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They say it is time to ‘hunker down,” it’s going to get windy.
To look at the weather today you wouldn’t know the concern I have for the next days. Today the sun is shining and the wind is light. It may be below freezing out, we may have several inches of fresh snow on the ground, but it is not that bad being outside. Folks out here on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota and points north and west understand, this is not bad weather. Ah, but throw in some wind and things change. Tomorrow the wind is predicted to start up and then we will be challenged.
A commentator on the radio at noon reminded me of a three day blow from my childhood. I think back to that old house I lived in then with the inadequate insulation in the walls and wonder how we survived it all. I remember warming my body by the oil stove before bed to have a head start on the cold. It was not unusual to have frost on the inside of windows every day back then.
To keep warm doing chores then needed fuel! Salads need not apply, we had meat, bread and potatoes, and if we were lucky, some kind of canned or dried fruit with lots of sugar on it. It takes energy to stay warm for hours working or playing on the farm when the temperatures are low and the wind blows. That was real hunker down fuel. Starches and fats kept the body fueled, and hard work kept us lean.
So today, as I think back on those days of cold, I remember with fondness the high in fat, sugar and starch meals of yesteryear. They kept us fueled for labor. Today we sit in warm houses and cars and we can afford to eat salad. Go outside and you will freeze in an instant because the wind drives away all of your warm. Give me a hearty old fashioned meal any day before I head outside. I know the wind will not blow me away.
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