Big Freeze 2011

Since Monday night, we have been hunkered down as Oklahoma City goes through a Big Freeze.  Sure, if you live in Russia or Canada or Alaska, our 12 inches of snow and near zero temperatures (highs all the way up to 11 degrees Farenheit RIGHT HERE IN OKIE CITY!), this event would hardly be remarkable. But we are in Oklahoma City, and I remind myself that I moved back here to my home state to escape the freezing cold and snows of Utah’s Wasatch Front.  School has been out all week, the church offices have been closed, so we’ve been home, entertaining ourselves.

I’ve been catching up on blog reading, some fiction, and doing some work for the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, also researching copyrights for the broadcast of the upcoming installation mass for the new Archbishop of Oklahoma City for my church job.

We’re snug as bugs in a rug with our wood stove, extra insulation, insulated window shutters; not much sunshine during the day however.  Also, I have been slow food cooking my way through these snow daze. . . fry bread (3 cups water, 1 tablespoon yeast, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 6-1/2 cups flour, combine well, let sit overnight, fry in 375 degree F oil the next day, serve with gravy or honey).  Myself, with blood sugar issues these days, could only nibble on one without any honey.  But it was good.  For me I invented a low carb substitute for hush puppies, made with flax meal (3/4 cup), 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon each crushed red pepper, garlic salt, onion powder), 2 eggs.  Mix well, form into small balls, deep fry in hot oil about 3 minutes until done.  They are good hot, and they are good cold the next day broken in half with some peanut butter.

Let’s see, there was a slow simmered turkey cream soup made from holiday leftovers frozen for eating later (later arrived!), and a brisket from Geoff Colpitts, sausage from Ressler Farms, bacon from Colpitts, all via the Oklahoma Food Cooperative.  Tomorrow there is ground beef from Semkin Longhorns, grassfed and as tasty as can be, also eggs and bacon for breakfast. So we are not in danger of starvation, and are grateful to God for that, also our warm house.  There are many out there who are homeless and hungry in the midst of all this, and then of course we must think a

bout our farmers and ranchers who must be out and about caring for their flocks and herds even in this weather.

Tomorrow will also probably see a bit of publishing activity here as I have been making notes for blog posts as I have been out and about in cyberspace seeing what folks are talking about.  Also, to prepare for my upcoming hearing regarding my landscape at the code enforcement department I need to read the relevant codes.

One thing cold weather is really good for is finding air leaks. Every year we have to touch up on the caulk and foam, since nothing ever stays where you leave it, and that’s true for houses too.  I found a doozy of an air leak by the back door last night, filled it with caulk this afternoon.

So it goes, as we maneuver our way through climate instability and peak oil.

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