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Waiting for Something to Happen


By Becky Hoff

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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This is the time of year in which we are all waiting for something to happen. That ‘something’ is of course, spring. We’re all eagerly awaiting signs that the arctic landscape has not become a permanent fixture in our lives.

Here is what I have noticed so far.

The sun rose today at 6:47 a.m., and will set at 6:03 p.m. Today the daylight will last for 11 hours and 15 minutes. Back on December 8, the sun rose at 7:39 a.m. and set at 4:31 p.m. We had daylight for 8 hours and 52 minutes. We’ve gained 2 hours and 23 minutes since December 8 - this is significant!

The snow is slushy. Well, sometimes it is. You don’t get slushy snow in January, unless you’re having some sort of freak heat wave. That definitely did not happen this winter. January snow looks different from March snow. March snow is sloppy and heavy and frankly quite annoying to deal with. But it’s a sign of progress!

Twig tips are getting ‘feathery’. No, they’re not budding yet! But our trees can feel change in the wind, even if we can’t. Buds were produced last summer, but are kept well protected through the winter. If you look at the outline of a tree against the sky in December, the lines are very sharp. As we progress towards spring, the twig tips start to swell and look a bit more feathery against the backdrop of the sky. If this doesn’t seem very pronounced right now, just keep observing. It’ll become noticeable soon!

You can occasionally wear cotton instead of wool socks, and your feet don’t freeze. This is a huge deal, scientists should really make an official study of this. The day I can wander around my drafty old house bare footed will be the official start of spring for me.

And lastly, the time to start seedlings is approaching! I will be starting seedlings late this month and into April, and eventually those seedlings will be placed outside in their beds, in weather that will not immediately kill them. The weather will turn warmer and warmer, and my seedlings will (hopefully) flourish into nice big tomato and pepper plants. Can’t. Wait.

So there you have it! Five signs that spring is approaching. The sock thing alone is cause for rejoicing.

Today’s recipe is for nice and spicy homemade tacos. This is the recipe that I use when I make tacos, and after a year or so of tweaking I’ve finally got it the way I want it. You can adjust the he .....
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Bacon Rice Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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Move over Arnold S., “The Baconator” has replaced “The Terminator” in American pop culture! The pulse of the nation is on bacon, and it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Bacon frying is one of my favorite smells.....right up there with b ..... 
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Heath Bar Brownie Trifle

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of special days to celebrate. Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl started the month out on February 2 ... both worthy of celebrating ... at least right up until ..... 
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Your Digital Health

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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In this day and age, it seems everything can be enhanced with technology—even your health. We all know that figuratively within our own backyards, we have some of the most technologically advanced research labs and medical care facilities, thanks ..... 
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A perfect winter day

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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I rose early to make scones and prepare an egg bake. Our company was coming at midmorning and our brunch must be ready to serve. It pleased me to realize that the eggs came from the neighbors, the uncured ham from over near Rushford, the milk from C ..... 
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Musings from the back porch - Cornish Pastie Pie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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The frantic and hectic pace of Christmas, 2013 is but a distant memory, and cold, dark dreary January, February and March lie before us. Could I not be more gloomy and cheerless? Yeah, I probably could as I have to admit, these are not my favorite mo ..... 
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The urge to hide under blankets and wait for spring

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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January- the month of the hermit. Every January I am inclined to batten down the hatches, stock up on library books, and drink endless cups of coffee. This is preferably done while huddled under a blanket and anxiously awaiting spring. Cold weather ..... 
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It’s a love-hate relationship

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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Do you have many Love-Hate relationships in your life? I have a few and seem to find more everyday. I will preface this article by saying that I am truly grateful for everything and everyone in my life but am just acknowledging those “augh!” mom ..... 
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Editor’s Everyday Etiquette

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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Greetings readers, welcome to 2014... a new year filled with those difficult resolutions and so many opportunities to better yourself, right? One year to get in that daily work out that always makes it to the bottom of the to-do list, 52 weeks to cu ..... 
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