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Working Mom - 12.15.14


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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It’s the Most Wonderful

Time of the Year

Who remembers getting apples, nuts, and hard candy in a brown bag after their Sunday School Christmas program? I do and am not sure why, but my parents never seemed to be worried about me choking on the hard candy. Hmmm…

During this wonderful season of lights, homemade cookies, and spending time with family, there are many other things that remind us of our childhood. Let’s see if any of you have these same memories:

1. Going to bed at 6:00 p.m. so Santa would come sooner.

2. Hearing details from a kid at school on how to unwrap a present under the tree so your parents would never know. I didn’t dare try that one.

3. Having tinsel stuck to your socks all day.

4. Getting yelled at because the Christmas baking is “not for us!” (With my mother’s sentiments ringing in my ears, I told my husband this year that our baking is just like the marine in the movie A Few Good Men…it was not to be touched!)

5. Elf on the Shelf---nope, I don’t remember that either. Our Christmas game growing up was a self-invented and called “Count Your Presents” and hope to have more under the tree than your brothers.

6. Pray the NUP prayer every night---No Underwear Please

7. I specifically remember asking for but not getting the Barbie Dream house with Corvette, Easy-Bake Oven, a piano, and a sister. And, although I thought death was surely upon me on December 25th when they were not in my gift pile, I actually survived not getting them. And, it was nice be the only girl with three brothers.

8. Lefse on Christmas morning….with brown sugar, of course.

9. And, lastly… giving my parents a big hug and kiss after opening my presents. With both of them having passed on, this is the one memory that I treasure the most. I guess we have to grow up to know the time we had with our parents and family was the best present of all.

Peace, love, and happiness to you and your family this Christmas season.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder~

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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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Once upon a time long, long ago in the small village of Preston; brothers Marshall and Herman Ebert owned a hardware store on the corner across the street from the Park Hotel. It stocked manly man stuff like shovels, hoes, rakes, lawn mowers and whe ..... 
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A View From the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
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Becky's Food Tales

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
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By: Becky Hoff The Plight of the Pumpkin My friends, this is not a good time of year to be a pumpkin. In truth, it’s not a good time to be any sort of squash, but the round orange guys really get it this time of year. In October the frenzy bega ..... 
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The Working Mom

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
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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 u ..... 
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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
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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
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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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