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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
The Love of Spring
Posted Monday, April 21, at 4:20 PM
Spring is finally here! Yes! Easter was yesterday so we will allow no more cold weather. We are serious here, Mother Nature. It is time for spring and I am thinking we deserve one of those lazy meandering spring times that mosey in with gentle spring rains and warm, but not hot temperatures and then get a little hot and a little cooler and then paint the countryside with the most beautiful, vibrant colors. ...

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The Tax Man Commeth
Posted Monday, April 14, at 11:09 AM

The storm rumbled through here in the early evening with some lightening, some wind and some rain, clearing out the allergens for a short while and leaving a cool damp breeze to brush my face as I slept. Ahhh. The grumbling of the second storm barely brought me out of my dreams as it rattled the windows a bit a set the drips to a steady rhythm. ...

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The Joy of a Rainy Day
Posted Monday, April 7, at 1:05 PM

I always feel so guilty when I enjoy a rainy day knowing how much others are craving the sunshine. I do love the rain though. It has always been my calming potion. I seldom suffer from cabin fever or boredom and if I did, I would just go for a healing walk in the rain. ...

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Could It Be Springtime?
Posted Monday, March 31, at 10:03 AM

Good morning, everyone. Peeping out the window I see the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising. I see flowers blooming and I don't even mind the promise of rain in a few days. That's part of that elusive season we call spring. I think it just might be over, that long, long winter we have had. ...

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Hope Springs Eternal
Posted Monday, March 24, at 12:35 PM

Happy Monday to you all! It is a beautiful sunny day with nothing more than a light breeze to rattle the leaves. It looks exactly like a spring day should look. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, the grass is greening up and if everyone wasn't all bundled up in their heavy winter coats it would look exactly like spring. Ah well, someday soon the temperatures will catch up with the calendar...

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Is It Spring Yet?
Posted Monday, March 17, at 12:18 PM

It is Monday again. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope everyone is wearing green today and letting your Irish heritage show. It really doesn't matter if you are descended from the Irish or not. On this one day each year we are all accepted by the Irish as one of their own. So grab yourself a leprechaun and a four leaf clover and go looking for that pot of gold...

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Well the Daffodils are Blooming
Posted Monday, March 10, at 11:35 AM

Well, folks, last week was another one for the weather record books, wasn't it. It started with that ground cover I mentioned in the previous column. I did as I said I would. I stayed in and watched the road reports from the comfort of my sofa, the one by the heater. Even the mail persons could not get through for two days and even then they were risking a fall to deliver our messages. Thank you to all the postal employees who worked so hard to keep us informed...

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The Winter That Won't End
Posted Monday, March 3, at 11:53 AM

Monday morning once again and outside the world is white and sparkling. We were fortunate to have had the sleet come quickly and not have the rain freezing on the tree limbs and utility wires. We were able to watch the Academy Awards and see the news and wake up with heat and power this morning. ...

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Circus, Art, and Birthdays
Posted Monday, February 24, at 9:20 AM

Rector News from the Porch Swing By Christa Hedrick Hello, all. It's Monday again. Happens week after week, doesn't it. How come other beginnings seem to call up thoughts about renewal, refreshing, re-thinking or starting again but Monday is a real groan. ...

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Bucket Brigade Brings in the Bucks
Posted Monday, February 17, at 9:59 AM

Well, another Monday and we are finally seeing temperatures above freezing, not that it has stayed that way long enough for all the snow to melt. Even with a hard rain on Friday we still have patches of white dotting the soggy ground. More rain is on the way so I suppose it will be washed away pretty soon. Warmer weather is definitely on the way and with it unstable air and storms. So pay attention. Stay alert. Mother Nature is not through with us yet...

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Chilly Weather - Chili Cook Off
Posted Monday, February 10, at 12:45 PM

Oh my goodness! The winter weather merry-go-round just keeps on going. Snowflakes and flurries outside my kitchen window this morning and now I am squinting at the sunshine on the white landscape outside that same window. For the most part I have stayed snuggled in with my computer, happily writing away on one project or another. ...

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Winter Wonderland
Posted Monday, February 3, at 1:08 PM

Good day, everyone. Today I am looking out at a beautiful winter wonderland. Not a really heavy snow here, but sealed by the sleet that came after the snow, it is now a sparkling white vista in all directions. The sun will take it from the streets and sidewalks before noon and will leave room for treacherous roads when the temperature falls tonight. And what a weather mix we have in store for the rest of the week. Stay alert!...

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A Springlike Week End
Posted Monday, January 27, at 10:41 AM

Well, folks that little taste of spring was wonderful. Wasn't it? And don't we all feel special having it on the weekend. Where else can you go to have two weeks of unrelenting subfreezing temperatures separated by an entire weekend of sunshine and balmy breezes? It was 64 yesterday! Life is good!...

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Weather and Water and Women
Posted Monday, January 20, at 12:22 PM

Hello, everyone! We are really on a weather rollercoaster, aren't we? I have been through my closet this past week. Cool weather clothes, cold weather clothes, REALLY COLD weather clothes and then fairly warm weather clothes. I have looked out the window to see tiny white snowflakes in the morning and the biggest prettiest full moon at night. Variety, I have heard, is the spice of life. Plenty of various spice so far this year, at least in the weather department...

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Out of the Igloos
Posted Monday, January 13, at 2:58 PM

Good morning to you all. Isn't it good to have some weather more like what we call normal around here. We did have some records broken and some pipes too, I hear. With temperatures hovering around the 0 mark and wind chills dipping way below that there were teeth chattering all over the place. ...

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2014 Start out Really Cold
Posted Monday, January 6, at 1:30 PM

Welcome to the year 2014. What are you going to do with it? What is it going to do with us? I have decided that 2014 will be a year of change for me. I am changing my attitude, changing my goals just a bit and changing my expectations. I plan to expect a lot in this year. ...

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Welcome 2014
Posted Monday, December 30, at 12:37 AM

This is it, the last column for 2013. By the time the paper is delivered we will have transitioned into a brand new year. This will be a very special year too. A full moon on the night the year is born will act as a beacon to light the way into a new era. ...

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The Annual Night of Chocolate!
Posted Monday, December 16, at 12:08 PM

Ok! Temperatures are rising and the snow is busily melting. Looks like spring is on the way! Oh, wait. Maybe I am a little premature with that. After the winter wonderland we were living in this past week, it may make us think about spring, but there is good chance we will get to experience Old Man Winter's particular gifts again before the daffodils poke their little heads up...

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Winter Wonders
Posted Monday, December 9, at 1:06 PM

Well, how about that little taste of winter? We barely put Thanksgiving behind us and blam! It was 73 degrees one day and an icebox, no, a freezer the next. The good news is that the freezing rain did not last long enough here to bring down the trees or the power lines. Some people were not so lucky just a few miles away. Frigid temperatures are so much easier to handle when we are watching it from our well heated living rooms...

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Christmas Cometh
Posted Monday, December 2, at 1:37 PM

The last month of the year 2013 has begun. The days before Christmas are counting down quickly and we know that all those little elves in Santa's workshop are working overtime. And I know all the little kiddos are being oh-so-good for the next three and a half weeks. Right? Yeah! Well, they had better be, because Santa has spies everywhere this year. Maybe all of us big kiddos should be good too. What a concept!...

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Christa is proud to call herself a Rector native having been born here. After living elsewhere, she just couldn't stay away! She has now lived in Rector for over 14 years. During this time, Christa has been very active in the community and is the one to go to for current happenings in the area.
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