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Not ready for cold weather

October 24, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
I find myself searching for the right outerwear before I leave the house each morning.

Will it be warm enough later on that I don’t really need that heavy coat? Can I get away with just a sweater all day? What a decision!

These are the days when we don’t know whether to turn on the heat or just open the drapes and let the sun warm up our rooms through the windows. Amazingly, Tuesday the sun was shining and it was raining at the same time! As I drove home, my windshield wipers were on fast speed but I had my visor down to block the sun.

But we all know what’s coming. Last week a Canadian friend of mine reported snow in her backyard. A few days ago, my husband said it was snowing in upstate New York. I’m not ready for the “s” word just yet, although curling up under a warm afghan with a cat on my lap and a hot cup of tea on the table beside me is a nice way to spend an evening.

Cold weather also prompts me to get out all of those frozen things I painstakingly put up from the harvest just for days like this. Things like green beans to toss in hot pots of soup and dried tomatoes to stir-fry in a veggie and pasta dinner. Freezer bags filled with cherries and blueberries wait to be added to steaming bowls of oatmeal. This is the real way to eat on cold days.

This morning; however, I was in a rush, yet again, and scrambled up a couple farm fresh eggs and toasted a couple slices of whole wheat bread. Oatmeal is looking pretty good for tomorrow though.

Soup for lunch was on the menu and I brought that breakfast banana along in my lunch bag. I love my new lunch bag, by the way, which I found in the sporting goods section of a local department store. It has a wide mouth opening and holds a lot. I always toss in a frozen gel-pack to keep everything cold that needs to be cold.

 
 

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Breakfast: 2 ounces grains; 2 ounces meat; 90 discretionary calories