Saturday, February 25, 2017

Enjoying Valentine's snow days...from inside!!

Who loves 70 degree weather? Don't we all? That was where the temperatures were in Valentine, Nebraska, February 16 -22, 2017. Beautiful weather! But in February? 

Who loves snow days??? Don't we all? As quick as you can change your short sleeves for something warmer, the weather changed and left behind 14 (non-official) inches of snow at a startling rate of two inches per hour!!

This is Valentine's Main Street at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 23 - which is probably what February weather should look like. There was no school, and several businesses had closed for safety reasons. 

Looking south, there were only a  few cars parked on Main Street. But places to stop in and warm up!

Boots, coats, or hats anyone? 

In black and white, the FGL building looks like it may have when it was first constructed. In color, the awnings are bright blue, and without the snow, you can clearly see many updates. 

State, city, and county plows were out clearing as fast as the snow was falling! For that we are very thankful. This little girl was also clearing the walkway with her grandmother's help.  

Mail was still being delivered! Belated Valentines? 

The next day, it was nearly blue skies all the way! 

Snow was piled to the center of the road and being hauled away. Most of the side streets were cleared off as well. 

The storm left behind some Dr. Suess looking snow drifts though. With the cleared roadways, it was fun to get out and see them first hand. 

To think days prior to the snow, you could see and hear the rumble of motorcycles enjoying the springlike temperatures. Trees were beginning to bud out, and bulbs were forcing green tips through the soil. 

It's still a chilly day today, but the sun is creating icicles...

Who doesn't love a snow day? Perhaps you and a loved one could make some  sweet treats, or be creative in some way...paint, color, sew, read, and simply enjoy...because it won't be long and you'll be enjoying the spring blooms, butterflies, and returning birds. invites you to look through the website and plan your perfect 4 season, family fun, adventure! Click on our sponsor's ads and visit their websites to help you with your plans!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bull on Main?!? Yes...February 11, 2017!!! Wear your boots!

That's the question: Bull on Main?!? 

The answer: Yes, if it's in February in Valentine, NE!!!! And the town welcomes you this coming Saturday, February 11, 2017!!!

The bulls on Valentine's Main Street is called simply The Bull Bash! It's time for ranchers to bring in new....uh...blood stock to integrate into other's herds;  this is the place they come to see the bulls, learn about their lineage along with visiting the equipment dealers. 

Some of the bulls are large - below, some are young like this one - above!

There's cowboys, real live, true-to-the-job, cowboys who attend the Bull Bash!

And care for these gentle giants!!

Who are actually pretty tame!

And are clearly rather curious! Howdy neighbor!!!

There's food for everyone! 

At different locations! Each with their own flair. 

 There's even a wine tasting event!!!! Which can sometimes be held with an art show...

Who doesn't look great sipping wine while checking out some of the best western art in the area? 

Suff for boys of all ages to check out! 

 Contests for young kids as well! This is about love after all! Love of the Sandhills. Love for our area ranchers who keep the hills pristine, and raise the best beef in the world, regardless of the weather conditions....below 0, they're out there...117 they're out there.

 This is the way Valentine, Nebraska shows the area's ranchers how much they're appreciated!

Youth often times use this venue as a way to raise funds for the Washington Focus Trip, bake sales, Girl Scouts sell cookies.....

And the local FFA hosts their annual Luck of the Draw! It's a great way to help the youth as well as get warm, have a beverage, it's another place to eat and visit with family and friends. 
It's held at the Bull Market and everyone is welcomed!

 For the ladies there are plenty of shops on Main Street for them to visit. Nelsen Furniture is hosting the annual Quilt Show. Judge your favorite!

 Come to the annual Bull Bash held in Valentine, Nebraska, February 11, 2017!!!!

Eye hope to see you there!!!

To find out more about the Bull Bash go to: Bull Bash, or pick up a copy of the Valentine Midland News for the schedule of events.

Be sure to get your honey something for Valentine's Day!!! More about that at: Cupids Mailbox!!!!!

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