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Quote of the Day: John Steinbeck

November 23rd, 2014

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” 

John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley in Search of America)

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Yesterday we spent a lot of time outside preparing for winter. It was cold, but it was good. I don’t mind being cold if there’s a fire to warm up by somewhere close. Today will be more of the same, stock tank heaters need to go into the duck ponds, pigs need extra hay for bedding, the last of the potted planted need to be moved into the garage, firewood needs moved and stacked, the roses need mulching along with so many other things. I certainly enjoy doing these chores when it’s cold outside and I enjoy coming back inside for a nice cup of hot chocolate afterwards!
If you have never read Travels with Charlie you should. Better yet, get the audiobook version and listen to it on your next road trip. You won’t be disappointed!

What’s on your getting ready for winter chore list?

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: John Steinbeck”
  1. Nebraska Dave on November 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Susy, I’ve been sharping up my pencil to start adding to the Winter project list. There are many and most won’t get completed. The biggest one is to continue to work on the basement. More sorting through 30 years of storage and determining what is give away, throw away, or keep takes time. My seed starting area could use some expansion. The food storage area could use more shelves. And last the dreaded wall paper in the bathroom needs to be removed and the walls painted. I’ve been told that the yellow paper with green palm trees are so …. well …. 1960s. At least I don’t have far to go to work on Winter projects. I’m finding things that I never knew I had. Now what to do with them is the question.

    Have a great Winter preparation day.

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  2. Rachel on November 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Most of our get-ready-for-winter chores are complete. I noticed you are reading Tender. I too recently picked this book up from the library and found it inspiring. A new brussels sprouts recipe has been added to my Thanksgiving menu thanks to Slater!

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  3. Sarah on November 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Cutting back the asparagus, picking up pecans, raking leaves, and maybe sowing some kale today. Last weekend it was in the 20s, yesterday we got 7 inches of rain, and today it’s 81 degrees! Makes it kind of hard to figure out WHAT to do.

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