It just gets better from here

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun and February is almost over. For me, February is a month that is survived. My friends who live in warmer climates assume that I somehow acclimate to cold weather and that I like it.

I go for a walk most days even when the weather is way below zero. I employ the rule of 2’s. I wear two pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves, two pairs of pants. I cover any exposed skin with scarves and hats.

It is warm enough now so that I can go back to wearing one of everything and leave my face exposed except for a mask. We will have more days with temperatures in the 40’s next week which is definitely single pair of gloves weather.

Winter is not my favorite season. The best thing about winter is when it ends. I think we all appreciate spring more because of what we have to live through to get there.

March can be a long cold month but usually, by the end, there are signs of spring. Average high temperatures by the end of March will be in the upper 40’s. The days will continue to get longer too.

House hunting gets easier too. The longer days and warmer temperatures help.

 

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Wearing the same gloves for 100 days

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. You may have seen it on Facebook or Instagram, selfies of women who are wearing the same dress for 1oo days. It is part of a marketing campaign for wool dresses that can apparently be hand washed and dried overnight.

I couldn’t help but notice in the pictures that the women are wearing the dress with shirts, jeans, sweaters, and jackets. I have seen the dress worn as a shirt too.

Some of the dress wearers have huge wardrobes of clothes that they can wear with the dress.

That gave me an idea. This week I started wearing the same pair of gloves every day. There are so many things that can be worn with gloves and it will be at least 100 days before it is safe to venture outside without them.

Here is a small part of my journey wearing the same gloves for 100 days:

gloves and shirt
Gloves with my favorite flannel shirt
gloves and sweater
Gloves with sweater
Gloves and facemasks
Gloves with face masks

Maybe I’ll try the gloves with a wool dress.

Bugs can survive the cold

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Everything in nature has a purpose, even cold weather. The cold does kill off some invasive species of plant, animal, and insect.

As a gardener, I know that I am in zone 4 and that some plants that are perennials in warmer climates will not survive a Minnesota winter.  I have had some zone 5 plants survive several winters before dying off.

The emerald ash borer has evolved to survive our winters. Once the temperature gets lower than -13 some will die off but there will be plenty of them to kill off our ash trees. Most of the Ash trees along west 7th street were removed last year because of the pest.

Insects larva survive by developing sugars and proteins that act like antifreeze and keep them alive during the arctic cold.

There are plenty of critters that live in the south that can not survive our winters.  There are various diseases that harm plants that get killed off during the deep freeze too.

There is some benefit to the cold weather. I just wish that we didn’t have to get it all at once . . day after day. . after day. . .

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Frost on a window

A safe holiday at last

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. The past 12 months haven’t been all that much fun, what with the pandemic and having to stay home so much. Every major holiday since Memorial Day has been a super spreader event. As people have gotten together for celebrations and have gone to bars and restaurants.

It was hard to skip the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with family and friends. We usually celebrate both indoors with food and adult beverages too.

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend. It isn’t a holiday and the best way to celebrate is to watch the super bowl. It is easy to stay home and watch the game on TV but experts are predicting that people will gather together and yell and scream and eat and drink.

The Super Bowl will be our next super spreader event with old and new variants of the virus being sprayed around at super bowl parties just waiting for people to breathe them in.

I would ask people to stay home and watch the game alone or with their family but I know that there are many people who are not able to make that kind of a sacrifice. It would also be ridiculous to ask people to wear masks at said super bowl gathering.  Instead, I am asking that people who attend super bowl gatherings stay home after the game and until February 21.

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Plants make a house a home

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. In the summer I enjoy gardening. In the Winter I bring it indoors and grow several varieties of plants. I have a pair of large jade plants that spend the summer on the front porch and the winter in the house. They bloom around Thanksgiving time and I sometimes decorate them with lights for Christmas.  I grow herbs in the kitchen that I use for seasoning. Some of my plants are cuttings from various seasonal flowering plants I grew last summer.

My mother and my mother-in-law both grew African violets but I grow them anyway. Some plants are low maintenance and others require a little bit of work. Usually, it is just a matter of the right amount of light and water. I move them around and instead of watering them on a schedule, I check the soil if it is dry I add water. 🙂

It is nice to see something green and growing in the dirt when everything outside is mostly white or brown and frozen. As we move into February and the days are a tad longer the plants will grow more and I’ll need to give them some plant food to keep them happy.

A few of my house plant friends

The freedom to stay warm

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I spend a lot of time watching the inauguration on Wednesday.  There was a lot of conversation on social media about what the women wore particularly the first lady, former first lady Michelle Obama, and the first female Vice President Kamala Harris. I don’t think men are having these conversations but women are.

I know that as a woman I am expected to care about fashion, especially cute shoes. The shoes that the above-mentioned women wore to the inauguration cost more than I spend on shoes in five years.

The clothes were certainly appropriate and beautiful too. They were also a reminder to me that women, no matter who they are and what they do are expected to be decorative and are often judged as much by their clothing as they are by their accomplishments.  No one commented on what President Biden or First Gentleman Emhoff wore on inauguration day.

Bernie Sanders memes have been very popular this week. With Sanders in his folding chair, placed in locations all over the country.  Sanders has worn the coat in prior years it isn’t new. I admire his clothing choices and his ability to wear the same garment in more than one season. He looks so Minnesota.

Senator Bernie Sanders at the 2021 Inauguration of President Biden

Even the amazing poet laureate Amada Groman got a clothing critique. She told reporters that she choose to wear yellow because it is her favorite color.