Winter Afternoon Sharing = Recipe for a Day of Appreciation

It’s Saturday in Minneapolis and the temperatures area wide are below zero.

SelfPortrait at -25 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill

SelfPortrait at -25 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill

No fashion statements here.  Five minutes outside and poof ! The world is frozen, but not my face.

Today it was -25 with the wind chill. An east coast friend called it insane temperatures.  To prepare for the onslaught of winter is to abandon reason, call on forbearance and fortitude and hope that the heat doesn’t fail.  There were some surprises in my life this past month. I have heat, but the water pipe cracked, as will happen with these temperatures and there was no water in my building for a week.  This was a little complicated as I had the second of two surgeries for skin cancer on my nose. Patience worn thin by all kinds of other monkey business in my life was relieved by the many kind thoughts, support and gestures of friends.  (A nice place to take shower; kind emails and calls; friends who went with me to the doctor are all to be thanked many times over.)

This brings me to my thought for today.  Sharing support with fellow bloggers.  A while back, this very funny and delightful blogger nominated me for this award. My gracious thanks to:, whose blog keeps me laughing and dreaming of ice cream desserts.

I was really struck dumb to receive this award and am passing on the award.  It requires that I tell something about myself, which is next to impossible for me most days.

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
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3. Share 7 random interesting things about yourself.

4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award
. Done

5. Provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs. Done.

6. Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog. Done

My nominations for this award are, in no particular order:

1. Life is a mystery to me. I like that about life.

2. My favorite dish is Swedish meatballs, but I have never made them.

3. The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota April Horse Fair are events I never miss.

4. I like to be barefoot when writing or any time. (Except not when it’s this cold out.)

5. When my friend Richard says to me, “Don’t be ridiculous.” with a funny accent, I always laugh.

6. When I was at college, I learned to tell time by the minutes (only because I had to sign in and out of the women’s dorm.)

7. Lastly, but not least, I like to keep my life simple. (I do have a sense of irony.)

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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