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My Snowy Valentine

  It’s Valentine’s Day. (Happy Valentine’s to those who celebrate.) It’s also snowing here in Central Minnesota. (Happy Snow Day to those who celebrate.) It’s the kind of snow that whips about randomly as it’s falling. Not terribly heavy so even though it’s been snowing all day, there’s not much accumulation. I’ve been out in it a few times today, first to walk the dog, then to make a Walmart run for a new dog…

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Gelatin Versus Gelatine

I have been working on our taxes for the past couple of days. Thankfully, I’ve gotten through the federal forms, just the state left to do. Taxes sap my mental energy such that I have difficulty contemplating the following conundrum: Why is an off-brand (in this case Food Club) of gelatin called gelatin, but the Knox brand (which is synonymous for gelatin) called gelatine? I would assume the extra ‘e’ on gelatin is Knox’s way…

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Olio – February 2, 2016

Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things Happy Groundhog Day! The fat, disinterested rodent didn’t see his shadow, so spring is supposedly coming early. Although with the warm temps this past weekend, we don’t need a rodent to forecast this for us. While we wait for spring, here are items of interest from my online browsing. From The Coffeelicious on Medium – “The Discontent Optimist” – In my middle age I have become wary of too…

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Winter Thaw

I’ve got a backlog of blog topics to cover and meant to get to this sooner today, but too much to do, too little time so I’m going for the easy and the visual this evening. Over the weekend, we experienced temps in the 40s, which is unusual for Minnesota in January. This is the point at which winter typically reaches its stride and we’re all going a little stir-crazy because we’ve been cooped up…

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Power Outage (in more ways than one)

This morning, a little after 8 a.m., the power went out in our little hamlet. Flicker of the lights, beep of the smoke detectors, thought it might come back right away, but no. Time to call the power company. Ah, but the home phone has an electric base, so there was no way to call out from it. Naturally, the internet and television were inoperable as well. Good thing we get a paper bill from…

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