Welcome To 2013

Well the holidays have come and gone and we are already a month into the new year. Have you let your New Year’s resolutions go by the wayside yet? Tired of being cooped up for the winter already?

Me at a friend’s new fish house.

I don’t typically make a New Year’s resolution, per se. But, of course every year I think I’m going to get in better shape, lose weight or become more organized. Ryan McCormick over at the library suggests a few books that offer some insight on self-improvement, and a new feature this issue suggests some basic health and beauty tips that can be picked up on at any time of the year.

I’ve decided it doesn’t have to be the start of a new year to start becoming a “new you” for me. I can do it at anytime. Of course I “don’t” more often than I “do,” or so it seems! But I can!

Judy Treptau offers some household tips this issue as we begin to think about our spring cleaning and/or home decorating ideas. It seems the winter months are a time for plotting what we want to do as we move into spring.

Habitat for Humanity also reminds us that, as we clean out, don’t forget there are many places that would welcome that gently used lamp or end table. It’s better to donate it than fill up the landfill.

Cabin Fever can be a serious issue for some folks during a long, cold Minnesota winter, and for them spring can’t come soon enough. I’m not going to say there aren’t a few days where it wears on even the hardiest Minnesotan. But we recently were invited out to try our hand at ice fishing, something we don’t do very regularly anymore. Ice fishing, of course, isn’t what it used to be. My husband would always prefer sitting out on the open lake on a nice winter day and drop in a line to try his luck. But you rarely see that anymore. Everyone is in a fish house, and some of them are pretty fancy.

Our friends have a new fish house he custom built, mostly by his own hand. He bought the “shell” and took it from there. He did a wonderful job, and the evening we joined them we were greeted by a toasty warm, very inviting shelter to enjoy our time with good friends without freezing. And it was COLD out there. Fishing wasn’t good, but we had a good time.

Hopefully there will be time yet for some good snowmobiling also. There’s also cross-country skiing, and the opportunity to hit the slopes not too far away from home.

Whether you prefer the outdoors or snuggling up by the fireplace with a good book or for a romantic dinner, take time to enjoy it!
Life in west central Minnesota …
it’s a beautiful thing …

Live it!
Sharon Bomstad
Live it! Editor