winter

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I just returned from eight days in Southern Florida, where the palm trees were swaying, the sun was shining and the water was sparkling.  My sister and I strolled on the beaches on Sanibel Island and ate lunch at the very tip of Captiva.  I walked every single day and loved every single minute. When […]

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Last week, I did something stupid.  I had my car washed.  Less than a day later my white Camry hybrid was completely filthy again.  The outside looked as though it hadn’t been cleaned off in many a year.  Inside, the pricey, molded floor mats were again a melty sea of gravel, dirty slush and salt […]

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Dear Mother Nature, Today is the day.  I am taking my big winter parka to the cleaners.  Thanks to you, the sun is shining in the Twin Cities and the weather will be a balmy 43 degrees.  By the weekend, we may top 50, which means heavy coats should be history until late next fall. […]

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The White Stuff is Here

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 12, 2012

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Here’s the thing about snow: It’s sneaky. Last night when I went to bed it was misting lightly.  Innocently,  I drifted off into slumberland.  When I opened my bedroom blinds this morning, there it was — a heavy dusting of the white stuff covering my lawn, accenting the trees and swirling in the air. I […]

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Fall in Minnesota

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 1, 2012

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Fall in Minnesota. Don’t blink or you could miss it.  A few weeks ago I was running the air conditioning but overnight it turned chilly. Then the leaves began to fall and fall and fall.  Floating down in a rainbow of colors, they were everywhere. Raking suddenly became a part-time job.  I can’t keep ahead […]

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Mike and The Rambler

by Nancy Wurtzel on October 8, 2012

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Mike is now my main man. Let me explain. Early last summer, when it was warm and lovely and the warm weather seemed as though it would never end, I decided to buy a home.  I found a rambler (what is commonly called a ranch home in many areas of the country) in the twin […]

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Summer is here in central Minnesota.  My sister and her husband have returned from their winter home in Florida and we are all living (albeit a bit snugly) in The Little House on the Prairie. My sister loves yard work, so I have been helping her weed, lay down mulch, clean out dead branches and […]

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Warmly, Nancy

by Nancy Wurtzel on January 31, 2012

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Dear Reader, I’ve taken to signing my emails and other correspondence “Warmly, Nancy.” Sadly, it’s all too true.  Even though it is chilly outside, I am warm much of the time.  Hot actually. Mostly, it is my own internal midlife climate control that is hopelessly out of whack.  I’m in what my Mother’s generation called […]

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Now that I’ve relocated back to my hometown in Minnesota, I can’t help but compare my former life in California with my new reality of small town living in middle America.  For example, when I was shopping at Walmart recently, I noticed almost all of the vehicles looked alike. You see, it’s late fall here […]

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It’s Snowing Somewhere

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 7, 2010

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I’ve had people tell me that I’m much too focused on the weather.  It’s probably the fact that I grew up in the upper Midwest where there is indeed LOTS of weather and it can change on a dime. Fall has always my favorite season by far.  In California, my home for more than 30 […]

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