Today the family pays tribute to my maternal grandmother. If she was alive today, this would be her 100th birthday.
Jane Delano Everett
March 3, 2014 – February 3, 2006
As you can see, she left us exactly one month before her 92nd birthday. I was in Florida at the time, but unaware that my time in the Sunshine State was about to end; over the next few weeks the events that brought me to Kentucky were set into motion. Grandma, rest assured that your legacy lives on; thanks to you, we still make sure everyone in the family gets the best education available.
Meanwhile here in Kentucky, I’m wondering how much longer and colder this winter can get, before we start calling it a “little ice age.” Yesterday it rained for most of the day, we got 3-4 inches of snow last night, and a little more snow fell this morning—good conditions to form the ice that everyone’s worried about. Again the city government is telling everyone to stay off the streets as much as possible. These videos from Lexington show we are managing the winter conditions without a lot of accidents:
Of course the schools are closed again. Last month I heard the schools around here might have to cancel Spring Break because of all the snow days they have had this winter. Now I am starting to think that summer vacation may need to be canceled, too. That’s assuming we have a summer, of course (we didn’t in 1816).
Yesterday, I learned that most of the salt we put on the roads around here comes from a salt mine in Cleveland; here is a video tour of the mine. According to the story I read, they haven’t had business this good in 25 years!