January 13, 2010

Don’t ask me to explain any more than that, and if you don’t understand how a gas flame can make gas refrigerators freeze water, maybe we should all go back to school together.  I know my grand and great grandchildren know more about computers and TV clickers than I, and I don’t care, but I worry about how they will handle the increasing number of things to learn about as they grow old!  Hopefully and probably, they will manage.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We do welcome the daylight hours getting longer, as hours of night grow shorter.  Now is the time to go out to your shop, and get your gardening tools ready for the next gardening season.  Pruning shears and saws, hoes, lawnmower blades, and tiller blades do a much neater job when sharpened.  Of course, you could take them all to a professional – and I know they get them sharper than I do, but I want to outlive the productive life of my retirement stocks and bonds, so I, as nearly always, sharpen most of them myself.     

There were a lot of branches and limbs that were damaged by the heavy ice that arrived last week.  We were lucky that we won’t have to cut down any trees because of ice damage, and we only had a few hours of power loss.  We hated to hear of the vast numbers of people living nearby who went for days before their power was restored, and Indiana-Michigan Power brought in a lot of professional power restorers from out of state to solve the predicted power loss.  They all have our most hearty thanks for their efforts in weather so bad we wouldn’t even leave our house.

Not to be outdone, our neighbor state of Michigan had a more terrible ice storm that left many thousands of residents without power last weekend.  We do admire and respect those who keep the power, water, and heat available – and work extremely long hard hours, regardless of the season or weather conditions to keep us alive and comfortable.

We did enjoy a family Christmas dinner, and we kept our bird feeders full for the large numbers of hungry birds – and a squirrel or two – that kept eating during the short daylight hours.  We even had a hungry small hawk, who tried several times to capture a bird at our feeder, but we would hear him slam into the window beside that bird feeder, and we never saw him carry any of our feeding birds away.    

We are embarked on a long, hard journey to recover from the effects, as I see it, of C. E. O. greed and loss of governmental regulation.  Of course, the stock market crash of the 30’s, occurred when it was illegal to loan money to individuals at more than six percent interest per year, and there were no sub-prime loans.  I feel there was more personal pride of adults when I was a child, and when Eskimo Pies (chocolate coated ice cream on a stick) entered my life at $.05 each, and I learned I could eat one on Wednesday without paying for it – I wound up with a $2.50 bill quickly, and the store owner called my Dad, who stopped and paid my bill on the way to my school. I got a severely physical and painful training session while my father explained why it was much better to pay for something before I got it, rather than after.

Of course, a few years before that, he had gone into bankruptcy, and had to read a pauper’s oath to his friends and relatives in open court – but in addition he did repay the money that had been loaned to him.   I consider that one of, if not the most important things he ever did for me.  The current economic problems have left me poorer than I felt I was last year at this time, but we will survive. We certainly, as our parents did, will rely more heavily on our own production and food preservation from our own.  .  .  .  .  good gardening

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