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So, Mary, are you from Minnesota?
I am. I lived here all my life.
Wow. It’s a great place but it’s really cold
this time of year.
It is, but if you’ve lived here a long time you get used to it.
A lot of people from the South get really chilly when the
temperature gets around 50 and right now that’s, that’s
actually sounding pretty good because a Minnesotan will
probably just be wearing a lightweight jacket when it is
about 50 degrees, but we’re OK with that. You know it
gets to be kind of fun when you have a big snow fall and
you go outside with all your neighbors, pushing cars out of
the snow drift and kind of enjoying it that way so we have
a lot of fun with it being cold and snowy and you have to
make some fun on the inside of your house too, you know.
A lot of people have fireplaces, so there’s a way to enjoy
being inside for long stretches of time and opposed to
just kind of, I guess, being locked in and not being able
to enjoy house or that kind of thing.

What do you do to warm up in the winter?
Well, there’s always sweaters. You know we like our
sweaters here, that keeps us warm. Actually, you can
get pretty warm outside. A lot of people enjoy cross-
country skiing which I do from time-to-time and the more
you exercise outside, you can actually get pretty warm
doing it even though the temperature is cold, but as far
as being indoors, that’s when, I think that’s when people
start really kind of researching their hobbies, things they
like to do, that’s activity that will keep you busy while you
are inside the house for such long stretches and things.
Yeah, that’s true. I like to drink hot chocolate
when I get cold. Do you like hot chocolate?

Yeah, that will always help, and tea, really enjoying my
tea as well, but there’s nothing like, you know, hot
chocolate and maybe roasting something in the fireplace
and making smores.
That sounds great.
Yeah, that would be kind of fun.
Very cozy.