Here is the Watson News column by Mary Anne Nordaune that was missed in the paper last week.
Another snowy blast along with some rain, ice and wind! Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind. Hint: it’s time to put Winter away and let Spring unfold in its beautiful glory. Send the Spring showers and let’s get those May flowers blooming and the rhubarb growing. May is just around the corner – now come the wood ticks, gnats and mosquitos!
Easter Sunday turned out to be the warmest day this year with sunshine and temperatures in the low to mid 70’s. While driving home from Hudson WI on Sunday it was great to see the gathering of cars at so many of the farm and city homes along the way. I’m sure many families enjoyed the time together with great food and catching up on visiting. In this hectic world it is often difficult to make contact with family and friends. (I wonder how many Easter Egg Hunts were held this week end. Did your family have one?) Here’s hoping your family was one of the lucky ones to be able to celebrate this holiday together.
The warmer weather has brought out the robins. Again this year I have one trying to set up a nest by my front door, he has been diving into the door since 6:00 AM – any suggestions on how I get him to stop? Call me at 320-413-0174!
TWINS FANS – Can you believe how good the Twins are doing? As of Easter Sunday they had 9 wins/9 losses putting them at the 500 mark again. They are also leading the league in several categories. The last few ‘Aprils’ haven’t been this good, so enjoy it while you can. There are still a lot of games to play, but at least this year is hope that they will win a better percentage of their games than they have done the last three years. Go Twins!
Winners of the drawings at the Watson Lions Fundraiser were: $200 – Lonnie Tostenson, $100.00 – Greg Mulder and $50.00 – DC Signs. Thanks for the following donations: Justun Wanke – buns; Culligan – water; and Walmart - $50.00 for pop and supplies. Your support is very much appreciated.
Do you have aching joints? Here are a few hints to help ease your joint discomfort.
· Start with good posture. Simply imagine a taut string holding you up from the crown of your head, aligning your ears with your ankle bones and creating a straight line that passes through your shoulders, hips and knees.
· Raise your chair. This decreases the stress put on joints when you stand up or sit down.
· Vitamin C helps repair joints.
· Vitamin D helps cut the risk of osteoarthritis.
· Halt inflammation with fish oil.
· Walk don’t run when you exercise. Being sedentary does not help – make sure you get some exercise like walking around the house if you are unable to get outdoors, stretching and doing light housework. Every bit helps.
RECIPE FOR THE WEEK . . . JUST PEACHY PIE BARS - These are easy to fix and great to taste, especially if you love peaches.
BATTER: In a large mixing bowl beat 1 cup softened butter and 2 cups granulated sugar until creamy. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add 3 cups flour, ½ tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. nutmeg and ¼ tsp. ginger. Spread ¾ of the batter into a 9x13 inch pan and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spread one 21 ounce can of peach pie filling over hot crust. Drop teaspoons of remaining batter over filling layer and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding optional glaze.
Optional Glaze: Whisk 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 3 T. milk until smooth. Drizzle over warm bars.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK . . . If you cannot see the print—listen to the music—if you cannot hear the music—look at the pictures – if you can’t see the pictures – hum a little of “Don’t sit under the Apple Tree!”