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Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 1:03 p.m. CST

Another week of winter, but there are a few high points. I am finding time to sort through some cabinets, cupboards, closets and other areas — weeding out the things I can live without and reorganizing those things I want to keep. It’s a good feeling to get organized. I should do it more often, but the winter weather just seems to lend itself to those kinds of tasks.

Another high point is that by being inside during the bitterly cold weather, it allows us to take some time to reconnect with family and friends, either by email, phone or an event or outing. Sometimes I think old Mother Nature puts this winter weather in our path, causing us to slow down, re-evaluate and take time for the important people and things in our lives.

As long as we’re on the weather, please take time to check on our older senior citizen neighbors, family and friends. Most of those folks don’t like to call on others for help, but sometimes they may need a prescription picked up, some groceries or have other needs. Just the company of a telephone call will help during these times when they are forced to stay inside because of the weather.

Also, please don’t forget your four-legged friends. Professionals are issuing all kinds of warnings about the frigid temperatures and your animals. Those family members depend on you. Please keep them safe.

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It’s Super Bowl weekend coming up ... maybe. I know there is conversation about moving the date because of the weather, especially since the biggest game of the year is set to be held at MetLife Stadium in not-so-sunny New Jersey. There’s also a lot of chatter about lowering the price of a Super Bowl XLVIII ticket because they’re afraid fans won’t pay the expensive prices with the temperatures expected to be very cold.

According to “International Business Times,” the National Football League announced at the beginning of the season that premium seats this year would go for an average of $2,600 each, compared to $1,250 for the best seats in New Orleans last year. But now, fans who bought the cheapest tickets this year only had to shell out $500, compared to those $650 cheap seats in 2013. But if you want to buy a suite, be prepared to dig down much deeper in your pockets. One suite (seats 12 and 30 people) on StubHub is being sold for $899,270. That’s a lot of football, my friends.

Regardless of whether you are rooting for the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos, it will likely be a fun time for football fans. As you prepare to celebrate the big game, please remember to buy your Super Bowl snacks and party goods in the county. It’s a win-win for all of us.

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It’s kind of ironic that Groundhog Day falls on the same day as the Super Bowl, especially since the weather is such a factor. Will he see his shadow? Let’s hope for a cloudy day for Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, since according to folklore, if it is cloudy when Phil emerges from his burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, Phil will supposedly see his shadow and retreat back into his burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Cross your fingers!

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Thought for the day: “That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.” John Madden.

Thought for Super Bowl Sunday: “Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.” Dave Barry.

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Keep your chin up. This weather has a way of making us all a little blue. It won’t last forever. Make smiling a priority. Have a great week, and be gentle with each other and yourself. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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