Lately it feels like I live in Narnia: where it's always long, cold Winter, never Christmas, all because of the White Witch.
Maybe because I live in Michigan? Because my Vanguard funds are ever evaporating? Because generic boxed mac and cheese is now .50 each? How about all of the above?
What I wouldn't do for a little Turkish Delight in my life right now....
Whether you consider this a depression or a recession, one thing is certain.....it will last a long time and it will hurt. every sector of society will feel it. Experts (that didn't predict this downturn to begin with) are speculating it will last until the first quarter of 2010. So we have a year yet of "a fine and pleasant misery". (Patrick McManus anyone?)
Have you been on YouTube lately? There is a grandmother that grew up during the Depression producing video streams of depression-era knowledge. I believe it is Cooking with Clara, or something like that. She has such 1930something favorites as Poor Man's Meal, consisting of hot dogs, hash brown potatoes, and onions. Mouth watering yet? At any rate, she is getting lots of hits, and the savvy granny even has a Facebook page. I love it. Gone are the Starbucks latte and Gourmet grapefruit days, hello Hoover meals and a chicken in every pot.
If the road ahead is going to be bumpy for awhile, we should all be educating ourselves on the frugality of living well.
In the meantime, I have dug out my box of saved and discounted seeds from last fall for the garden. I have made a list of what I need yet, and in the next few weeks will be starting our garden seeds in the basement under grow lights. It does a gal good to be thinking of spring things! I am still awaiting the birth of newborn kids (Umm GOAT, not human LOL) and either mail-order or home-incubated chicks.
I'm ready to send the White Witch on her way.....