Winter . . .

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[Carlos Creek Winery, February 1]

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[The supervisor]

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[Anthony Miltich]

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“Same Auld Lang Syne”:

We arrived at 2:00 and were getting ready to leave at 4:00.  Then Deb and Paul Trumm came in – so we stayed until 6:00.  Worked out great, because the last hour with Anthony was about as much fun as we’ve had out there with performer-audience interaction.  🙂

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[And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar . . . And that’s when the supervisor rushes up and does it!  🙂  ]

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[The neighborhood, January 28, two days after the weekend blizzard.]

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[It was 18 below zero.  I was coming home from the gym @ 9:00 am.  I was wearing a fall weight jacket and t-shirt.  I was good for a couple of minutes.  If I could have just stood there for about 20 minutes, I would have burned enough calories to maintain core body temperature to lose 10 pounds.]

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[Taking out the garbage, January 27, wind chill minus 44.]

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[If I’m not back within a half hour, send the St. Bernard with the cask of brandy!]

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[That afternoon our neighbor Arnie came with his Bobcat to dig us out.  He said he didn’t think he’d come out on this day – it was still minus 18.]

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[The supervisor said her eye lashes kept freezing together.]

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[January 22]

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[January 19]

The local paper said we dropped below zero on 22 days in January (I would have thought more?), with 7 days minus 20 or colder.  The Twin Cities (generally 5 degrees warmer than Alex) have had 31 days below zero for the season.  With the forecast of below zero temps for the next 6 days, we are approaching the all-time season record of 40 days below zero.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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