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Marilyn Heltzer PrimeTime column: Essential accessories for hardy northerners

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Pity the folks who live in the south. Or those who leave the north for the winter. They miss out on a lot of good stuff that we the enduring northerners have in our lives.

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For instance:

-- Ice scrapers. The modest ones are fine for scraping the ice off your windshield when you forgot to put the car in the garage. One morning, there it is: a firm sheen of ice on all the windows. It's already happened to me, but by the time you read this (let's hope not), you may well have had an encounter with the long-handled scraper. It's the kind with a brush on the other end, for pushing several inches of snow off the hood of the car.

And just think: there are poor folks who don't have to carry scrapers around in their cars for the next eight months.

-- Driveway markers. I put these up so that the snow plow guy knows where the driveway is. Ours curves and goes up a hill, and if that first snowfall is a serious one, even our neighbors who have done the driveway for going on 20 years might not know just where to turn. The driveway markers are, of course, reflectorized and that's a help because Daylight Saving Time will end soon and we'll live in the dark for hours and hours - which in itself is a test of character. And we northern people do have an abundance of character, don't we?

-- Furnace filters. Oh, I suppose folks in warm places need filters for their air conditioning systems, but my furnace seems to murmur a word of thanks when I take out the old dusty ones and put in new filters. I've already stocked up.

-- Blaze orange. You probably don't see much blaze orange on the streets of Mesa or Palm Beach or Brownsville, but having bright clothing is essential if you want to walk on a country road in early November around here. But better than the walk, just stay in during firearms deer season. And keep the dog tied up.

It's a small price to pay for what's euphemistically called the deer harvest. But well worth it. We all know what deer do to hostas and hydrangeas, to name just a couple of choice summertime deer snacks.

-- Sorel boots. I didn't own a pair of Sorrels until I moved north. They weren't high style on the streets of Minneapolis. I can't say they're high style here, either, but they sure are necessary and an investment in good Sorels will never be regretted.

-- A warm jacket. Cap. Mittens. You can leave 'em at home if you're headed south or west.

Then again, if they have a "cold" winter in Florida or Texas, a northerner equipped with a warm jacket is completely comfortable, while the natives shiver. By spring, I hate my jacket and want to burn the cap and mittens. But now, I'm looking forward to hauling them out. Because it's time to get ready.

Marilyn Heltzer blogs on the Bemidji Pioneer website, www.bemidjipioneer.com under Area Voices.

Pity the folks who live in the south. Or those who leave the north for the winter. They miss out on a lot of good stuff that we the enduring northerners have in our lives.

For instance:

-- Ice scrapers. The modest ones are fine for scraping the ice off your windshield when you forgot to put the car in the garage. One morning, there it is: a firm sheen of ice on all the windows. It's already happened to me, but by the time you read this (let's hope not), you may well have had an encounter with the long-handled scraper. It's the kind with a brush on the other end, for pushing several inches of snow off the hood of the car.

And just think: there are poor folks who don't have to carry scrapers around in their cars for the next eight months.

-- Driveway markers. I put these up so that the snow plow guy knows where the driveway is. Ours curves and goes up a hill, and if that first snowfall is a serious one, even our neighbors who have done the driveway for going on 20 years might not know just where to turn. The driveway markers are, of course, reflectorized and that's a help because Daylight Saving Time will end soon and we'll live in the dark for hours and hours - which in itself is a test of character. And we northern people do have an abundance of character, don't we?

-- Furnace filters. Oh, I suppose folks in warm places need filters for their air conditioning systems, but my furnace seems to murmur a word of thanks when I take out the old dusty ones and put in new filters. I've already stocked up.

-- Blaze orange. You probably don't see much blaze orange on the streets of Mesa or Palm Beach or Brownsville, but having bright clothing is essential if you want to walk on a country road in early November around here. But better than the walk, just stay in during firearms deer season. And keep the dog tied up.

It's a small price to pay for what's euphemistically called the deer harvest. But well worth it. We all know what deer do to hostas and hydrangeas, to name just a couple of choice summertime deer snacks.

-- Sorel boots. I didn't own a pair of Sorrels until I moved north. They weren't high style on the streets of Minneapolis. I can't say they're high style here, either, but they sure are necessary and an investment in good Sorels will never be regretted.

-- A warm jacket. Cap. Mittens. You can leave 'em at home if you're headed south or west.

Then again, if they have a "cold" winter in Florida or Texas, a northerner equipped with a warm jacket is completely comfortable, while the natives shiver. By spring, I hate my jacket and want to burn the cap and mittens. But now, I'm looking forward to hauling them out. Because it's time to get ready.

Marilyn Heltzer blogs on the Bemidji Pioneer website, www.bemidjipioneer.com under Area Voices.

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