THURSDAY THANKS: SUNSHINE!

WINTER DAY SOUTH PEN FEB 2018 BARLEY DARTS

When the sun makes an appearance ’round here, we all do our best to get out and soak it up.  In fact, it doesn’t even matter the temperature outside.  As long as there’s no wind, every one of us will be sunbathing.  It feels so good and we are so grateful for all that natural, vitamin D!  So, what about all that white stuff?  Well, let’s just pretend that it’s sand.

THURSDAY THANKS: TERMOFOR

HOT WATER BOTTLE BARLEY DARTS

I can’t believe this is 145 YEARS OLD!  Well, not this particular one.  Anyway, hot water bottles are nothing new.  In fact, even before there the rubber ones, there were ceramic, hot water bottles.  There were also bed warming pans, filled with hot embers.  All warmed cold beds and frigid feet.  Then electric blankets were developed in 1912 and electric socks in the 1950’s.  Yet, I still marvel at the effective simplicity of a humble, rubberized, hot water bottle.  So, my cold feet and I give thanks to Slavoljub Eduard Penkala.  He was the Croatian engineer who created it in 1903.  And in case you’re wondering, he called it a Termofor.

 

THURSDAY THANKS: THE DARK SIDE

Chocolate Bar Ophelias BBQ chip dark before 2017

Keith and I purchased this chocolate bar for a gift.  It was to accompany another package.  We tried our best to fit it into the mailing box.  But honest, the box was too small.  So, we then tried breaking it into smaller pieces.  However, they all started to melt.  It was making such a mess, that we had to lick it off our fingers.  And… well… um… Mmm!

THURSDAY THANKS: WARM BLANKETS

BLANKET PLAID BARLEY DARTS

 

We are grateful for warm blankets.  And we are fortunate to have plenty of options.  This particular one was a gift to us from Keith’s mom.  No, it’s not handmade or an heirloom.  It’s modern and machine-made.  It’s also soft, light weight, and extremely warm.  In fact, it’s the perfect lap blanket.  Which explains why Keith and I have been fighting over it.

THURSDAY THANKS: HAY

HAY BARLEY DARTS

It’s that time of year where we are especially thankful for our hay.  Our winters are often harsh and long.  In fact, we still have another three months to go.  Meanwhile, our critters have to eat.  And hay is an important part of their diets.  Unfortunately, the quality of our hay is at best, fair.  So, we have been working diligently to improve its nutritional value.  More seeding was done again last fall.  And still more will be done this spring, summer, and fall…  seed by seed, little by little, step by step, season by season, and year by year.

THURSDAY THANKS: SURPRISE VISITOR

DEER SUPRISE VISIT 2018 BARLEY DARTS

While this surprise visitor is being nosy and is a picky eater, she could care less about:

Our home’s condition.

Our religious and political associations.

Our sex and age.

Our financial status.

Our Wi-Fi availability.

She is most welcome here; anytime.

 

THURSDAY THANKS: KINDRED SPIRITS & SQUASH

SQUASH BLACK & DECKER OVEN BARLEY DARTS 2018

We’re thankful for the friends that gifted us this Kindred squash.  For many years, we’ve grown green, buttercup squash.  But, this was our first time eating Kindred.  It’s an orange shelled, buttercup squash with a green star on the end.  The flesh is also orange.  When cooked, the aroma is irresistible.  It has a creamy texture with a mild, sweet flavor.  Add butter and you have dinner.  Add butter toasted, candied walnut pieces and you have dessert.  Add with cream cheese and layer with lasagna noodles, then spinach with ricotta, onion, and bacon bits and you have a gourmet meal.  We highly recommend growing and sharing lots of buttercup squash.  They’re perfect for cold climates and packed with vital nutrients.  Not only do kids love them, so do all of our critters.  But, beware.  They don’t share them.  Instead, they fight over them.  And Lord help any animal that tries to take one away from our cow, Eliza.