Notes from Jan

Winter Whine

February 22, 2019

Garrison Keillor, a Minnesotan, recently reminded us wimps, “It’s winter, not the tribulation!”

Yet, here I sit, hiding out in my room in Palm Desert. It’s cold outside, in the 50s. “Unseasonably,” according to the weather woman. I’ve spotted some Canadians in the pool, hopping in and out of the hot tub like unfinished popcorn. I can imagine some saying, “By golly, we paid for this and we’re gonna use it! Our parkas can go in the dryer.” I love Canadians. (It’s a good day for blanket statements.)

They’ve come from Idaho, Canada, Minnesota to the desert, some still wearing parkas, ski hats and scarves. A few furs, fake I’m pretty sure, showed up at church. Locals. We’ve had frost advisories. Some flowers didn’t get the message, nipped in the bud.

Well, not me. I’m sitting inside wearing layers and grateful for socks to fill out my sandals, ill-packed, along with my swimsuit and other clothes meant to handle heat.

So when did I become so wimpy and whiny? Am I not the same person who often writes about gratitude? Yes, and that’s just one of the things that bugs me about me. I am both.

Sometimes I look in the mirror and ask,”God, what were you thinking? Having second thoughts? I’ve got this Scandinavian DNA, linked to Vikings, who did unmentionable “tings”, and folks who swallowed lutefisk without gagging, and walked miles to school (exact distance unknown). ‘Ve didn’t have busses. Ve had boots!’ I come from people who tell the same jokes(yokes) year after year and find them hilarious with or without the punchline. Are you sure about me, God?”

Just called my son for something warm to do. He asked what I’m doing.

I said, “Reading, writing and ‘rithmatic.”(Exploring how to lower my expectations. Nothing’s adding up.)

“What did you say, Mom?”

“Just chillin’ “

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  • Reply Dale February 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    “Count it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” except when your circumstances don’ t qualify. We traveled from MI to FL and our first thought was how hot and humid it is here! Some people you just cannot please.


  • Reply Ruth S. Wacome February 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Delightful post, Jan. I was reminded of your mother as I read it. I do hope you will get some warmer temperatures and have the opportunity to wear those sandals without the socks!

  • Reply David L Smith February 22, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    We just did our “chillin'” with one of our chillun…with Carrie in Costa Ricahhhhhh, where my Mediterranean blood was succored by 70’s temps every day, and a few flowers:

    or, the big album of pix here:

  • Reply Sue Andringa February 22, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Jan …
    We just got back from Palm Desert last night … how fun to know you are there. Next week will be in the 70’s , so look up and know you can use those sandals without your sox. It’s cold here in AZ too. We are even getting snowy rain and some hail. Brrrrr.
    Warm hugs and lots of love,

  • Reply Marilyn Bullock February 22, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Jan I think I pushed the wrong button I do not want to unsubscribe. I love hearing from you. I had my left total knee replacement Feb 13 and came home yesterday. feb 21. I am doing OK. but how long will the pain and swelling last. I am glad to be home. Praying for you and the unexpected cool weather there.

  • Reply Nancy Sheys February 23, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Your heart will never grow cold! You’re from good stock!

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