Sometimes we Minnesotans need to think warm thoughts from January until Spring.

I often tell Alexa, “play ocean waves,” and imagine myself lying on an endless beach with the sun beaming Vitamin D on me. Sometimes I sit in front of a sunny window like a sunbathing cat.

One of my new creative ways to feel warm while living on the tundra is teaching songs that inspire warm thoughts. This became a thing by accident. Sometimes, in my music lessons, I let my students pick a page out of a music book at random — it’s one way to work on their site reading skills. On one 50-mph-gusty-wind day, my student landed on the Beach Boys, Kokomo. The music transported us right to that nice, calm, warm beach.

So, from now on, I will be teaching songs about the sun, the beach, and all things spring and summer until it’s warm enough to leave my door wide open!

So, from now on, I will now be teaching songs about the sun, the beach, and all things spring and summer until it’s warm enough to leave my door wide open!

Even though the temperatures did reach a balmy 40 degrees last weekend, I still have a longing for walking barefoot in the green grass!

A Little Hot Bluegrass

While these little tricks help brighten and warm my day, Bluegrass music has its own way of creating some warm vibes. The band Bullypulpit will play at The Wine Cafe tonight!


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And Some Salt

If you need a really good warm up, hang out at Body Concepts Salt Room. I bought just about every family member a gift certificate for the Salt Room for Christmas.

Here’s a healthy, wealthy bounty of info about what a salt room can do.

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves emotional health and reduces stress, anxiety and depression, including SAD
  • Helps you sleep better and reduces snoring
  • Improves respiratory and sinus problems
  • Helps skin issues including psoriasis and eczema
  • Reduces inflammation in airways
  • Relieves allergies and asthma
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Balances pH levels
  • Detoxes your lungs
  • Aids relaxation and meditation

Maybe this weekend, for working on some serious Zen-warmth, I’ll grab my ukulele and beach chair while playing Kokomo at the Salt Room!

Additional Links

The Wine Cafe on MankatoLIFE