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3/14/2014 10:04:00 AM
View from the Valley

There are more Minnesotans this year than ever before, and it is all because the folks just will not tolerate the brutal cold, and I do not blame them. Casitas are being rented out by the dozens. Folks are renting their homes just to make extra money. The economy of Fountain Hills is flourishing and the merchants say this will probably be a banner winter season for them. Minnesota license plates have started many conversations. Folks want to know where you are from, hoping to make connections. My family back home has been able to escape the winter by seeking warmer climates.These are brief interludes, but it helps the morale. Can Spring be lurking just around the corner?

The Goodwill store here is amazing. Many folks just want to clean house and drop it all at the Goodwill doors. Well guess who is there to check it out and perhaps buy their junk? I have always shopped consignment and thrift stores with great success. Second hand quality clothing is wonderful because you are recycling big time and that makes me feel good. I am able to get good deals on brands like Chico, Coldwater Creek, Cole Hann, Mephisto and many more well known labels. The best part of the adventure is that it was senior day when all those over 55 got 25 percent off. Oh, wait. When did being 55 qualify you as a senior?

Three of us are making our annual trip to Palm Desert, Indian Wells, California tomorrow. It is a blast. Three senior citizens hanging out with the pros for five days can't be all wrong. All the tennis greats are there and one can get very close to them as they practice and interact with their coaches. We are always in awe watching them play with the finesse of a ballerina and the strength of a commando. We live and breathe tennis for five days, but somehow we manage to go to art shows and outlet centers. Too much tennis can get to you. A lot of fellow Minnesotans attend and the camaraderie is stimulating.

It is rattle snake season here and one must be vigilant when hiking or mountain biking. John spotted one on the road, but after close examination he pronounced it dead as a door nail. The desert comes alive right about now and a good rain of a few days ago might awaken the flower seeds and we will have some desert blooms after all. We have had 80 days of no moisture, but I give California the prize for more than 90 days of draught. The mudslides arrived, however, when the rains came. Seems you cannot win. I guess Minnesota has the brutal cold and snow, but no mud slides. The crazy weather has been bizarre all over the U.S .

Stay warm, drive safely and keep an eye out for that first tender flower bud. SHALOM

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