Happy Valentine's Day! The weather report from Mason City, Iowa,
includes snow, sleet and ice again - as usual - this morning. I came up Interstate-35
(also known this winter as the nation's longest accident scene) from
Chariton yesterday ahead of the storm, but in fog so thick it could have
been cut with a knife.
Work on the Salem list slowed during December and January, partly
because of the holidays, partly because of other obligations, but in
large part because the cemetery itself is covered now with a foot or so
of snow and ice, which makes field trips impractical.
Those of us unwise enough not to live in Arizona, California or
some place more practical, refer to what's been happening in Iowa
during the last few months as an "old-fashioned Iowa winter."
We love to complain about it from warm homes or heated vehicles
that travel highways cleared within 24 hours or less of nature's
latest outrage. Consider what it must have been like for those who
rest at Salem, and had none of these advantages. Perhaps we should
Hopefully, now, I'll get back to work on the list. And after procrastinating
for years, I finally decided last week just to have a new compuer that
meets my needs built, rather than doing battle with Gateway, Dell or
Compaq. So if that works out as I hope it will, Salem should ascend
to the Web as a Rootsweb site, as well as a list, in a few months.
Spring will come, flowers will bloom again in the woods along Wolf and
Lost Branch creeks and the Chariton River and, should you visit, you
might understand why your ancestors loved these rolling prairies
and wooded valleys. For now, be grateful if it's warmer where you are
that someone, somewhere had the good sense to move along.