A friendly note to the month ahead:

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Dear February,

Heads up.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but January dumped about 25″ of snow and 20 below-zero days on us.

Yeah.┬áIt wasn’t very Minnesota nice.

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So, I don’t know what you have in store, other than the Winter Olympics (which are basically 17 days of Christmas morning for me, and this fact alone could potentially allow me to overlook any nastiness you may have planned), but I do think you should know:

We’ve had it up to here.

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And we don’t have room for much more.

So, tread carefully.

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Because that whole Olympics thing you have going for you could totally backfire should you, say, push this polar vortex situation to a point that forces me to miss hours of Olympics programming in order to dig myself out my front door, shovel my sidewalks and driveway, and rake my roof.


But you’re only three days old and, so far, you’ve been pretty well-behaved. So, for now, I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt.

Also, I have noticed the additional hour of sunshine you’ve been adding to the scene every evening. That is pure loveliness. Thank you for that, and outstanding job.

Please keep it up.

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Looks like we’re in this together, February. Let’s try to make the best of it.

And, remember. I’m watching you.

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