Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beats hell outta cuddleduds

She and the Mystery Woman were college room mates.

Linda West Eckhardt, cookbook writer and recipe blogger for the Silver Cloud Diet website and e-book, recommends a Jamaican toddy for this cold cold winter's day: 1 cup of boiling water, 1 black teabag, 1 jigger rum, 1 jigger brandy, some sugar, orange and lemon peels.

Do it. Now.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter grows on you

This is the view from below the cliffs at the Number One Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River.

Some of the icicles hang more than six feet (six feet what? tall? down?).

The Mystery Woman took this cold photo and made it beautiful.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Historic winter

Minnehaha Falls near sundown.

The fading sunlight reflecting off the ice and snow cast a blue light over the scene. A little Photoshop drained the color and revealed the black and white beauty of winter.

Mighty cold walk from the car: 11 degrees. But the beauty is worth it.

Other people are in the photo. Young people.

Photo credit -- the Mystery Woman.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Re-load, Sarah?


"He was pretty stoic. He didn't talk much. He walked past me without looking at me. I saw from my peripheral vision that he had raised his arm and started shooting."

ALEX VILLEC, an aide to Representative Gabrielle Giffords, on the Arizona gunman who shot 20 people, 6 of them fatally.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Yes, vitriol fuels violence

The Arizona shooter was clearly crazy. Have you ever known a mass murderer who was not?

The divide in this nation just got deeper with the senseless killings in Tucson. The right wing will try to dance away from the mass murders while the left portrays the vitriol as fuel for violence.

I’m with the lefties. And I’m guilty of hot thoughts. You cannot imagine what I want to scream at Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party cranks who display their guns at public events as a sign of patriotism.

Madness. Where is the balance?

Of course the guy was a nut. But who knows how all the nasty campaign rhetoric played inside his head? Words have consequences, as Congresswoman Giffords said in a sad prophecy after the Sarah Palin website put a rifle sight on her district and named her by name.

Only a fool blinded by ignorance cannot see the cause and effect. The very act of taking down the offending Palin web site acknowledges it was wrong from the start.

I would suggest, Speaker Boehner, now is the time to cry – for our nation.

And hold tight to our thoughts for the dead and the wounded.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Uh huh. This is weather.

Take one step out our front door.

Look south.

No help.

Sub zero this week. Next week, too.

Tell my children to come get me.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Define cold, take your time

Facts is facts: Yesterday's national high was 86 degrees in Edinburg, Tx, on the border with Mexico. Yesterday's national low was minus 29, Orr, MN, on the border with Canada. That's a hundred degree spread. Or more.

When is the last time your raked your roof? They do that in Minnesota. Have to. Snow is heavy – and leaks. Ice dams form in gutters. Backs up into homes.

It’s cold. Damned cold. More is on the way. We’ve already been sub-zero several times.

Define cold. I’m just curious. How do you define cold?

There is so much snow on the ground, cities are running out of places to put it after they plow the streets and clear parking lots. One suggestion: the lakes are low, dump it there. That's just weird.

I’ve seen two snow tornadoes. No fooling. One was swirled up between the houses across the street. And by damn, as the Mystery Woman was chuckling at my terror, another tornado jumped up on the school playground. Even larger than the first.

Up here, cold weather comes in different colors: white, blue and dark.

White cold is flurried with snow so dry you would die of thirst if you tried to drink it. That kind of snow coats the streets but is dangerous mostly during white-outs. Disorienting if you are trying to walk any distance.

Blue is caused when heavy, wet snow blocks out the sun and makes jet airplanes idle on the tarmac. The blue norther is vivid, penetrating cold. Wind chills are. Bad.

Dark killer cold creeps in while we sleep. The ground freezes. People up here know a lot about you by the boots you wear. Sensible shoes has a different meaning in Minnesota. Even men wear Uggs. He-men and grounded women wear Sorel boots. L.L. Bean is a deity who goes both ways. He is worshipped for both boots and flannel.

Cold has consequences. When is the last time you had outdoor sex?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

To celebrate New Year’s Eve, we decorated home-made Star Wars cookies. The neighbor brought wine, we supplied the cookie cutters and I’m certain the Force was with us. However, this morning the cookies were not as pretty as they were last night. Too much to drink, you say? Screw you.

Cool. 1/1/11 sounds pretty cool, unless it's Tea Party code for the end of days. Or will that happen 12/12/12? Nefarious. You know who you are.

Explain this. The winter solstice (Dec. 21) coincided with the lunar eclipse. First time in 2,000 years. The Washington Post dutifully ran the story -- AFTER the big event.

New Year’s Resolution. Not for me. Note to KRAFT: make Philadelphia Cream Cheese easier to open. That alone will make 2011 a better year.

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