COLD FACTS

BURRS WINTER FROSTED MARCH 2018 BARLEY DARTS

Even when they sparkle, thistles and thorns remain thistles and thorns.  While some prefer to be deceived, we’ll remain thankful for the cold facts.

GREEN WITH ENVY

RUTABAGA COMMERCIAL MARCH 2018 BARLEY DARTS

Yes, I envy Southern folks.  Their Spring gardens are already planted.  While they are plodding in warm soil, I’m treading on thin ice.

Yet, I’m still thankful it’s March.  And I refuse to see anything but green.  In fact, I’m determined that plants will pop up here, there, and everywhere… inside the house.

Instead of stir-crazy, I get a little seed crazy this time of year.  Guess, I’m not alone.  Maybe, I’ll just blame it on the sunlight.

THURSDAY THANKS: LEEKS

DEHYDRATED LEEKS BARLEY DARTS

Thanks to one of Keith’s cousins, we love leeks.  They are amazing fresh from the garden, simmered in soups, or caramelized.  They are also a staple for our winter pantry.  Dehydrated, they retain both their green color and a mild flavor.  Just add them to baked potatoes, omelettes, and chicken soup for an instant taste of summer.

THURSDAY THANKS: STILLNESS

WINTER CREEK BARLEY DARTS FEB 2018

In a 24/7 world, some stillness can do a body and soul good.  Just find a place where it doesn’t get you run over.

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!