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A little bit of this, A little bit of that.


By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

Whether the weather be cold,

Whether the weather be hot,

We’ll whether the weather

Whether we like it or not!

I am not liking the tropical weather we have been experiencing lately. It is good for the hostas, but hard on the humans. The heat and humidity requires most of us to wear shorts, t-shirts, sandals, sunscreen, and sunglasses. In order to distract myself from the temperatures, I have started reading the messages on t-shirts. I find they fall into these categories: sports teams, exotic vacations, festivals and concerts, accomplishments, or simply humorous. I have worn some of each myself.

Twins t-shirts and Vikings t-shirts are popular. I have also seen many green and gold Greenbay Packer items. Hard to believe, but some Minnesotans are Packer backers (the traitors)!

What’s the fun of going on a vacation if you can’t brag about it? Hence shirts proclaiming: Athens, Rome, Hawaii, Cape Cod, London, and Houston, Minnesota.

Recently I saw an older woman wearing a black t-shirt with white lettering proclaiming “Beatles forever”. I used to have a “Stones” t-shirt, but it wore out. Not willing to let it go, I tore it up and used it for dust rags. Dusting was more fun with Mick singing in my head.

If you have done something hard or unusual, there is usually a t-shirt involved. For instance, I would be proud to wear a shirt saying, “I climbed Mount Everest”. That would be a big, fat lie! I would be proud to wear a shirt proclaiming I had run a five mile marathon. That would also be a big, fat lie. I do have a shirt bragging that “I kissed the Blarney Stone”. That is the truth. Now that is not exactly the same as climbing Mount Everest, but there were a lot of tiny curving steps to reach the top of Blarney Castle in order to kiss that stone.

My favorite t-shirts sport humorous messages. I often wonder if the people who write these messages get paid a lot. I think they should because of all the entertainment they provide to the owner of the shirt and random people who read the message. Some of my favorites include: “Trophy husband”, “I ain’t Dead Yet”, “Lutheran Chick”, “I’m Not Saying It’s Your Fault; I’m Just Blaming You”. I purchased a black shirt at the Smithsonian that reads, “A little REBELLION now and then is a good thing”. That is a quote from Thomas Jefferson so I usually wear it o .....
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Real Bites - The Cracked Egg An international diner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Right next to the Lanesboro bp Food Shop, you’ll find a place that many people refer to as the old Chat-N-Chew. Yes, it was the Chat-N-Chew for many years, but now there’s a new chef in town by the name of Adam Mindrum. And, Adam has brought ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Have you ever been “The New Kid on the Block”? And just who is the new kid on the block? Believe it or not, this phrase was coined in the U.S. and first seen in the 1940s in the cartoon “Skippy”. There are many synonyms used to describe “ ..... 
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A View From the Woods - 7.20.15

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
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Garden Artistry Picture a warm, breezy evening. Four of the most beautiful gardens in the county await as you set off on a tour exploring how four gardeners created their individual artistic expressions on the landscape. With great anticipation, yo ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from your garden: Kale and Potato Gratin

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
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Earlier this year I planted four kale seedlings in my garden, and then totally forgot about them. Kale is a simple leafy green from the brassica family (which means it’s related to cabbages and broccoli, among other plants) and has been cultivated ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 6.22.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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“Back in the day When there were Preston Bluejays, There was the Victory Café.” It was located next to what is now the Preston IGA. Lunch specials were served daily; but each one contained real mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and some canne ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - 6.15.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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It’s that time of the year when uninvited guests arrive….and I don’t mean relatives. It’s that little social insect…ANTS. Ants are social because they live and work together, where they feed and protect one another. Actually they are an ..... 
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A View From the Woods - The Earth’s Call

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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One of my favorite publications, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener, just arrived in my mailbox. It is a dense mixture of updates on organic farming policy, tips for the gardener, and farsighted explorations of emerging issues. From the esoteric t ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Grow your own

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
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Early June is an exciting time of year in Minn. Warm weather has finally come, and everything is full on green and beautiful! Flowers are blooming, and tender seedlings are being planted to give us lovely summer veggies. Young and fragile pepper and ..... 
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