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The Working Mom


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Minnesota Women and Flip-Flops

Do you ever wonder if anyone loves flip-flops as much as Minnesota women love them? My husband does not understand my obsession so will continually ask me if I “really need so many pairs.” (Like they are taking up sooooo much room on the shoe rack in the garage…seriously!) Ah, yeah, I do need them!! During a hallway conversation the other day, I overheard a woman saying she does not own a pair of winter boots and she lives in Minnesota. My amusement turned to a reality check as I remembered that my last pair of true winter thermal boots had hit our garage sale a couple of years ago. But, ah, I do have and love my many pairs of flops—one pair for the store, one pair for going out, one pair for around the house, one of every color so they match my outfits…yes, I match them to my outfits. This might be smart of just a sign of getting old. Please pray for me that I do not have matching plastic jewelry joining the outfit soon. (smile)

It is almost a challenge to us northerners to try to withstand the winter freeze---after all, how bad can it get? Well, there was the winter when I opened up our side garage door and walked into a wall of snow. Oh, and then there was the time when my work vehicle was held hostage in the garage until we could get plowed out. When you are young and waiting for a snow day, we l-o-v-e-d those types of mornings but as adults we laugh and tell about the year that it was “so much worse!” If I am still wearing flip-flops in November, life is good. If I can shovel the driveway in flip-flops because it is 40 degrees out although there is a mound of wet stuff in my way, life is great. If tennis shoes can get me to work and back, it is a super day. Note to self: should contact the local weather station and ask them to start judging the winter weather report by the ability to wear flip-flops or not that day—right Stacy, my flip-flopped friend? Maybe just put a sparkly pair in the corner of the TV monitor.

Of course, this is not the case for our children, so do not share this article with them. They need to be bundled up like a snowman, a spare pair of gloves and a hat at school, boots, and maybe a ski mask for the really chilly days. Their flops are put away in September and are not seen until the next spring….after mud season.

I call flip-flop wearing during the cold season a little gift of adulthood in Minnesota. My possibly off-the-wa .....
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Country Coffee Talk - Egg Coffee

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Columnists

It’s that time of the year when you wouldn’t have to cook for at least a month….church dinners, church dinners, and did I mention church dinners. There’s Ham and Meatball, Salad Luncheon, BBQ & Hot Dogs, Pork Dinner and, of course, the infam ..... 
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A VIEW from the Woods - If a Tree Falls in the Forest…

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

lunch in the garden. Our god-daughter and her husband were visiting Minnesota from their home in Colorado. She was excited to show him the beloved hardwood forest landscape of her childhood. They brought her parents along, and we all soon switched ou ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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“An apple a day may keep the doctor away”, but sour green apples sprinkled liberally with salt (stolen from a neighbor’s tree) definitely do cause a belly ache. I know this from personal experience. Perhaps it was the excitement of stealing ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - 9.29.14

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Where did the summer go?!! Even as I write…in the first sentence we are enjoying the summer side of the road…heat and humidity; the next sentence we’re already on the autumn side of the road…cool and crisp. It’s time to move that favorite ..... 
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A View from the Woods - Peace of Mind

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
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I garden for many reasons, such as fresh food, colorful flowers, butterflies and a lovely landscape. Yet increasingly, I find that I am seeking peace of mind. When it happens, the experience is sublime, hard to describe and fleeting. It can come w ..... 
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The Working Mom - Good Mom Gone Bad

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Just like a good investigative TV show or gossip column would start their juicy story, I have to ask: “When did it all start going wrong?” Where did this mom go bad? Well, it all started as I took a reflection on my history of mothering and de ..... 
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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“Girls just want to have fun,” I explained to my husband when he asked about our latest girls’ weekend. For the last six years my three sisters and two nieces and myself have gone on a vacation together. Our male counterparts who used to pou ..... 
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Blueberry Crumb Cake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave. But here in Minnesota there’s more to wa ..... 
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