I've been doing plenty of my own dreaming too, mostly about spring. I'm usually very content during winter, but this year has my aching to get into the garden. There's a lot of work to do in there once the snow clears, much related to the damage caused by The Flood. So much was washed away that we'll need to start building up the soil again. I'm looking forward to it!
The other thing I've been contemplating a lot lately is how to further reduce our reliance on electricity. It is just so expensive, this convenience we have. I quite like the idea of candles at night instead of electric lights....
|A light broth soup, Vietnamese-style "canh." This one is a pork stock with carrots, potatoes, and green onion.|
I'm feeling especially grateful these days for our homegrown foodstuffs - fresh eggs, meat, and milk. The baby is eating food now, and when that transition begins, I'm always reminded of the importance of good food for our babies. I pulled out a stewing hen from the freezer a few days ago and made a HUGE pot of stock. We decided to not breed Spring, and milk her through winter instead. She's such good stock, that one, that I do hope we get some does from her next year to carry the line. Hopefully we'll be able to purchase another Nigerian in a few months, and then we plan to alternate breeding and milking, so each doe has a break and remains healthy.
So that is what's happening around these parts. What's going on in your neck of the woods?