I think we're just going to leave the ladder and snow shovel on the deck, until Memorial Day. Roofs do not shovel themselves!
Another weekend, another storm. Are you tired of hearing this from those of us in the northeast? This weekend brought the extra excitement of climbing onto the roof and dealing with ice dams. Good thing, as we are expecting another storm tomorrow. So I'm just going to go ahead and plant seeds, gather our sugaring supplies, and maybe even buy some tulips for the dining room table.
I'm nearly ready for spring. I'll take another storm or two without complaint, but then I'll set my clocks ahead and enjoy the high-in-the-sky sun right along with you. As much as I love winter, I know well enough to appreciate the ushering in of our next season, as well. And let's be honest, this winter turned out to be one for the record books so I certainly was not left wanting for more. Winter 2015 gave us all she could and then some. Barely a day of dingy brown snow on the roadsides before another storm swept in and cleaned it all up with a fresh covering. The whole season has been so classic New England that I don't think folks will forget it for decades to come.
And the cold! Our winter food storage is mostly in the garage. It's insulated, but unheated. The veggies stay cold, hovering just above freezing which is perfect, and the insulation keeps things from actually freezing. I have squash, beets, cabbage, carrots, and a few other things storing without issue. Granted, if we were having one of those winters where the temperature fluctuated greatly, rising into the forties or even low fifties on some days, our veggies would not be storing as well as they are. But this year, it's working out just fine.
During a visit with a friend this weekend, she told me that her refrigerator broke. Instead of running out to buy a new fridge, she's just been using coolers and the great outdoors instead. She freezes ice in jugs outside, places them in the coolers to keep things cold in the house. Frozen goods just stay outside on the north side of the house. It made me think of Ben's set up for the winter months using a vintage ice box and running a pvc pipe from it, through the wall, to the icy outdoors. Well, to his uninsulated porch, but basically the outdoors. (He goes into more detail about it in his book, The Nourishing Homestead.) I'd love to get to that point one day. Although truthfully, aside from the freedom and cost savings that comes from unplugging your refrigerator for several months out of the year, how great would it be to have such a beautiful piece in your kitchen? Much nicer than a metal box.
This week I'm putting the finishing touches on my next session of Whole Food Kitchen and should have registration open early next week. The workshop will actually begin in late April. I'm so excited for this workshop! Whole Food Kitchen didn't run at all in 2014, so it's been a long time since I've offered it. There have been some significant changes to how the workshop is structured and I look forward to sharing those details with you.
Before I settle in to my work though, I'm going to plant some seeds. Because even though our three foot high kale cage is entirely buried in snow (!!!), summer is indeed coming. Around here, we are slowly starting to get ready.