With the possibility of snow and/or ice, it seemed a good time to get out and fill the birdfeeders this morning. I feel sorry for the birdies when the ground is covered with snow and ice, and I didn't want to risk life and limb traipsing out there tomorrow. As I went, the weeds in the field were crunchy with frost under my feet.
Smitty has been hanging out inside the house in this cold weather, generally making a pest of himself in his boredom. Fortunately, he went outside with me and has stayed out for a while. He'll come in shivering with cold, and then sleep the rest of the day next to the fireplace. It will be a blessed relief for all concerned.
There's been no more progress quilting the Doors of Ireland. I had big ideas about spending the day on it yesterday, but then Mike came into my office and told me he'd found a freezer. I've been lusting after one for years, but recently became downright insistent about getting one. If we're going to continue with the CSA shares (and we are), then I need one if I'm going to have the capacity to put all of the veggies to use. That meant driving down to McMinnville to pick it up at the Sears store down there.
We brought it home and used the forks on the front of the tractor to unload it. That caused me to bite my fingernails down to the quick, but we got 'er done. It's 17.5 cubic feet, which should be big enough to hide several bodies, don't you think?
Once we had it set up and turned on, I wasted no time emptying the smaller freezers of their contents. We have three refrigerators (long story), and we've limped along on their small freezers just fine up until the CSA came into our life. With me making vats of veggie stock, purchasing meats on the bargain meat counters, and keeping lots of different specialty flours, germs, and brans for baking, there wasn't much room left for the day-to-day stuff. (Yes, I am showing you pictures of the inside of my new freezer. It'll never look this neat and clean again.)
We got the chest style so that it would fit under the window in our garage, and I like the bins. It came with four that can be moved around or slid back and forth. I loaded it with 18 quarts of vegetable stock. There would have been more, but I ran out of room. Also, you can see all those specialty flours, brans, meals, and germs that I use in baking. Those took up almost the entire freezer in one of the refrigerators. The packages of meats purchased when the butcher shop marks them down took up all of the space in another one of the freezers.
As much as I loved the CSA this year, we got burned out on some of the greens. There was a bundle of greens in every share, and our appetite just wasn't big enough. I'm looking forward to blanching and freezing them, or else making soups up for freezing next year. I'll be able to give some of that stuff to the kids too. Grateful as I am to be finished with this year's CSA season, I'm excited to get started on the next one now. My head is full of ideas with more room to store more food. We'll be ready for the Big One, if nothing else.
This morning I finished off the little Blankets of Love stitchery.
And I got quite a bit done on the little sewing machine too.
Today I really am going to do some quilting. Thanksgiving is at our house again this year. I got a free turkey with my groceries last week, but Erik is bringing his fryer up and he's going to deep fry it. He claims it's the best turkey ever. Matthew is going to make the sweet potatoes. I'll be doing the rest, but most of it can be done ahead. I think I have cranberries on the agenda for today, and a little housework.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. With a little planning and help, the stress can be kept to a minimum. And with that in mind, I'd better get going on it.