The winds have literally been whipping over the plains and down to our Ozark Mountains in the past week, so I guess it’s appropriate that the figurative winds of change are also blowing on our mountain.
Expected changes are afoot, such as the light lingering longer before falling to shadows in the evening, but there are also some other changes in our little corner of the world.
Our neighbors put their house on the market a couple of months ago. When they told us beforehand, it was a quite unexpected move since they had been working on their Dream House for the past decade and expected to retire there.
They had looked for land for some time, as many do, after vacationing here and began building their home about ¾ of a mile down the road shortly after we finished construction on Our Little House.
Since we were all “weekenders” we had little interaction with them until we moved here nearly seven years ago.
The biggest thing we had in common was our hometown, we all moved here from Kansas City. It was good for us to have someone near us who understood the culture we had lived in all of our lives.
After we moved here, we enjoyed dinners at each other’s homes, including many holidays. I went down to let their dogs run when they wanted to take day trips, Rae taught me to can and we shopped in town together, particularly when my Baby Blazer was parked after my crash.
When I left my office On December 20 for the holidays, I planned on taking no more than a couple of weeks off, returning on January 2, but the best laid plans.
It’s been a rough winter at Our Little House so far. We’ve had weather, lots of weather, with snow and ice and brutal cold.
In the winter, most of us cannot garden, but we can read about gardening and that’s almost as good!
Today, Vincent Simeone, author of Grow More With Less gives Living Largers some tips on building a sustainable garden.
Simeone says that sustainable gardening doesn’t have to lead to a massive garden overhaul. In his book, he makes sustainable gardening accessible to all. His theory is you should, “make your garden work for you. Make it give more than it takes.”
He suggests creating big projects mixed with plenty of smaller projects that give big rewards.
"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories." ~From the movie An Affair to Remember
I was sitting in Our Little House this weekend enjoying the warmth of the wood stove and looking out onto the 10.5 inches of snow when a craving from a long time past hit me.
Russian Tea. There was nothing that would make me happier than a nice, hot cup of Russian Tea.
I don’t remember if my mother received a jar as a gift or if she got the recipe, as she did so many ideas then from Country Living Magazine, but I do remember it was Christmas 1979 when I believe she first started making it.