We have a three day storm system with winds coming in from the northeast.
I never mind when these storms bring in snow, even though
we often end up with well over a foot within a few hours. But, this system is starting as snow,
changing to sleet, changing to rain, changing to sleet, changing to snow,
changing… and it is supposed to continue into Friday, with day time
temperatures at or above freezing (worst case scenario.)
This morning I got up, my wife had fed the new cats and had
|Baby Toula - age four months|
|Bella with the beautiful eyes - age four years|
I ate breakfast, then relaxed with a cup of tea before going
out to fill the bird feeders and bring in two days of firewood before the storm
Snow started about two pm.
We will likely lose electricity during this storm, as wet snow and sleet
will stick to power lines, or at the very least bring down tree limbs on the
We have LP gas lamps installed in the living room and
kitchen, a kerosene lamp that we can move from room to room, also a battery
lantern and flashlights.
|This is an earlier picture from Solstice 2010, but note the gas lamp in the upper left |
We can heat
with wood and cook on the gas stove top (though
the oven will not work without electricity.)
bear once told me, “You’ll be alright.
Winter time is the time for homemade soups.
I do the majority of cooking at the house – because I like
it. For some reason my wife doesn't complain. The thing I do not like is
making salads: it always seems so boring and repetitious.
So, today was a soup day for lunch. One of my favorite recipe books is Twelve
Months of Monastery Soups
(I also have
the Twelve Months of Monastery Salads book but don’t use it often.)
Today was just a simple cream of tomato soup:
I diced one medium onion; put a chunk of butter and enough
olive oil in the bottom of the soup pan to sautéed the onions until tender, then
added a tablespoon of dried parsley, a teaspoon of thyme and a couple of
teaspoons of dried basil – cooked for a couple of more minutes before adding a
28 ounce can of diced tomatoes (unseasoned.) Let it simmer about ten minutes, added two
teaspoons of sugar and puréed it with the hand blender. Once the mixture was uniform I added about
twelve ounces of half and half cream (look at it and taste it until it seems
I keep a small container with a couple of ounces of olive
oil and a crushed garlic clove soaking (I
use it for cooking or as a dip for my bread instead of butter,) I slices a baguette
and coated the inside with the garlic oil and browned it in a skillet.
A nice tomato soup and garlic bread – it doesn't get much
Tonight for supper: a salad, grilled salmon fillets cooked
on the George Forman (if we still have electricity,) rice and canned green
Tomorrow I will probably be snow blowing the driveway and
digging out the front and back doors.
Just a note; if you
are considering buying a snow blower look for one with a round snow chute (the
tube where the snow comes out.) I have a
Sears snow blower and it works fine except with wet snow. The
snow chute is rectangular and prone to clogging up. My friend has one with a round chute and doesn't have this problem.
Need to feed the wood stove…