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A little bit of this A little bit of that - 5.11.15


By Kathy Little

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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“Harmony” according to the dictionary means “peaceable or friendly relations”. To teens in the 1960s, “Harmony” meant Harmony, Minn., the “date night capital” of Fillmore County! That’s because it had a drive-in root beer stand, a theater, and a roller rink that turned into a dance hall every Wednesday night during the summer months. It couldn’t get any better than that. Preston had a bowling alley and a swimming pool, and Lanesboro had a great park. Harmony’s only competition for “young lovers” was Spring Valley with a drive-in root beer stand and an outdoor movie theater.

Summer record hops were the most fun because you didn’t have to have a date; just a posse. My girlfriends and I would find a driver and then each one of us would chip in a quarter for gas and away we would go. The record hop only cost a dollar so it was “good clean fun” as long as you didn’t spend any time in a car in the back parking lot which only had one street light.

Some people took “breaks” during the record hop and returned with smeared lipstick, messy hair and satisfied smiles. I was never one of them. My friends and I were “good girls”. We knew that some people smoked, drank, and did “heaven knows what” during those breaks. We were above all of that. It could have been that we were never asked to take a “break” in one of those parked cars!

But back to the dance. It was NOT a sock hop. We wore shoes. Good grief this was a floor tough enough to withstand roller skates! Only in schools ruled by the janitorial staff did people have to take off their shoes so they wouldn’t scuff the gym floor. We rock and rolled to tunes like “Wake up, Little Susie” by Ricky Nelson, “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” by Leslie Gore, and “The Twist” by Chubbie Checker. Everyone knew how to dance from watching Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” or they faked it. Anyone could improvise doing “The Swim”!

The man who owned the roller rink maintained order, played the tunes, and even tried to help out “wallflowers” and “shy guys” by announcing the ‘”flashlight dance”. Lights were dimmed, steady couples danced to a slow tune and he, with flashlight in hand”, would point the flashlight at a guy and a girl; and they were suppose to dance together. It was more like an order because everyone wanted to stay on his good side. It was exciting and scary and .....
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Coffee Talk 5.4.15 - Correction

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Corrections to last week’s Country Coffee Talk: 7 tablespoons of flour was omitted from the filling part of the recipe. See below for correct recipe. Rhubarb Custard Bars Crust: 2 cups flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup cold butter Combine flour & s ..... 
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Coffee Talk - 4.5.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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Get Happy!! It’s porch season, which makes it harder to focus on work. “If I never see another snowflake, I’ll consider the rest of my life a success” (at least not until next winter)….something I read and totally agree with now that it ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Fits and Starts

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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The coming of spring is a process of two steps forward and one step back. The season is all mixed up with long weeks of warmth followed by seemingly endless stretches of cold, wet, windy awfulness. Control freaks are impatient, cranky or depressed ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - What’s in the garden today?

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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I took a stroll around my garden yesterday to see what signs of life I could find. Early spring flowers are not plentiful in my yard, but it’s nice to see the tiger lilies shooting up their leaves, and a tiny patch of bloodroot is showing off ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 4.6.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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“Birds of a feather really do flock together” in Houston during the International Owl Festival in March! This is the second year my garden club, “The Forget-me nots”, has catered the food for the “Meet and Greet” where members, owl l ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk 3.30.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
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It was a rainy spring day and I was enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, when my spouse announced today was the day the cattle needed to come home for ear tagging. Of course, all other help was busy but that didn’t change my spouse’s mind…the ..... 
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A view From the Woods - Through a Child’s Eyes

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
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We left home during a below zero cold snap and returned a couple of weeks later to full-on springtime. While we were lounging around the sandy Mexican beach under coconut trees, soaking up the warmth, Minnesota experienced the big thaw. Driving h ..... 
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becky's Food Tales - Hummus- Really Easy, Very Good

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
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Hummus- Really Easy, Very Good Hummus is a Middle Eastern spread made from blending just the right amounts of tahini (also known as sesame seed paste), chickpeas, lemon juice and olive oil. With a pinch of salt and a little garlic, you have a fla ..... 
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