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Strange Cargo


Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, February 11, 2002

When my wife and I used to travel some years ago we would bring back certain mementoes. I should explain that these were not souvenirs in the sense that we did not buy things in shops or flea markets. For an example; when we were in Cape Breton, my wife watched women carding wool and spinning it into strands of what is called homespun. She bought a hundred pounds of it and had it shipped back home. We now have a hundred pounds of sweaters, caps and stuff all made from homespun that she acquired on our trip to Nova Scotia.

There was another thing that she bought while on that trip through eastern Canada. While we were in New Brunswick, she found Lobster Traps on sale for only $3.00 each. She bought one and we lugged it along for the next three weeks while we wound our way home. It remained in our basement for the next fifteen years while she decided what she was going to do with it.

While on that same trip, I found something that I had wanted ever since I was a small boy, a set of Bagpipes! I was able to buy them, but I had to promise that I would never try to play them while my wife was in ear shot, which meant that she had to be in the next county or better yet for her, out of state. Well, since I couldnt find any music teacher in Flabbergast County that knew any thing about them, they too remained in the basement along with the Lobster Trap.

The following year we were able to spend about six weeks exploring the southwest; Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and possibly Texas. While on an Indian reservation somewhere along the trip, my wife bought some silver and turquoise jewelry and about a hundred pounds of dried red peppers. I was able to find something that I had always wanted for as long as I could remember, hand tooled leather cowboy boots! When we got our treasures back home, my wife converted the one hundred pounds of red peppers into about a thousand pounds of Salsa. It took me about an hour and a half to pull on those cowboy boots and then I tried them out with a short hike through the woods.

Have you ever tried walking uphill and downhill through the woods in a very tight fitting pair of cowboy boots? Dont! When I got back to the house, I had to lay flat on my back with my feet elevated for an hour and half until the swelling in my feet went down and my wife and two of the neighbors were able to pry the boots off my feet. Those hand tooled leather boots joined the Lobster Trap .....
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Academy Awards for Mothers

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, January 28, 2001

We are entering the seasonal no-mans landthe time between winter and spring that is even more difficult to define this year because of the unseasonably warm weather.

Its easiest for me to just think of it as ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Lost

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

My hands clutch the steering wheel and the cord of the CB radio. My knuckles must be as white as the snow that imprisons me in my car. The strong competent voice of my husband comes over the radio: "Nan, where are you? ..... 
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Squirrelly Southeastern Minnesota

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, February 4, 2002

While a select few see them as game to be hunted and eaten and some folks think they are cute and fun to observe, most Bluffland area residents view squirrels as just two or three sp ..... 
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Plan your Kitchen Garden Now

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, Febraury 4, 2002

My favorite catalog for salad greens is 'The Cook's Garden.' They started as a family operation in 1983 with a single page of lettuces and exotic salad crops; now they are a very successful, nationally ..... 
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Hope for a man with a big head

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, February 11, 2002

I went to a seminar last week and tried to pay attention. Speaker after speaker talked about how they had to wear many hats in their jobs. This made me start thinking about hats. My mind wandered. I, too, wear many ha ..... 
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Two Journal writers have books in the works

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, Febraury 4, 2001

Two Journal contributors have been busily working on books that should be coming out in the next few months.

Nancy Overcott

Nancy Overcott, whose column At Home in the Woods appears regularly in the Jour ..... 
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