Now is the time we have to prepare for tomorrow. When we have 70 to 80 degree temperature, it’s hard to think of ice covering us tomorrow. Were you prepared for the freezing rain, sleet and snow that came the first week in December? The bottom of my gates were frozen in 3 inches of ice.n A lot of us had roofs cave in as the heavy ice accumulated.
My garden cat following me to see about the chickens got stuck in the new fluffy snow. When he jumped into the 8 inches of snow, his little legs didn’t reach anything solid. He screamed for help. He also complained because he didn’t have his favorite food, even though he had plenty to eat. I think there were a lot of people like that.
My son said, “If you have brown rice, beans and oats, you won’t starve.”
I suggest that you get your turnips inside before the next storm. If you don’t have turnips, maybe you have dear friends who will bring you some. I grate turnips and carrots, add a pinch of salt and mayonnaise, it makes a great salad. Another good winter salad is raw cabbage and Jerusalem artichokes. With sauerkraut and corn bread, you can have a feast each day.
A friend gave me this advice, if it grows on a plant eat it, if it is made in a plant don’t eat it.
Plants have grown well under the grow light. There is extra heat in that room. Our pepper plants have produced peppers in our unheated greenhouse. They give us nutrition for our muscles and help keep our hearts strong.
Our roads are clear and that should help the holiday travelers stay safe.
Let’s not forget the early December ice storm. Let’s get and stay prepared for the next one.
From Wit and Wisdom: “Live in each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.
“What good is the warmth of the summer, without the cold of the winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck.
Later this month, we will plant seeds for all the cabbage family. — Lallah Lee Ostergren