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A little of this, A little of that. - 1.12.15


By Kathy Little

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Gas fuels vehicles, coffee fuels people, chocolate fuels souls. That’s how I see the world, and I didn’t even start drinking coffee until I was in my twenties. Before that I got my energy (caffeine) from a can of Coke or Pepsi. My mother drank coffee religiously. “Don’t bother me until I’ve had at least one cup of coffee” was her refrain. I tried it as a kid and found it foul, bitter and vile. Coffee drinkers appeared to be a strange adult cult to me. My mother hosted coffee parties for the neighbors, adults took coffee-breaks and some adults couldn’t even eat a cookie or a doughnut without dunking it in coffee. This was way before Starbucks!

Then when I started teaching, all the other teachers drank coffee in the lounge and made fun of my can of pop. I decided that in order to appear more mature and sophisticated, I would have to drink this muddy liquid. It took about a week. I drank it with milk. Soon I craved it. I loved the smell of it brewing and how it “perked me up” (pun intended). Coffee made the morning bearable. Finally I understood my mother.

Since then I have spent many mornings drinking coffee and watching the birds. I have had stimulating conversations with other coffee drinkers. Coffee has motivated me to correct papers, clean house and make lists. It has made me more efficient. Coffee breaks are wonderful, particularly with sweet treats. I still don’t dunk because I don’t like crumbs in my coffee cup or mug. Coffee cup seems like such a quaint idea today. This is the age of the mug, particularly the travel size insulated mug that doesn’t spill when you are walking or driving. It is so good that people have two hands: one to hold their coffee mug and one to hold their cell phone. No wonder that shoulder strap bags are so popular and essential.

Some people even have coffee mug collections. I do! When not driving or walking, I carefully select a different mug from my kitchen cupboard. I used to have a metal mug stand on my kitchen counter, but I kept grabbing a mug while half asleep and tipping it over. After breaking some mugs, I sold it at a garage sale to a woman who claimed to collect mug stands. Who knew.

My coffee mug collection consists of gifts from friends who know me well and others that I have specifically purchased. A friend gave me a mug with a woman with wild red hair surrounded by books. She is referred to on the mug as “Book Woman”. Another mug .....
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Country Coffee Talk 1.05.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Here we are in the month of January 2015, named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces…one allowed him to look forward into the coming year and one backwards into the past year. Typically, January is the coldest month of the year and the Vik ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Easing Up

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Easing Up In the depths of winter, a gardener may be grateful for the respite from labor, but our thoughts turn toward the coming spring. Seed catalogs beckon and we dream of creating a better garden next year. We are all growing older, and our b ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation seeks new VISTA partner sites

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Do you need an extra hand in creating capacity and support in your organization? Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is seeking proposals from organizations ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

I make my dog wear a Christmas sweater (and other holiday traditions) The Christmas season is such a crazy-busy time! Shopping, baking, travel plans, holiday parties, sending out cards- I could go on, but we all know what we have on our plates th ..... 
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Festive Christmas events planned at Historic Lenora Church

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

During the Advent and Christmas Season, festive events are planned at the historic (1856) Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. The wood stove with crackle with heat on winter, snowy nights and the oi ..... 
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Happenings in Henrytown

By Winifred Eiken

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Josh Smith entertained Schultz family Sunday for brunch at Wings in Dorchester, Iowa in honor of his mom, Theresa Newgard’s birthday. Grandpa Gary and Gramma Pat were also guests of the family celebration. Diane Schultz (Mrs. Norman), Pleasant Grov ..... 
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Birth announcement - Maya Marie Olson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Maya Marie Olson was born November 24, 2014 to Matt and Lindsey Olson of Chatfield. Maya weighed 6 lb, 14 oz and was 19.5” long. Grandparents are Bill & Diane Wojtkiewicz of Preston, Glenda Olson of Spring Valley.

Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

It’s time to put out the welcome mat and set the table for the birds. Winter in Minn. can be a difficult time for us and for our feathered friends with windy days and cold nights. Turns out bird feeding can be very enjoyable and therapeutic for us ..... 
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