. Thanks for your support … The Best is Yet to Come…

February 1 … still in the middle of winter. Average high temp in Bladen County for the month is 63 degrees compared with 54 in January … average low, 34 compared with 33 in January.

And speaking of weather, yesterday was a ‘stinker’. Today’s forecast is for a 40% chance of rain, high near 43 degrees … More of the same tonight, with a low near 33. Tuesday, partly cloudy, with a high near 45 and windy, gusts in the 23 mph range…

Bladen County Commissioners meet in regular session tonight, 6:30 p.m. in the courthouse … Agenda appears to be light … but never know … I recall meetings years ago … What appeared to be a routine session could be much different. A real learning process for a majority of newcomers, appears to be a quality group.

Recall as a youngster, February was normally cold. We farmed … did not have a tractor. We had a horse and a mule and if we didn’t begin preparation early for a new year, we could get behind quickly … Breaking land was a back-breaking chore … Two animals, a two horse turnplow and a big field … Planting time was still weeks away, the task ahead was difficult … But, we were ready to plant come spring time.

I appreciate the opportunity, but enjoyed as much of that as I could stand. Decided early, I had no desire to be a farmer … Many love it … and I am thankful for what they do.

“Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” Kamlil Gibran

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation” Paul Theroux

“The greatest threat to the planet is the belief someone else will take care of it.” Robert Swan

“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” Bern Williams

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