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thing to do is gripe about the horrific Polar Vortex II and how Iíve
been huddled in front of my little space heater at home with the temp
set at 58 degrees because I dare not put it any higher. Propane is
used to heat my house and prices just skyrocketed to almost five
bucks a gallon! Oops! I see that I have indeed just complained about
the frigidly cold weather up here but I see on national news Iím
certainly not alone. A Facebook friend posted a picture of severely
frostbitten feet which is hard to look at but it must be harder to
feel. But of course all this extreme weather we are experiencing has
nothing to do with climate change. So I suppose we can all just
diddley-bop along or stick our heads in the sand or snow banks.
If anyone complains about the heat in my hearing this coming summer
you best run away as fast as you can. No jury in the world would
convict me, Denise F. just saying! ;D Heck I will beat my own self
about the head if even a tiny wisp of a thought comes through of how
itís Ďtoo hotí.
myself buying bright, floaty summer dresses and wearing sandals, Iím
going to picnic in my own backyard watching the glorious sun set and
giving over to warm pleasure. Let me know when youíre in the area
and come sit with me.
Iím on the topic of weather I will offer a few tips on what I do to
stay warm and comfortable. Ahem!
1) Get a
couple cats, preferably from the local animal shelter but do it
responsibly; they have feelings too and are very loving and grateful
companions as are dogs. I have one rescue cat that lies on my feet,
another likes my lap and five of the six usually sleep with me, even
following me when itís time to sleep. My belly is prime retail for
them and after that my legs and shoulders. My beloved Mitzi my dog
also has to cuddle up and is right there if any monsters dare show up
from under our bed.
any sense of fashion inside or out of the house. No one will think
you look cute with frostbite; itís a seriously life-threatening
condition. I remember my younger self wearing high heels traipsing to
the club in sub-zero temps; I can say this because I was lucky enough
not to be frozen to the sidewalk. Very lucky. Bundle up people you
can be cute when it gets warm out again.
made chicken soup for my friend that is ailing from flu/cold and
ended up eating it because I donít have a way to get it to her.
Simmering water infused with yummy chicken-y aroma warmed up the
house and my belly so I felt good inside and out.
people have stories about how they had to go out to collect wood for
the fire and chop it up every day! I include this because I know Iím
very fortunate (and lazy) to not have to do that so quit your
whimpering ways. My theory is that the physical exercise, only they
didnít call it exercise, is why some of our Elders have had
longevity in their lives in addition to their natural diet, only they
didnít call it Ďdietí, they called it eating. There were no
fast-food joints back in their youth and they are better for it. 5)
Stay inside if you can or at least the most you are able. The world
is not going to shut down if you take a break to be safe so Ö for
lack of a better metaphor, chill out. Ay! There you have it, Iím
sure Iíll think of more wise words of wisdom after this goes to
print but I trust yooz understand the gist.
compelled to bring up Valentineís Day for one reason only: Iím
gonna buy me some candy and flowers, write a poem or two and be super
appreciative of myself because hey, gotta start somewhere! I wish all
you single or coupled up snags and snagletteís have a lovely day
and night, I will have my furry loved ones around me; they display
the kind of affection that transcends and transforms into
unconditional love. We still have a lot to learn from them.
Indians are descended from very healthy, hardy people, I think we owe
it to them to get back to that place so we donít merely survive, we
will thrive. It wonít be easy in this instant cup oí soup world
we live in but I have family and friends who have proved it. I tease
them for their granola-kelp-organic ways but I really admire them Ö
Keri D. Nevarez, Cheri Martin, Melissa Zimmerle Ö ! Mmmmmwah! ;D