Monday, June 4, 2012

The Start of the Silly Season

Good Morning Everyone,

Well, it just dawned on me that we are in the beginning stages of the silly season that infests us here in our community:  Its called "NebraskaLand Days", and for locals, its more of a pain in the rear than should be tolerated.  Personally, for me, its very hard as I have a fear of crowds, and tight spaces and getting cornered and it affects me this time of year.
I know that it brings in much needed revenue and business into town, but along with all of that, it brings out the worst in both the locals, who partake in the festivities, and the tourists who bring in some bad behaviour and bad habits.
It is two full weeks of nothing but rodeos, parades, barbeque's, and beer gardens  and other stuff that brings out the worst in humanity.  Along with this, it brings out the drugs, booze, and drunks and then rapes, and assaults, and yes, some murders.

When I was younger, I did go to a few concerts, which were fun, but then, it changed, the people became more violent, and bold, and then the dangerous.behaviours came out, like stabbing people with syringes, then knives, or screwdrivers.  I went to one concert, and the next thing I knew, I was in the middle of two women, stoned, and fighting over a man, and having beer thrown all over me, and the people who invited me to the concert.  It ruined me, and it made the people, who brought me along,  feel so very bad as they knew I had a fear of crowds and being in tight places and they were gracious and did so much to make the experience a pleasant one, but from just one incident, I now do not go to any crowd gathering what so ever, unless I knew who it is, then I will go if its a small one. 

If you would like to visit this yearly romp of madness and what goes on here, please visit
and this will tell you what it is.  We are also hosting several outdoor concerts, one with Toby Keith, a country western music star,  which I am sure will be madness.  See, I live about a mile from the arena where they have the concerts and rodeos and the traffic along around my house is bad enough. Then you get the cops and the stopping of cars in front of your house at  3 am for drunk driving and other fun stuff.  I have even had them in my driveway and up on the curb right in from of the house.  Just gotta love them cop's lights in your bedroom, kinda like reliving the 70's disco era.

So I am planning my grocery shopping and errands to coincide with the silly season.  During this time, you really do not drive around too much.  If you have errands that must be done, you get up pretty early, and do them and then get home, QUICKLY!  Its only 2 weeks and I can live with it until next year.

Other than that, not too much on the agenda.  Just normal household things, garden and such.  It is starting to get hot here now, and its very dry, and so watering and checking to see if the bugs ate everything off.  I think that its going to be a buggy year, since we did not have a winter, so to speak,  the bugs will be bad.  My house neighbor across the street came over Saturday and sprayed my grape vine with Malathion as we are getting a nasty bug called a "rose chafer" and it eats everything up, roses, and veggies, and grapevines and what ever else it finds appetizing. I detest using chemicals and some pesticides, but I am afraid if I don't, I will lose the garden and I will have nothing to can, so I am using things with care and reserve and just hope for the best.  I even started some extra tomatoes, and cucumbers and melons  just in case I lose some to the bugs.

Oh, and by the way, the beef I bought on Saturday, was absolutely delish.  This was grass raised and pastured  and had wonderful flavor and was so worth it.  I will continue to buy from this group of ranchers. This is a group of Sandhill Ranches, about 94 families, who provide humanly raised, pastured beef.  If you would like, please visit at

Well, I had better get going.  I have some errands, hair cut, and trying to get things done before the silly season gets really going. I wish everyone a wonderful week and blessing upon everyone.



  1. I know what you mean. We have a lot of little festivals and they are a pain in the a$$. There's Sunfest in the spring. Then OK Mozart in the summer so we can show off our fancy concert-grade community center. Then there's an Indian Summer thing in the fall so everyone of Indian descent can celebrate their heritage.

    Our people seem to be better behaved than you relate that yours are, they generally do not sell alcoholic beverages at these festivals here. But traffic is a nightmare. Those who live on the main roads along the way take advantage of the extra traffic to throw their garage sales, but it complicates the congestion because there is no worse driver than a person with a garage sale on their mind.

    But hang in there, dear, it'll be over before long and then you can go back to normal living, whatever that is. Hugs, Ilene

  2. Dear Vicki ~ I hope there are no catastrophes for you during those upcoming two weeks.

    I don't like crowds either, am a homebody. I hate busy roads and try to stay off them as much as possible.

    Get as much done as you need to so that you don't have to venture out during that time.

    Glad your beef from that farm turned out delicious!

    Enjoy each day you are blessed with.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  3. I love it Ilene, what ever "normal" life I have, Isn't much, but it'll do! LOL

  4. Maybe they could change the name to The Nebraskarapedrugsandmurder Fortnight. It has a ring about it; don't you think?

    You'll survive. I shall be spraying my vines and tomatoes today too. I use copper sulphate, which is what the organic growers use.

  5. That sounds an awful fortnight to have to endure as even if you stay away from all the trouble, sounds like it brings itself right to your very door. Hateful. Keep safe Denim, and grit your teefs.

  6. Hi my friend, how about next year I come for the silly days and we spend the whole time cooking and canning and gardening? Well, sounds like a dream to me. Doubt I'll ever get enough gas money to make it happen but it sure would be fun! LOL

    I hate chemicals too but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Best to save whatever food you can in whatever way you can.

    Blessings to you.

  7. Lorie
    I would love to have you here. It isn't much, but the canning, and cooking and would be wonderful. Maybe you could show me a trick or two.
    It will be over soon. I wouldn't mind it as a lot of folks say, but its the boozing, and bars (pubs) that are bad here. Would you believe that this community of 25,000 has over 20 bars, pubs, lounges and beer gardens? You can figure what sells here. My point.

  8. Sure sounds like something I wouldn't enjoy either! Stay safe and do your errands early. We like to do that to avoid crowds whether there is a big event or not.

    Glad the beef was good. We are enjoying ours too.

    Like you, I have to resort to sprays now and then or I wouldn't have anything at all.

  9. Sorry to hear about all of the things you have to endure during this time of year! Growing up in inner-city St. Louis, such things are part of every day life... suffice to say I am glad that I now live out in the 'country' and away from most of those experiences!

    I try to stick to organic pesticides. My favorite is called diatomaceous earth, which is a powder you sprinkle on your plants. It works very well, but you do have to be careful with its use because it can also harm 'good' insects, too.

  10. Vicki= it sounds awful! i dont like crowds either so you have my sympathy, and the lawlessnes-> well, it sounds dreadful, dont blame you at all for hunkering down indoors and trying to keep well away from it! I wish i could press a button and deliver you here to sleepy Dorset for the two weeks!

    Leanne x