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Where I live in Michigan, winter weather gets to be a little overdrawn.  Winter seems like it is never going to end.  My way of coping is to dive into seed catalogs and gardening magazines.  It is like feasting on dessert after you have been on a starvation diet.  All of those plants with their lovely greenery and colorful blooms just lights up the soul and lifts the spirit.  Not only that, but when you are trying to buy fresh produce you quickly realize the high cost of fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter.  Cold frame gardening can help relieve the burden on your wallet if you build a couple of frames to supplement your produce needs.
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       For a person who spent most of this winter freezing tushie…I can’t be sad that our weather has taken a turn for the better (and warmer); however, for my grandchildren who are coming to visit from a much warmer state, I am sad.  They have been hearing about the record snowfall this year here and have been looking forward to playing in the snow.  Last night it rained all night long…surprising us with such a meltdown of snow…that, I personally can’t believe I didn’t wake up in another land, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.   A Spring fling has decided to tease us this February…we didn’t even get our traditional January thaw like usual.

         The temperatures have gone from single digits to the 50 degree mark in less than a week.  All this next week, it will be warmer than normal.  This does not bode well for getting some recovery snow to at least blanket the ground with a soft white appearance for the grandchildren.  The fates are against them seeing the kind of snow of a kids dreams. 

         On the other hand, as a person who pays, and pays dearly, to warm up a big old farm house during these wintry days…I can’t be truly sad about the snow loss.  🙂  I have a secret desire to feel a tropical heatwave…shhhhhh….don’t tell my grandbabies!!!!

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       As a person living in the midwest, in one of the coldest, snowiest winters in the last 25 years…i have to say i was irritated when i read that since President Obama moved into the White House the thermostat has allegedly gone up.  For a man who made it part of his campaign to encourage Americans to sacrifice for the world environment and to take on a personal responsibility regarding climate changes; I am offended by an article that i read today that says the Oval office is like a tropical hot house, warm enough to grow orchids in.  Someone needs to hold this administration accountable in these types of areas…turn down the heat on President Obama.

       Across our nation right now, many Americans are without electric or typical normal heat sources because of an ice storm, that is going to take weeks to fix.  This is during some truly challenging temperatures as our country transitions between winter and spring.

       Part of the perception of the recent, more relaxed environment in the Oval office…meaning that visitors no longer have to wear suit jackets when they enter in like the former administration; is really more about personal comfort levels.  It isn’t mainly about being relaxed in that room as much as it is about it being warm; so that wearing a suit and tie would be really uncomfortable.  While I applaude the more informal feel to this Presidency…I have to say that even the White House staff and aides have commented on the temperature change; including his chief of staff, David Axelrod who  allegedly, made the statement about the orchids growing in there.

         The article I read said something to the effect that even though President Obama comes from Chicago…he was born in Hawaii, and he likes being warm.  Well, no fake…most of us don’t enjoy being colder than is comfortable…but , what about that personal sacrifice he was talking about before?  I dont want to bust his chops on this or any other issue just for the sake of it…but…this subject is a little close to home when my own family has to keep the furnace set on 58-60 degrees because of the necessity of the high cost of heating our home.

        Another, more important reason this is so maddening is that in my home state…there have been several people who have frozen to death.  A man by the name of Marvin E. Schur, 93 years old, froze to death recently in Bay City, Michigan because the electric company put a limiter on his electric service and his home power was shut off…effectively causing his heating source to stop working.  He died…come on…was that President Obama’s fault….no!  However, when i hear polyanna remarks justifying his higher temperature on the thermostat in the Oval office; it makes me angry to know that others are SUFFERING AND DYING when there are others who have so much and are wasteful with it.  It is not right.

        So please President Obama…you have so many other more important things on your plate…turn down the heat in the White House so that your actions match your words and your call for personal responsibility.   That way, those who would otherwise be inspired by you and your goals of helping our nation turn towards more green living and a more positive use of our energy sources can get on board without having to defend your conflict of words and actions!  Be an inspirational leader so that you can have a powerful impact on our country with responsibile energy use.

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       Ashlee Simpson has given birth and is the proud mother of a son named Bronx.  Ashlee and her husband Pete Wentz got married last spring.  This past week there were statements by Jessica Simpson, Ashlee’s sister that said Ashlee was ready to jump up and down or do anything to help bring the little one into the world.  Well, Bronx is finally here.

         He was born Thursday evening.  He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces; was twenty and a half inches long.  Welcome, Bronx Mowgli Wentz.  Congratulations to their family and friends.

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        In honor of spring i made a spring salad.  I used to make it for the residents in the nursing home that i worked in a few years back.  They loved it.  🙂

        My family….doesn’t love it as much.  So, i had to make a small batch.  It is a small bag of frozen peas unthawed, a dollop or two of mayonaise or salad dressing depending on which you prefer, chopped up small pieces of onion, celery stalk, cucumber as well as some shredded low fat cheddar cheese.  It is good with some small bits of bacon as well…however, i didn’t have any.  Mix together with a small shake or two of balsamic vinegar and whaaaaaa laaaa  you have a marvelous spring salad.

        My family doesn’t know what they are missing; and, I on the other hand…have a lovely spring salad to eat with my lunch time sandwiches for the next 2 or 3 days.

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      It is official, the punk (Punxsutawney Phil) says six more weeks of winter.  Now Phil, the groundhog from Punxsutawney, Pa about 65 miles  northeast of Pittsburgh, Pa; he says he is never wrong.  Many believe him. 

      He does have nay sayers though….General B. Lee, Phil’s competition from Georgia did not see his shadow.  I don’t know about you…but, this girl is sick of winter…so i choose to go with General Lee. 

      It may be denial and all…but if so, i happily choose to believe that spring will come early.  Denial may be the only way i happen to get through what’s left of winter this year.  It is cold, costly and downright annoying to be stuck in a world of perpetual white for 6 months out of the year, i say!

      By the by, it is also my sister in law’s birthday….have to remember to call her and say…do you know what day this is?  No matter whether she says it is her birthday or whether she says it is ground hog’s day…i can say why NO, it is the opposite of which ever one she chooses.  What fun!  Happy Birthday…or Happy Ground Hog’s Day…which ever you choose to celebrate.

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       This December has been the most extreme weather we have had in quite some time.  Between rain, sleet, snow, slush and thaw…it has been quite a slide show.

       Today the sun is shinning and green grass is showing in little peek-a-boo spots.  For the last week…we have had blizzards twice and freezing rain…and a variety of other weather patterns.  But, i must admit…seeing the sun showing it sunny face is a definate mood lifter.

        My son asked if it was Spring today.  Sadly, no it is not…but…still…it is a nice thought.

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