MONDAY MEMOIR: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CHICK FIL A BARLEY DARTS

Last week, Keith and I were out of town for a medical appointment.  Afterwards, I got to eat at one of my favorite, fast-food restaurants.  (Yes, I recognize the contradiction.)  Anyway, as I ate, I studied the other customers who surrounded us.  And as I did so, I recalled words from long ago…

“As more families no longer cook and no longer eat dinner together, at a table in a home without distractions, America will fall.”  These were not the words of a radical politician.  These were the words of an elderly and meek professor.  He insisted, “I will be dead when this happens, so write it down now.  I want you to remember I said it.  You have been forewarned.”

The year was 1986.  I was single, 19 years old, and this was the first day of my sophomore classes.  I stared back at the professor wide-eyed, like the rest of the students.  We sat in silence, shocked and confused.  He looked at us with disappointment and seemed to think we were a remedial group.  So, he simplified the instructions and said, “Just write it down.”

We opened our notebooks and gave quick, side-way glances to our neighbors.  Shoulders were shrugged, but we complied and wrote down his words.  However, I was not alone in thinking this old man had lost his mind.  How could my lack of cooking skills, bring the world’s greatest nation to her knees?  It seemed too hard to swallow.

Yet, decades later, his words keep coming back up.  And as a homesteader and mother, I still find myself chewing on them…

 

PLATE VENISON POTATOES SPROUTS BARLEY DARTS

SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS: TASTE OF WINTER

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Ann Bradstreet

 

ICE ON WINDOW PANE BARLEY DARTS

 

 

SNOW STORM DEC 2017 MOTORGRADER BARLEY DARTS

 

 

SNOW TREE 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

 

SNOW BANK LODGE DEC 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

 

ICE ON RED LAKE BARLEY DARTS

 

 

WINTER TREES BLUE SKY BARLEY DARTS

 

 

PINE CONE BRANCH BARLEY DARTS

FRIDAY FRONTIER: SMILES

K AND DARYL CALVES BARLEY DARTS

This is a photo of Keith and his kid brother, Daryl working with calves.  Some people would say that they were just kids, playing.  Regardless, their muscles and minds were hard at work.  And such experiences also built strong work ethics.

Yesterday, Keith helped his parents load their annual shipment of calves.  Afterwards, Keith realized that he’d been doing it for damn-near, fifty years.  That meant that his parents have been doing it about seventy.

As I watched the cattle truck pull away, I also watched Keith and his parents.  There were no frowns or words of frustration.  Instead, they smiled.  Without words, they celebrated another year of hard work and satisfaction in a job well done.

THURSDAY THANKS: COW KISSES

COW KISSES 2017 BARLEY DARTS

I’m thankful for cow kisses.  This is Eliza and she caught me off guard.  Looks like she was surprised by her own impulsiveness, too!

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: CERULEAN

 

CERULEAN SKY BLUE WINTER TREES BARLEY DARTS

Cerulean: Color of Deep Sky Blue.

(Raw Mother Nature; no filter photo)

TUESDAY TAIL TALE: MAYA’S SNOWFLAKES

MAYA SNOW 2017 BARLEY DARTS

Snow.  Snow.  Yummy, snow!  I just love catching snowflakes.  Little ones, big ones, fluffy ones, and cold ones- they’re all tasty.  And I’ve been doing it since I was a puppy.  Now that I’m older, I don’t run around trying to catch them anymore.  I just stand still and let them come to me.