The “S” Word

Crocus 2You never say the “S” word because it will surely jinx you and make a liar out of you.  But starting in the second week of March we have had crazy crocus coming up and daffodils beginning to sprout.  And even on their short little daffodil greens coming out of the ground, we are seeing buds.  Surely this bumblebee I caught on camera yesterday knows what he is doing?  All week long we have been having snow flurries that hit the ground, stay a bit, and dissipate within the hour.  This is what we call “the snow that melts the snow”.  Seeing how we have not had any snow this winter, it is sadly funny.  I’m still waiting for a good 6-10 inches.  I think I may be out of luck.

When will the end be in sight?

groceriesOver the past year, our prices have doubled.  This represents a week’s worth of groceries for two.  I used to spend a little over $100 each week.  There is an extravagance of $28.19 for 2 rib eye steaks which will be used for two meals.  The bill was a tiny bit higher than usual due to the fact that I needed laundry soap, shampoo, and the makings for Easter bread; and I do have to try to feed myself organic when I can.  This was two good sized bags and two medium bags (not plastic, of course).  Four bags!  Thank god fishing season is only three months away.  The freezer is getting bare.

 

Climate Change

Six pictures.  Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands.  Photos taken between March 1 and March 10 for six years, of the same general area.  2013 is how it has always been.  Climate change is not a conversation; it is happening here.

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It changes our subsistence cycles.  The water is becoming warm which impacts our fish species, numbers, and quality.  Our plants, both edible and medicinal, are just as confused as the human beings.  Twenty years, folks.  We have to make a difference.  Go solar.  Go wind power.  Ban plastics.  Farm responsibly.  Save the earth for those generations not yet seen.