Join Happy Tonics, Inc., Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College and the Sustainable Living Institute for the first Annual Event (Nov. 2010 – May 2011). The program takes place on November 3, 2010. Hope you can join us from 12 noon – 2 p.m. Pot luck, film: Power of Community and Guest speaker.
Wake me up! I didn’t realize it was December 24 until five minutes ago and it is 2:31 p.m. in the afternoon. Days just slip by when you are on retreat in the Great North Woods.
I woke up feeling lethargic. We are in the middle of a big snow storm. It has been snowing all day and perhaps last night also. Snow fall was over my boots this morning and about covered Sadie when we were outside. I did put out bird seed this morning.
The squirrels were totally covered in the snow with only their faces peeking through and their faces were white. Still they came for the sunflower seed. It looks like 12 inches so far. The weather report says it could go to 16″. No snow plow has come through to plow the country road and mail was not delivered. Who cares!
I only hope that the electricity, phone and heat stays on. It is a damp cold today. Sadie and I are wrapped up in quilts. I haven’t really ventured out today outside of taking Sadie outside three times a day for her daily constitutional.
No wonder we saw hundreds of birds two days ago. They knew a storm was coming and they needed to store up on fat stores. This will help them get through a few days while we are clobbered with the storm.
It is Christmas. Isn’t that a beautiful thought. The forest is covered in snow.
This morning I worked on the newsletter but didn’t feel inspired to write. I finished a draft on the Harris checkerspot butterfly. In the afternoon we took to the bedroom where there is a large window that looks out on the woods I am exploring across the road. It felt so comforting to just watch it snow, snow, snow. I finished reading Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans. It was a good Christmas story.
I am getting tired of my soup and salad diet. Still haven’t lost a pound. Today I made lentils, onions and carrots and that tasted good. The organic eggs were boiled before I came to the cabin and the egg salad sandwiches on nut whole grain bread are delicious. Even the tea spiced with shiitake mushroom and orange and lemon peel tastes good. I forgot to tell you that my friend owns a dairy and gift shop (My Favorite Things) in downtown Shell Lake. She gave me some cheese curds that are made from their dairy before I came away on this trip. Now that is something and I enjoyed every morsel. Talk about eating local and organic.
I hope you enjoy a very happy Christmas Eve.
Be happy readers where ever you are.
Clip art source: paranormal.today.com/…/2008/12/santa-claus.jpg
My friend Sandy Stein said, “You can make butter from Teresa’s organic milk.” I didn’t have a clue how to do this but I bought a half gallon of organic milk from Springbrook Organic Daily. Dahlstrom’s grocery in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, sells this cream line milk. It is absolutely delicious.
The first time I tried to make butter, I poured the cream in a glass bottle and shook the bottle for over a half hour and nothing happened. Then I mentioned my experience to the elders where I live and one said, “You need to let the milk get to room temperature first.” The next time I tried the same experiment with room temperature milk and the cream formed butter.
Granted I didn’t make that much butter but I was so proud of myself. I too can make butter the old fashioned way.