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Country Coffee Talk 2.23.15


By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Get ready! Here comes that fifth season called March…will it come in like a lion or lamb; do we really have to beware of “The Ides of March”; will your favorite movie win the Academy Awards; will you give up something important for Lent? Or will it just be spring one day and a blizzard the next. Seems like everyone I know has headed for the sun country and they’re sending beautiful Facebook pictures of the “warm” sunsets, ocean and white sands, while sipping those cute drinks with umbrellas, either from Mexico, Florida, California, arthritis free Arizona…it’s a horse apiece (to quote my husband). I think he meant any place warm would be better than here…it wouldn’t really matter where it was. Well, we’re still stuck here digging out from the latest wintry mix storm.

That little colloquialism, “it’s a horse apiece”, got me wondering where it came from and what does it mean. Turns out no one seems to know for sure where it came from, but most think it may have originated in the midwest…Wisconsin/Minnesota (we get credit for a lot of things worse than this). One suggestion was a dice game called “horse” played in bars in Wisconsin, when two players had each lost a turn they are said to have “a horse apiece”. It was played for beers and actually it was better to loose than win. My grandson had never heard of the saying but offered they used to play a game called “HORSE” when shooting baskets. I can remember that game….you got an “H” after missing a basket that someone else had made until the word horse was finally spelled out (or something like that). Interesting but somehow I don’t think this saying comes from that either.

It seems to mean “more or less equal”, “it could go either way”, “it’s undecided”, or it’s just another way of saying “six of one, half a dozen of the other”. I really don’t think anyone under age 40 has ever heard of it and then only if they have parents over 65 years.

But I digress…even if March does drive us crazy with the weather, the seed catalogues still keep pouring in, giving us hope that spring will come. So, I might as well sit back, put an umbrella in my cup of coffee and enjoy those Facebook pictures. Maybe even order some seeds from one of the catalogues. I think “it’s a horse apiece”, which catalogue I choose.

Oh…and we can’t forget Happy Birthday wishes to George! This Cherry Almond Sco .....
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A View From the Woods - Enduring trees

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The view out my windows is all about trees. This morning bare branches wave and tall trunks sway in he frigid wind. For a brief few moments at sunrise, the sky glows pink behind the black tracery of living wood. Yesterday’s snow clings to horizont ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. 2-2-15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
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I love Minnesota in the spring. I love Minnesota in the summer. I love Minnesota in the fall. I do not love Minnesota in the winter At all! Blizzards, ice storms, wind chills, and slippery roads are not my definition of fun. Getting up at ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Have a bran-tastic day

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
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Those who know me may be aware of the fact that I am not a morning person. Perhaps it is a holdover from years of working night shifts; I do not know. If you call my house before nine a.m., prepare to leave a message. I may be awake, but I am not ..... 
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Sue's Muse 1.4.16

By Sue Ommen

Sun, Jan 4th, 2015
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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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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 ..... 
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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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Climate Chaos We shivered through November days colder than ever before in Minnesota. Last spring was extremely wet. Summer was extraordinarily cool and pleasant. I recall the summer before was excruciatingly hot and humid. Rainfalls seem to com ..... 
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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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