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A little of this, A little of that.


By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
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Help! I am surrounded by descendants of the Vikings. No, they are not looting and pillaging. Before the recent thaw, these hardy, healthy people persisted in skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice fishing. Obviously, their genes make them impervious to even the most brutal Minnesota winters. They scoff at snow, ice, subzero temperatures and wind chill factors. These outdoor enthusiasts ignore the threat of frostbite, and mock me for staying indoors. This extreme behavior even carries over to inside their homes. I know some Scandinavians who consider “house cleaning” an Olympic event!

My people come from Ireland, which has a more temperate climate than Norway or Sweden. We prefer to jig rather than jog. It is more fun to sing than to sweat. We are a social people with very fair skin. So my people gather in pubs to avoid sunburn. We shoot the blarney and renew our friendship with Guiness and Jameson. Our outdoor time is spent looking for leprechauns, usually after the pubs have closed.

Shopping is my favorite activity in any weather. In fact, I think it should be an Olympic event. Shopping rates higher on the enjoyment scale for me than housecleaning. My husband says everyone in my family has the “shopping gene”. Aren’t we the lucky ones!

I also spend time with my computer, taking those psychological quizzes that pop up on the internet. I recently took one that explained what hobbies reveal about your personality. I found this quiz to be very accurate. Readers, you will have to judge for yourselves. Think about one or two activities that you enjoy doing. Shopping or exercising do not count!

If you like knitting or crocheting, you are probably calm, because these activities relieve stress. They are as good as meditation for your mind and body. These are not calming for me, because ripping out stitches annoys me. People who can actually follow a pattern and produce a beautiful handmade product are natural nurturers.

If cooking is your “cup of tea”, you have discerning tastes and are always hunting for new recipes to feed family and friends. This ability to try new things keeps you up to date on pop culture and makes you a fearless leader in any situation.

People who are artistic and tenderhearted enjoy scrapbooking. They use their creativity to put friends and family in the spotlight. This makes them very popular and a treasured guest at celebratio .....
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A View From The Woods - Desperately seeking spring

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
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Finally, a couple of sunny February days arrive to let the passive solar rays stream through our southern windows and warm up the house. As outdoor temperatures rise toward the freezing point, a day or two without lighting the wood stove allows me t ..... 
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The Working Mom - 2.15.16

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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A wife and supper—the saga continues Warning: All of the good wives reading this column may gasp or be shaking their heads in disbelief after getting through the first few paragraphs of this column. However, the truth shall set me free---just k ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
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Let’s play a word association game. I’ll type a word and you say the first word or phrase that comes to mind. FEBRUARY. I’m guessing that men probably thought “super bowl”. I’m guessing that women thought “Valentines Day”. Some ..... 
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A View from the Woods 1.25.16

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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Winter withdrawal After the flurry of holiday gatherings and celebrations comes a welcome few days of bringing life back down to earth. While I love traditions and connecting with my friends and relatives, I am somewhat of an introvert too. I linge ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that...1.11.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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I wish all those old sayings were really true. Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Well, if you have to get up early to go to work; you probably have to go to bed early. This keeps you gai ..... 
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Sue's Muse 1.4.16

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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Gilbert, the food addict Gilbert is a food addict. I thought this comment a comical assessment, as all dogs seem to be obsessed by food. An image comes to mind of my childhood black lab, Scout, gobbling the grilled hamburgers resting on a plate on ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales: A simple soup to start the new year

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
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The week after Christmas often leaves folks feeling a bit full and fuzzy headed. The combination of holiday travel, weather, winter colds and a series of rich holiday meals tends to leave us in a funk that can be hard to shake. I know for a fa ..... 
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The Working Mom 12.21.15

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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Remember when we had to wait? Happy Holidays to you and Merry Christmas! By the time you are reading this article, there will be just a few days left before Christmas Day. Hopefully, if you celebrate this season, all of your gifts are purchased ..... 
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