1/28/2014 11:08:00 AM Editorial
Potpouri for the new year
Canadian climatologists say the current below normal temperature pattern will last through April, not as cold as we are experiencing this month but about as much below normal as we are experiencing. If they are right, the bright spot in this news is that we will have more time than normal to plan our gardens.
As I am writing this Sunday afternoon, there are seven pairs of cardinals, a dozen blue jays, a pair of mourning doves, and too many sparrows, finches and juncos to count dining on sunflower seeds outside our window. A few minutes ago three deers came running across the yard to dine on locust seed pods. At least some of our neighborhood wildlife seems to be handling the weather fairly well, so far.
We see a few pheasant occasionally, but it has been several years since we have seen very many of them. They don't seem to be attracted to our scattered bird seed. We used to see rabbits dining on the bird seed overnight, but this past year there seem to be fewer rabbits and no sign of them coming near the bird food. Squirrel numbers seem to be down also. I haven't seen any at our feeders this winter. These neighbors haven't fared as well, although their numbers were down long before this foul weather set in.
We went to the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention in Bloomington last week and drove home Friday evening through Blue Earth to pick up placemats for Pure Country Family Restaurant in Dodge Center. Road conditions were appalling, almost whiteout, and the drive back was slow and tiring-made me glad I'm not a professional driver. Crazy how physically demanding it can be to drive in those conditions. I was really ready to rest when we finally made it home.
Pure Country, the new restuarant in Dodge Center opened last week to rave reviews from those who've eaten there. The morning coffee klatch seems happy with the new accommodations. I've had a couple meals, one dine-in and one take-out, both of which were very good. We are very happy to see a restaurant open on Dodge Center's Main Street again, as are many others.
Speaking of restaurants, while we were in the Twin Cities, we ate at The Holy Land, a restuarant on Central Avenue in Minneapolis. We are planning a trip to the Holy Land and could not resist checking out the restaurant, when we saw the name. It was a pleasant surprise--the food was very good and the crowd was a mix of people, many of whom were of obvious Middle Eastern origins. It was my first experience with Middle Eastern dining, and I enjoyed it. There was sampler meal available for two, four or six people. We got the two-person sampler, which turned out to be enough for at least six people. We took home the leftovers and had enough for two more meals for three of us.
Registration is under way for the Dodge County Expo, which is coming up again Saturday, March 29 in the East and West gyms at Triton School. More than half of the 104 exhibitor booths are already registered and more come in every day. It looks like the Expo may be filled by the middle of February this year, which will make it easier for those of us on the Expo committee to map out the show. This year there will be a lot of changes in the Expo, due in large part to the addition of the new gym and entrance. We will no longer need to use hallways for exhibitors. Everyone will be in a gym.
This year there will be rolls and coffee served by students at the new concession stand for those who come early to socialize. The new concession stand is in the lobby between the two gyms. The new activities entrance will be the entrance for the Expo. The cafeteria will not be used at all this year.
The wind is whipping snow around, so I have to go take care of the chickens and make sure everything around our little farmstead is secured for the coming storm.