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Say Something Good about Winter
March 26, 2017
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We've had snow drops (flowers) daffodils, violets now, many of the trees are budding out. Cherries starting to bloom. Many crocus... I need to plant more. My peppermint and chives are returning, strawberries too.

I love red buds. We don't have those on the west coast, but they have them in Oklahoma. Have only seen them a few times.

I wish I would either get over the cough, or it would quit raining. I'm afraid to go out long enough for a long walk the way I am.

March 27, 2017
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If it was still winter, I would not have hay fever

March 28, 2017
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Get a friend to wash all your linen if you're too sick, open the windows to air out the room, then crawl under the covers with a hairdryer until you break your fever. Then, change all your sheets again.

I'm trying to be helpful. Maybe you should be glad I don't have any kids.

April 8, 2017
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chuckle.... yes periodically I strip the bed of all those thick blankets I keep on for winter, and air it all out. Purge, vacuum under stuff...

It's been windy and rainy here, and I just stayed in and suffered miserably last night. Must get out to walk today, sun is finally shining and it's lovely. But just not warm enough. I may seriously have to move to Arizona or something.

April 9, 2017
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I second the emotion.

December 9, 2017
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Winter is OK as long as I'm warm and dry.

We had an unexpected snowstorm as the boss only watches national news. Fortunately, something told me to hustle and get my articles done ahead of time so they were filed 1-2 hours before the power went out.

So, The EVO! and I went for a walk this morning in about 8 inches of snow. It was nice snow. I brushed it off the car with a broom and was able to back out of the drive even though it was above my wheelbase. So, we came upon a field of pure slush. It was glorious, crystal clear slush of the finest consistency, not icy-grainy, not too wet, just right. I marched around in it for some time before realizing there was enough perfect slush to march all day. I sang stupid songs as I went, about how much I love slush. (I don't think anybody was around to hear.) The EVO! merely followed obediently. It was heaven.

Then, EVO! had her time in the powder. Sometimes it was to the top of her "wheelbase" and she attacked it like a plow. She loves to eat snow, and all she had to do was open her mouth for stretches at a time.

Then, there was the nasty part about getting back to the office. The power had gone out last night. I had soaked the fur in my boots -my least favorite part of winter. But as we arrived, the power came back on, and we lived happily ever after - even though the fur in my boots is still soggy wet.

The EVO! has tender feet, and she hates to walk on either granules of ice or salt. She didn't have that problem, as we were on pure and driven snow. Regardless, I put Musher's Secret on her paws, but I couldn't remember what it was called, so I kept calling it "Musher Tom." Y'all remember Musher Tom, right?

December 11, 2017
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Musher Tom reads once in a while, and occasionally sends me an email. He could never log back onto this thing, no idea why not.

Tender feet for dogs, try Tiger Balm or vaseline. Bag Balm is another good rub. Nivea too.

The Inuits have like 20 different names for snow, depending on if it's slushy, clear, powder etc. I confess to liking powder the best, as you don't slip and crack your skull with that.

We've been lucky no power outages YET. No snow, but very crystal clear at night... the Christmas lights on my street are all sparkly and pretty, and so are the stars... very clear. Just very very cold. Almost freezing over night.

I do not wear my furry boots in the snow. I have three pairs of wellies for that purpose. Everyone wears wellies here. In designer colors and stuff, flowers, plaids... I have one pair with chickens on them.

Arizona sounds better and better. Only it's not near the ocean Cry

December 12, 2017
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I'd love to wear Wellies, but anytime I've bought them, they've cracked within a week or two. I walk funny.

Sunday, The EVO! and I were out walking in eight inches of snow in the woods. Many tree boughs were laden with snow and drooped and fixed. I took to slapping them or kicking them. They'd spring back, and I, in my juvenile EVO! voice would say, "Wake up!" Then, I found a branch, straight and about 12' long. I began using it like a magic wand. I could now hit the high branches. I felt like a fairy princess. "Wake up!" I would say, touch them with my wand, and they'd go back to their happy place.

As I proceeded, I considered it was not nice to fool with Mother Nature. The trees were probably mad at me because now they would have to spread their xylem and phloem to these weak and weakened branches instead of focusing it on a manageable number of healthy branches. Even so, it was fun. "Wake up!" I persisted.

Then, I realized my keys were gone. The EVO! and I spent the rest of our walking time retracing my steps. The way she ducks and dodges, it could easily be 10' off the beaten path. The next day, I concluded it would cost about $480 to get a new one. So much for Christmas gifting and such. Then, today, after much prayer and such, I espied my key in what was now only four inches of snow. Just a piece of black was visible in the snow amongst all the bark, leaves, and other pieces of stuff that had fallen; but the reflectivity, exactly the matte I had seen in my mind's eye. It was like earning $500 an hour.

Yay.

Without car access, I had to walk The EVO! back on icy, shoulderless roads in Christmas traffic, as we had lost them on a trail behind a local mall. Fortunately, all but one of the highway overpasses were under construction, so we got to walk behind concrete barriers instead of in traffic. So, now the boss wants me to get a big, obnoxious key chain. I need something big and colorful that can pass through security in airports and government buildings, but that won't strangle or beam the dog or mess the car when the dog starts chewing on it when I'm driving. Any ideas? Feathers would remain aloft, but I'm sure the dog would eat them. I kind of like the idea of a tennis ball, but surely some goon is going to mistake it for a plastic explosive, confiscate it, and leave me out $500 again.

December 14, 2017
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Used to be big fluffy fuzzy things you could attach to your keys and not lose them. They came in incredible neon colors, day glow green and pink. Hard to lose. I've seen keys attached to big sticks too, the sticks doubling as protection device. How about a stash bag you can wear on your back and keep vital things in?

Goto a fishing store, or sporting goods, and ask them if they have the little flotation devices you can attach your keys to. Those are very brightly colored too and hard to lose.

December 17, 2017
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The flotation devices is a good idea. I forgot about losing the keys in a stream. Some of my favorite ideas were a clay pipe, a Barbie doll, and a banjo. I settled for a bracelet. I was burned after somebody walked off with all my bangles I was using as a key chain many moons ago up in Chicagoland. I had my keys under my seat at a concert. After the show, they were not. Every security guard was consulted. Every piece of trash in every garbage bin was sifted. We assumed they had to have walked off, not like somebody would mistake that key chain as theirs.

The downside was it was a Saturday night. The locksmith wouldn't be available until Sunday afternoon. It was winterish. My purse was locked in my car. I couldn't get a motel, as I had no money, and what money I had was probably going to go to the locksmith. So, I had to stay in the casino overnight, where they don't allow snoozing. So, I had to keep my eyes propped all night getting ready for that twelve-hour drive back home. And yes, the locksmith did take all my money, which was less than he wanted to charge me.

So, I didn't want something so adorably cute it might accidentally stick to somebody's fingers again.

December 17, 2017
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Something good about winter: The EVO! and I had the national forest all to ourselves today. The snow on the path had melted so it was easy to follow. The remaining snow, though a week old, is still soft, so I kept eating handfuls. The last handful tasted like perfume. Yum!

December 18, 2017
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Good about winter? I've had a cold all weekend, not to mention possibly mild flu, so I have an excuse to stay home today and catch up. The only job I was mildly interested in was 1st grade and that age has been horrible this year.

So I'm home with the heater on and eating left overs for breakfast. It was even relatively warm this morning, only 63 in the house because the rain blew in and brought relative warmth. Usually it's under 60 in the mornings around here.

Nice to read you are still with us.... THEN gotta get with my Monday list.... lots and lots to do. Not the least of which is to buy creme puffs for Christmas Eve with the kids...

December 19, 2017
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It's not here yet. Anyhoo, there are five more days of darker and two months and four days of colder this year, statistically speaking, roughly.

It was a balmy 50-something today, so I was quite comfortable in 2-4 layers. Then, Bunkie Boodle (a.k.a. The EVO!) caused my drink to spill all over my dry-clean-only coat and saturating my clothing through my skivvies. I was not a happy camper. Then, I was happy it was warm enough to take my coat to the cleaners and reminded myself I'm always whining that I don't get to take baths every day - and The EVO! had just given me a bath.

Christmas shopping has been great this year. I don't buy much, but people at work get stuff for each other, and I didn't want to be a rotten egg. Monday, the boss got his nails done, and the place he goes is right in the mall maelstrom. So, after I dropped him off, I bushwacked to a couple stores to avoid traffic. Then, this morning, it was like a ghost town. I went to one store to pick something up, and on my way out, a clerk complimented me on doing my shopping in two minutes. Then, The EVO! and I walked to the other end of the maelstrom to get another item, and just as I was about to park her in a bike rack, a lady from church pulled up and offered to hold her whilst I went inside. Again, there were no lines. And, wouldn't you know it, The EVO! was perfectly behaved in my absence.

P.S. The boss is diabetic. He's not getting candy-apple red acrylics.

December 22, 2017
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Fruits and nuts and juices for the Boss. Those should be ok, all natural sugars.

I've got ONE more gift card to get. Then I gotta email MSC about their schedule in Grand Cayman... most people go on little side trips, but they put the Moody photo group in the middle of the day... sheesh! Oh well not like I don't have photos with the Moodies already.

December 24, 2017
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Yes. A good thing about winter is lots of people get to go on a cruise with really nice musicians.

Another good thing about winter is the days are getting longer, and there are only about two more months of cold here. A special bonus is the dry cleaner didn't have my coat done when they said they would, so they get to keep it over the holidays (or longer if they really ruined it or appropriated it to a more worthy individual). So far, the weather has been holding out fair enough that I haven't needed it.

December 25, 2017
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Small silver linings... cherish them. I was in shock with the snow last night, has to be the first real white Christmas for me. I feel like crawling off and sleeping, but I'm trying to get packed for the trip.

You could have come along. I promised you I'd fish you out if the ship sank... I really do swim well. It's the seasickness that gets me! Once in the water tho, I'm fine. Swim forever. Are you thinking of doing the RRHOF thang in April? I must decide soon.

December 31, 2017
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Ummmmm.

December 31, 2017
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Well, all the good people are going on the cruise in a couple days. That should be very nice. I'm happy for all of you. What could be better in winter than being adrift in warm weather with Justin - and palm trees at your every port of call???

January 13, 2018
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blaugh!!! It was cold and windy! And rainy!!!! Sheesh!!! The water was choppy, I got motion sick once (Dramamine does no good) ... and a lot of bands cancelled due to the wind on the deck. LOL and Justin's beautiful blonde swept hair was going frizzy!!! I thought that was fun myself.

Palm trees are just over grown yuccas.

Best thing about winter is I can hack and chop on my trees freely and not kill any baby birdies in their nests. I had a marvelous time with my chain saw this morning.... now to get rid of the huge parts of plants all over my wet yard!!!!

January 15, 2018
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Something good about winter: Sometimes the Moodies play and you get to go see them somewhere warm inside.

And then eye donut fleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeece soap ad.

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