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It's a marshmallow world in the winter

By BARB LUMLEYColumnist Published: January 3, 2013 5:00 AM

"It's a marshmallow world in the winter, when the snow comes to cover the ground. It's a time for play, it's a whipped cream day, I wait for it all year round."

These are lines from a song written in 1949 by Carl Segman, and recorded and made popular by Dean Martin. It has been a "marshmallow world" the last few days, as we have had lots of snow. It is January and this kind of weather is to be expected.

Children will be happy, as they can try out the new sleds Santa brought. They can build snowmen and forts, and have snowball fights. They will return to the house with rosy red cheeks, soaking wet clothes and smiles on their faces.

Years ago on snowy days Grandma would sit in her rocker close to the fireplace, with her mending basket at her side, and she would sew on buttons, darn socks and put patches on pants. I wonder how many of today's housewives know the "art" of patching pants? Today those jeans come with the holes already in them and at a high price when purchased new. Grandma would be amazed!

Keep the coffee pot on, as seed and fertilizer salesmen will be knocking at the door. They will be encouraging you to "think spring" and plan ahead for the crops you want to plant this year. Seed catalogs will be arriving with mouth watering pictures of tomatoes, corn, etc. and beautiful flowers on the cover.

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It is interesting how a snowstorm is the one thing that can bring almost everything to a grinding halt. A comment was made the other day as to what a shame it was to have such a nice snowstorm on a day when there was no school! We are lucky to have the equipment in this day and age to get moving again. Years ago it was sometimes weeks before everyone was plowed out!

It's the time of year for hot soup and lots of it. On these cold, snowy days it seems to be the one type of food that satisfies most. There are so many kinds to make and enjoy, and they all seem to be "soup for the soul." We are all being encouraged to eat healthy and most soups fill that bill.

Darkness comes early in the evenings. It's a good time to curl up in an easy chair and read a good book. The local libraries are filled with books of all kinds. How about a steaming cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream or a cup of your favorite herbal tea. You could put on some soft music, kick back, close your eyes and just relax and enjoy.

Or rent a movie that you have wanted to watch. Just don't relax too much or you might just nod off and miss a few scenes. Set up a card table and put together a big puzzle. Sometimes it takes hours to find where that piece with a little bit of red on the tip goes! If none of these things appeal to you, call up a friend and just talk awhile. On these dark, dreary, snowy January days there are lots of enjoyable things to do to get you through them. And remember, spring is on the way!

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