Food, Community And All Things Sustainable

January 12, 2010


The drive to work on Sunday was made all the more pleasant by a most awesome sunrise. Since I drive westward, I can only say that my eyes were glued to the rear view mirror. This incredible sunrise started as a pink strip below a deep purple low-lying cloud. That pink strip continued to grow in height until the entire eastern sky was bursting with pink.

Wish I had taken the camera with me..

January 7, 2010

Going nowhere

We are going nowhere today. Interstate closed for day two, due to yesterday's snow storm and today's blowing and drifting snow. -7 with a -27 windchill. No traffic in town except the big snow removal equipment: graders, tractors with buckets, tractors and more tractors . . . some with wind-blown red-faced drivers as the tractor is open. Every once in a while we hear machinery grinding away. We scurry over to the window on our wool socked feet, peer out and gape-mouthed start to wonder who is driving that big piece of machinery. There is so much snow to move, drifts are everywhere, those tractors are needed.

Through some sort of special blessing, I was off work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, so no lost wages. However I am concerned that it's supposed to be -20 when I have to work on Friday night. I'm thinking I need to give the boss a call.

The upside of all this going no where business is we are tearing through beading and knitting projects here, cooking and eating constantly. Breakfast: a wonderful raisin and almond laced multi grain cereal topped with cream. Lunch: curried cauliflower with rice. Snack: rice pudding with currants and cream. I hear pounding in the kitchen right now, so I'm thinking swiss steak for supper. Oh yes, the zucchini bread removed from it's storage place on the unheated front porch should be thawed enough to cut and slather with fresh butter. Tea, we need some ginger mint tea.

Welcome to South Dakota, that's what all my new friends are telling me, welcome to South Dakota.

January 6, 2010


rustic night bone cold
grandmother's woolen quilt warmth
sound sleep with sweet dreams


a herring breakfast
nod to my Nordic roots
with akurgsalat


bitter cold night work
bundle up to make certain
car starts for day work


prairie winters cold
treeless snow blown horizon
blustery bone cold chill


Interesting drive to work the other day. Roads were clear, no snow, no ice. About 6.5 miles into it, I noticed what I thought was snow blowing across the road. I'm hoping it's really a mirage, cuz I know that blowing snow can mean icy roads.

Then it dawned on me that the snow appeared to be blowing on more than just the road. There was a total white out in front of me. I'm all confused, can't see 10 feet in front of me...and then I realize what has just happened. I've driven into frozen fog.

We get lots of that around here. Most mornings we wake up to frozen fog on everything: trees, house, cars. It's beautiful. And incredibly scary stuff to drive in.