FRIDAY FRONTIER: SASQUATCH

SASQUATCH SHADOWS BARLEY DARTS

Jane Goodall is quoted as having said, “Well, I’m a romantic, so I always wanted (Sasquatch) to exist.”  Perhaps, I’m a romantic, too.  Why?  Because I see Sasquatch, Big Foot, or Yeti in the shadow of this photo.  And those tracks?  Well, isn’t that just more proof she’s roaming our North Woods again?

 

 

FRIDAY FRONTIER: GIRL POWER

MEET AND GREET DAUGHTERINLAW BARLEY DARTS

Keith and I will soon be blessed with a daughter!  We admit that it took us by surprise, but we couldn’t be happier!  Tomorrow, we shower her with our blessings.  I just hope I don’t overwhelm her with my excitement.  I’ve been outnumbered by the guys for a long time.  You know, guys rule, girls drool?  So, look out boys!  From now on, there’s gonna be double the girl power!

FRIDAY FRONTIER: WORTH THE WAIT

CANNING PORK BROTH BARLEY DARTS

Wait.  Meanwhile, save up some money.  Next, find and purchase a boar and a gilt.  Then feed the gilt and the boar, twice a day.  Wait about 6 months for the gilt to mature.  Then put her in with the boar.  Wait 1 to 2 cycles for them to mate.  Continue feeding the gilt and boar, twice a day.  Wait another 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days.  Then at 3:00 am count your piglets.  Next, feed your piglets, twice a day.  Wait 9 to 12 months.  Then harvest a pig or two.  Wait for the meat to cool.  Next, cut up your pork and fill a roasting pan.  Bake low and slow.  Wait again.  Remove most of the meat from the pan and cool.  Meanwhile, fill canning jars with the broth.  Process broth in a pressure canner.  Wait some more.  While you’re waiting, shred the meat, package it, and freeze it.  Repeat.  Then wait for a special day, just around the corner.  When it arrives, thaw the meat and heat it with the broth.  Wait one last time.  Then bless and share it with family and friends, knowing it was well worth all the wait.

 

FRIDAY FRONTIER: RED SKY

RED SUNRISE BARLEY DARTS

On our way to Bemidji, we chased this spectacular sunrise.  Within minutes, it culminated into a sea of red that flooded the whole sky.  And while we were enthralled by its beauty, we were also concerned.  Why? “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.  Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.”  It was an omen that our drive home would not be nearly as pleasant.  In fact, a snow storm with 55 mph winds didn’t wait for our drive home.  It was right on the heels of this sunrise.  And well, let’s just say, it wasn’t nearly as colorful.

 

 

 

FRIDAY FRONTIER: ICE FISHING

 

People come from all over the U.S. just to ice fish here.  Some come from other countries.  And we’re often told how lucky we are to live here.  Folks say they wish they could trade places with us.  They think we “ice fish all the time”.  Of course, we don’t have the heart to tell them that it’s a treat for us, too.  Alas, we have to schedule it in, much like they do.  But, we don’t have to travel as far.  And we can sleep in our own beds.  And we can fish more often.  And we get to know all the good spots.  And… well, we’re lucky to live here and wouldn’t trade places with anyone.  However, we will trade stories!

FRIDAY FRONTIER: APPLES 2 APPLES

APPLE AND APPLE I PHONE STICKER BARLEY DARTS 2018

 

We finally chose Ruby Frost and an iPhone 8.  Interestingly, both are high tech.  Decades upon decades of human research are invested in each of them.  They are survivors in a group of the “fittest” … for the moment.  On any given day, their rank may rise toward domination or fall to extinction.  Regardless, we played a part in it.  How?  We are consumers.

Now, some folks find it easy to be a consumer of just about anything, without question.  Then there are those who struggle with simple, everyday choices.  As older homesteaders, we often struggle.  Why?  We know that even simple choices have ripple effects.  In other words, you reap what you buy and sow or what you don’t.  Unfortunately, there is also the trickle-down effect, too.  Meaning, you may also reap the negatives of what others sow or don’t.  Poor choices often affect innocent others.

Alas, straddling the fence sometimes feels like the best choice.  That is until the fence is electrified.  Then you find out that even indifference has its own set of consequences.  And other times, opting out entirely is so very tempting…

FRIDAY FRONTIER: PLOWING AHEAD

KEITH RAM PLOW BARLEY DARTS 2018

We finally bought a replacement Ram truck.  It’s red like our last one and was locally owned and operated.  It also has a plow.  And the timing couldn’t have been better.  We got hit yesterday with another big snowstorm.  Let me tell you, it’s wonderful to have our own plow.  Keith usually has to plow our long drive and pathways with a tractor and bucket.  Since there’s no cab on the tractor, he’s nearly frozen by the time he finishes.  Not to mention, there are no lights.  He’s been using a battery operated headlamp.  But, we’re not complaining, honest.  Why?  The original homesteaders here would have had to plow by horse and lantern or by hand.  And they didn’t have the extreme-weather clothing and boots that we have today.  Alas, their ways were more sustainable than ours, but only if they managed to survive.