Whoever came up with the idea that a woman’s mind is like having the computer browser with 37 tabs open all at the same time, must be female. My mind likes to think one or two steps ahead and sometimes not be present in the moment or task at hand. The Rancher frequently reminds me to pay attention to what I am doing. I frequently tell him that “if I’m not half a step ahead of you, I’m three steps behind!”
As we prepare for calving season, my mind is thinking about food I can grab out of the freezer; casseroles or meat that I reheat, muffins and sweets too. On those busy days when we are dealing with unforeseen time consuming issues I don’t always have time to cook and I know we need a hot meal.
The last two weeks I have slowly been building up my stash. I have sloppy joe meat and a casserole in the freezer. J and I are going to smoke a Boston butt and maybe a turkey to have on hand too.
The good news I feel better prepared for calving season. The bad news is I have no more food storage containers in my cupboard.
What are freezer meals or foods you like to have on hand? What are some survival tips you have for calving season?
As you can see from my pictures, I’ve been working on some mixed media art. It’s been slow going as I end up squeezing it in after working outside. I enjoy the creative process and poke away at it when time and energy allow.
I have several pieces done, but have not photographed them yet. That’s on my short list; keep an eye out for them next week.
I am currently reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. If you have any interest in biology, the medical field and/or history of american medicine this is the book for you. I can hardly put it down.
I recently finished Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Jump Start The World. It tackles a few contemporary social issues. Not my favorite Hyde book, but I enjoy the characters she creates and how they develop through the story.
If you enjoy watching Desperate Housewives or Real Housewives, then Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty should be on your reading list. The Husband’s Secret is the other Moriarty book that I have read. I enjoyed the later better than Big Little Lies, but that’s just my opinion.
February continues to be mild on the prairie. Late last week and weekend we had temperatures in the 50-60’s. Monday was frosty with a dense fog advisory. We had heavy fog and low visibility all day. Tuesday and Wednesday were balmy with temps in the 20-30* range and Tuesday was windy. Sounds like we are in for some cooler air, but still relatively mild for February in South Dakota.
What is the weather like where you’re at? Have you started calving or lambing?