Will hauled in extra firewood while I put new shavings down in the duck and chicken coops. I’ve been busy trying to shell out the two crates of Carminat pole beans. These lovely slender, purple pole beans are so beautiful and crispy tender, we can’t be without them. Unfortunately, the seeds are small and are very hard to get out of the pods. I worked half an hour and only retrieved a large handful of beans! You can’t tread on them in a bucket, either, as the remnants of the pod clings to the beans stubbornly. Maybe this is why the commercial beans are very expensive — $44 a pound!
Our friend, Tom, was scheduled for another procedure at Mayo Clinic on the 13th of this month (tomorrow) and his friend, who was going to drive him down, developed RSV. So, at the last minute, Tom called me and asked if I could take him. Of course, I don’t mind a bit but we’re both concerned about the big storm that’s headed our way. There are between 4 and 18 inches of snow coming. Ish! I’m praying hard we can squeeze in between the storm cycles and make it down and back safely.
I’m getting serious about plotting out my gardens for spring as the grocery shelves continue to have lots of blank spaces. And the prices keep on climbing upward. I saw eggs for $5.99 a dozen yesterday. I feel like kissing each of our hens right on the lips! I feel so blessed to have the ability to grow most of our own food and have a fat pantry full of thousands of jars of beautiful food, already put up for future meals. — Jackie