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Party Like It's 1929...in Narnia

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.....Angel




RobbieJo said:

watched Ms. Clara, she's full of spunk!!  LOL   Sure made me miss my grandma!  Wish I had talked to her more, although I did a lot.

February 26, 2009 4:37 PM

cgbascom said:


Do you think that if we all get together and banish the White Witch, we may at least see green in our yards very soon? Here in the UP we are now walking on the snow due to the crusty layer brought on by the misty rain we had this week. My ladies (chickens) do love the snow in their water dish. At least there's that.

By the way, Clara is cooking dishes that my mother used to cook when I was growing up. My mother died last spring. Clara makes me smile when I remember my mother cooking and talking about family. I used to think my mom was a genius because she would consult the cookbook occasionally, while she was cooking to make sure the measurements were right, but she usually cooked without it. Now my granddaughter helps me make bread and I hope she is getting these memories to look back on when she is older.

March 8, 2009 8:33 PM

Millers Grain House said:

Oh my goodness Clara IS awesome! I subscribed to her videos when she first started. When I got on to do my little money saving videos from the kitchen, she was the first one I found! What an inspiration!

I also have made friends with a wonderful lady in town who was a child in the great depression and she reminds me each week how hard they had to work as a family - but that they found JOY in that and never knew they were 'doing without' because they loved to help their Mama keep the family together (her daddy died when she was 7, leaving 5 kids with a Mama to raise them in the deperession - how's THAT for overcoming! Impressive Mom!)

Anway - great post! Love the connection to the long winter!

Keep it up!


March 16, 2009 3:23 PM

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