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Friday, July 10, 2009

Time to think about winter!

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Aesop.
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?" "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same." "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; "We have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger - while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for days of need.
I know that this time of year nobody wants to think about winter coming but now is the time to be preparing for it. There are good sales of warm winter clothes left over from last season at deep discounts. The gardens and farmers markets have plenty of food to can, dry and freeze for use this winter. Aesop was a very wise writer and it will pay to heed the advice he gave.

1 comment:

Deborah Yost said...

A local grocery store had a sale on turkeys, and since it's summer in Nebraska, they sold poorly. As they got near their sell-by date, the butcher marked them way down to $5-6 apiece. Soooo, I picked up three, and only wish I had more space in my freezer. What a stock-up bargain! Also am saving for a good dehydrator, I want to make jerky and blueberry "raisins".