Sunday, March 04, 2012

perfect punctuation


I told myself, before the beginning of winter, that I would take care to punctuate these long snowy days with new experiences, color, and comfort.  Winters are long here and about this time of year I start getting the blahs.  It was perfect timing then that the first batch of sauerkraut that husband made, using the ferementation crock I gave him for christmas, was ready around the same time my brother in law experimented with making corned venison.  I baked up a couple of loaves of rye, and we had ourselves a reuben fest last night.




It was the first time I've ever had a reuben, and washed down with a pint of husband's homemade beer, I must say it was delicious.


Just what I needed.  It made waking up to below-zero temperatures a little more tolerable this morning.

How do you manage cabin fever, the blahs, the greys?  Are you counting the days until spring?

17 comments:

NinnyNoodleNoo said...

That all looks (and sounds) so good!

I'm ploughing through with blanket making (determined to use what yarn I already have in the house) and curled up with that and a mug of chocolate keeps me reasonably happy (I've not got the grey blahs, rather the pregnancy blahs of aching and yucky-feeling-ness).

Sally said...

When I was younger (and especially when my kids were little and required help with bundling up)I really hated winter, always had the blues about this time of year. After Knitting became my way of coping, to the point of "oh, let winter last long enough for me to wear this sweater a few times." Honestly, here in St. Louis, we've not had much winter to speak of this year. So I'm actually dragging my feet a bit, hoping for at least one big beautiful snow before Spring settles in.
Your fest looks wonderful! Your breads are works of art.

Margie Oomen said...

lili is really making the end of winter a real joy for us here:)

Rita said...

Mmmmm, that DOES look good! I beat the winter blahs by planning an early spring vacation. Or if you will, a post-cabin fever vacation.

CatherineinFrance said...

here in the Pyrenees we enjoy a lot of sun in winter (and a lot of sparkling snow this February)although days seem very short in December. I like to go bathing in one of the numerous spas around here, it is a warm and invigorating contrast to a bleak day.
Homemade beer ! what a treat ! and your loaves just look like felted stones.

Tumus said...

I miss beer, have another pint for me! Still have a long while before I can have some again. Since winter has been so mild I've actually been out in the yard on and off doing early clean ups of fallen limbs, assessing the trees for wind damage and general cleaning up the flower beds and trapping chipmunks for relocation.

Sunlight does wonders when you can get it.

Heather M. said...

I don`t mean to be bragging, but we are in spring here already. Have been for a couple of weeks at least. There are buds on the trees and the birds are busy touring the local realestate. Those with sun on the snow won't envy the rain and overcast skies that make it so dim inside.

The spring feeling has me starting to stitch bridal things instead of wintery things.

painted fish studio said...

i'm an hour and a half south of you, and thought i'd make it through the winter this year! but the blahs hit last week. and i've tried so many things to beat the blahs that all i can do now is get through each day and hope for an early spring. today's sun is already helping!

Colleen said...

It gets very blah-like here in the pacific northwest over winter, but we were lucky to have about a week of sunny days last month. It really helped to be able to walk the trails in some much needed sun. Having a new baby also helps... :) He brings so much joy, it's hard to feel blah.

Cathy said...

wow! what a delicious, fun way to spend a winter's evening! i do love a good reuben sandwich...now i am hungry for one : )

Sorana said...

These all look so delicious! My way of getting through the winter blahs is with hearty soups, pies and home-blended tchai-lattes. Oh, and a lot of knitting or crochet :) Generations of knitters, spinners and weavers genes are kicking in at winter.

MamaAngel said...

Oh my gosh, no way! That looks incredibly delicious. We haven't had much of a winter in the Southeast, and have already entered tornado season!

Laura said...

Yes, I am definitely counting down the days till spring! I've kept up running (outside) during the winter and also dove into domestic pursuits like knitting my first sweater & baking up a storm! Those homemade reubens look amazing!

leFiligree said...

i totally get cabin fever around now, because we have 2 more months of winter while other people seem to be having spring.

have you ever done "winter sowing"? you basically make little greenhouses out of plastic produce clamshells (like from costco), sow your cold tolerant seeds, set them out in the snow and things will start sprouting earlier than you'd think.

sewing spring dresses is always good for me around this time, too.

Scrapiana said...

I have a big old light therapy lamp! It helps. Happy to report that spring is almost here in Southern England, thank goodness. In fact, I had my first spring walk in the sunshine Saturday, admiring the buds and unfurling tender leaves. It was like a resurrection.

lynn bowes said...

Wait . . . what? The first time you've ever had a Reuben sandwich?

Chiska said...

That looks so yummy! Our winters are long too and this year in January we went north (?!) and spent a couple nights in a hotel mostly playing in the pool. It was a bit of an extravagence, but was an incredible lift to the heaviness of winter. I plant wheat about now too. Just because it grows fast, the kids get a kick out of it and it's GREEN! One year we used old socks and buttons with pins to make chia-pet like critters.

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