Saturday, November 6, 2010

First Freeze

Last night we had our first freeze of the year....a little late but still welcomed:) I gathered the last of our bell peppers and green tomatoes,tucked in the critters and stoked up the fire! I am a bit excited that "snuggling weather" is here :)
The air is so crisp and cool and the leaves are falling quickly. I checked on the broccoli and decided to wait a little longer before cutting it. It will be warmer again next week and with the past 3 days of rain it is sure to put on extra growth. We have already eaten some of our turnip greens but they will definitely be better after the colder weather sets in.
I made lots of green tomato salsa and canned it up for later use. We kept sampling it with saltine crackers due to the fact that we are trying to lose weight and be HEALTHY and have a no chips rule in the house at the moment.
It takes a lot of work and preparation to eat healthy. It is so easy to get in the habit of just grabbing what is easiest when you are tired or hurrying . I made lots of fresh yogurt and feta this week so that it will be there when we need a quick snack. Granola will be the next baking project.
I am working on keeping fresh raw veggies in the fridge so we have no excuses. It will get harder to make good choices as we head into the holiday season.
For some crazy reason when the weather gets cool I start longing for comfort foods.....soups,cornbread,sweet potatoes and pastas. It must be a built in mechanism from our past when it was necessary to have more calories when battling the cold lean winters.
I think that our does get the same calling as breeding season starts. The once placid animals that picked at the grain and hay that is before them 24/7 in the summer are devouring it as fast as I can fill up the feeders. The minerals and protein blocks that I put out are are gone in record time.
I see squirrels and chipmunks darting here and there competing for the acorns and hickory nuts .They are stockpiling for the winter. Bugs,flies and every creature that crawls and slithers are trying to make their way into my house or barn. There is a whisper on the wind that is telling us to prepare for what is ahead.
We all move rhythmically,animals and humans alike in a zombie state driven by prodding ancient rituals as old as time. I marvel at how they all seem to know how to prepare even in their first winter season. As I putter around in what is the fall sequel of spring cleaning, my mind toys with the often quoted verse in Ecclesiastes. It becomes exceedingly clear to me that they prepare for something that they have little or no knowledge about . They follow faithfully in the order that God set before them.
It is a delicate ballet as they dance from one day to another,one season following the next until their work here is finished. The Maestro conducts a beautiful symphony from on high. There is so much comfort for the faithful to be carried by HIM IN HIS PERFECT ORDER. Even the smallest of creatures know the TRUTH!
It is only we as humans that sometimes forget .....

Bible in Basic English

1 For everything there is a fixed time, and a time for every business under the sun.

2 A time for birth and a time for death; a time for planting and a time for uprooting;

3 A time to put to death and a time to make well; a time for pulling down and a time for building up;

4 A time for weeping and a time for laughing; a time for sorrow and a time for dancing;

5 A time to take stones away and a time to get stones together; a time for kissing and a time to keep from kissing;

6 A time for search and a time for loss; a time to keep and a time to give away;

7 A time for undoing and a time for stitching; a time for keeping quiet and a time for talk;

8 A time for love and a time for hate; a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What profit has the worker in the work which he does? 10 I saw the work which God has put on the sons of man.

11 He has made everything right in its time; but he has made their hearts without knowledge, so that man is unable to see the works of God, from the first to the last.

12 I am certain that there is nothing better for a man than to be glad, and to do good while life is in him. 13 And for every man to take food and drink, and have joy in all his work, is a reward from God. 14 I am certain that whatever God does will be for ever. No addition may be made to it, nothing may be taken from it; and God has done it so that man may be in fear before him. 15 Whatever is has been before, and what is to be is now; because God makes search for the things which are past.

16 And again, I saw under the sun, in the place of the judges, that evil was there; and in the place of righteousness, that evil was there. 17 I said in my heart, God will be judge of the good and of the bad; because a time for every purpose and for every work has been fixed by him. 18 I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men, so that God may put them to the test and that they may see themselves as beasts. 19 Because the fate of the sons of men and the fate of the beasts is the same. As is the death of one so is the death of the other, and all have one spirit. Man is not higher than the beasts; because all is to no purpose. 20 All go to one place, all are of the dust, and all will be turned to dust again. 21 Who is certain that the spirit of the sons of men goes up to heaven, or that the spirit of the beasts goes down to the earth? 22 So I saw that there is nothing better than for a man to have joy in his work--because that is his reward. Who will make him see what will come after him?

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