It is being pounded into people's awareness until they almost become numb.
This is our first major winter storm in Kentucky. It is kind of odd as we didn't need to do anything extra or special. We are set even if there is a major power failure, the woodshed is in good shape, the propane is fine, the livestock feed is stored safely in the dry secure utility building and our food stocks are, if not bulging with treats, in very good shape.
We have books and games and crafts to pass time with it being miserable outside and we can always go to the tobacco barn to chicken watch.
However habits are hard to break and TSC was having a sale so we did go to town. The road crews have done their job and the roads are salted. The day was nice with sunny breaks but you could feel the storm in the air...that strange expectancy weather has when something is brewing. We got the bins and containers we wanted, picked up some meat at the IGA and marveled at the difference in preparedness shopping here compared to Virginia.
Here people were buying canned goods, things that didn't need a lot of cooking or an oven, things that didn't need refrigeration. This was so different than what we saw in Virginia. One young couple was talking about their supply of wood or how their new gas range had a battery igniter. (The young wife was so proud her husband had bought the stove for her Christmas present, exactly the one she wanted) One lady said she only had electric but her Amish neighbors had offered her a place to stay if power failed. Unlike the highly urban supermarkets we had been in last winter this store had shelves of perishables that were full. The canned and dry goods shelves were low though. It was an interesting difference in approach.
We finished our shopping and headed home. A quick stop at the Amish Hardware to see if the axe we ordered for me was in (sigh...it wasn't) . Of course the axe purchase got Ralph teasing me about wanting this axe and then he told the Amish men at the store he had a bad back so I chopped the wood....but I didn't like his man sized double bitted axe!
Whe we got back to the farm we unloaded the car and did the chores. Then we went in for supper, I had left a pot of beans simmering on the stove and the house smelled really good. I whipped up some cornbread for Ralph to have with his beans. It's one of his favorite combinations.
Now it gets odd....these beans had been soaked overnight and then simmered with molasses, onions, bacon and spices, I have cooked beans like this hundreds of times before, as I said they are one of Ralph's favorite foods. The beans were still hard, more than AL dente....actually almost crunchy. Ah....cooking failure! I have never had beans not soften up like these ones.
Well we had soup for supper and Ralph did enjoy his cornbread...I am not sure what I will do with the darned beans, they do taste good but they sure are hard. An unusual end to a rather nice winter day.
We are now cozy and snug in our little house in Kentucky, just waiting to see what happens in the next few days.
Take care everyone and be safe and stay warm!