It is is here, it is there, it is everywhere. Can't ya just feel the Brotherhood. Brotherhood of suffering that is. This post isn't a gripe or complaint, just talk. The only time I reach for the Oxycondin and Prozac is when my left leg don't work. Far from it. It is simply a post to get something off my brain. (Bet I got Louderbacks attention already. LOL) This is a post about the Weather. I know, I know, can't do anything about it. As they say you can talk about it till your blue in the face and it won't do any good. But blue in the face I am and about every other part of me starting at my toes. My day today started out and will continue to consist of preparing for survival. No not a nuclear attack or a couple of Muslims blowing up our local Wal-Mart. I got to beat Old Man weather. Gonna be a bigger game than some football contest. Could even be a super bowl couple of days with no tailgating and good brushed ribs to eat. Haven't had to do that since the late 50's and early 60's here in Iowa. As with many others here, unless you live in Tampa, this has not been a good winter. (Wish I could speak Southern and BG would lend me the airfare, I'd head for some alligator infested bayous and sit in the sun.) My wife Nancy up early, heading to town to work. Had to pack her 3 days of clothes because she won't be able to get down the lane tonight. It will be drifted shut. And that is just the start, the real weather comes in later tonight. An additional 3 inches of snow with 40 mph winds and wind chills below -30. Cool. I mean cold. And a pretty whiteout at the same time. Next, gotta go out and check the little livestock we have to chore. Will need to go to town and get horse food, poultry food, dog food, cat food. Don't have to worry about my food, got 12 head of deer yarded up below the barn and a lot of slugs if it gets real tough. Got to rebank the stock waterer so it doesn't freeze. Next got to start the diesel tractor and move it in the garage, if it starts. 9* here now. With ether by the gallon it has a hard time starting at 20* Wife's car won't be here a couple of days and I can put that fuel leaking, radiator leaking, rear seal leaking, hydraulic leaking 'Ol girl someplace warm so I can start it to knock down those drifts on Wednesday when the temp is supposed to go below -20. Now comes the real problem. Should go up to boat motor repair for this. My skid steer will not start. I am pretty good with a scalpel, but not a screwdriver. Got no spark. Put a new battery in yesterday. Gauges show no life. Ignition switch won't engage. Solenoid and starter won't activate. Don't have a voltmeter, so will have to get out an insulated screwdriver and start crossing terminals and make the sparks fly. Should take me a couple of hours and I still won't have figured it out. That sucker might sit there till June. Got to check the propane tank and see what we have for a level. No way the tank truck could get in here to fill us if we need it. Have to decide which chairs I will burn in the fireplace if the juice should go out. Had a 64 th birthday this year so I got a lot of candles (ate all of the cake). I quit drinking 6 weeks ago, so I won't have to worry about laying in beer. Although, maybe I should get a couple of 30 packs in case I get company. So how goes your weather guys? And I don't mean just a little sprinkle that gets your head wet when fishing) If you got it worse than we are gonna get it, Man I really feel for yas in a Brotherly sort of way. John.