We sure enjoyed out journey through "The Long Winter". When I was a kid, I would often skip this book as I worked my way through the series over and over, thinking it was boring. Now, I find it to be one of my favorite books in the series! The resilience of these pioneers is remarkable as they worked with what they had to keep them warm and fed throughout that horrible winter. We used our coffee-grinder to make flour from wheat berries. It took a long time. I can't imagine grinding enough flour this way to make a loaf of bread. Twice a day they did this.
We toasted whole wheat bread over the open fire just as they did.
Josiah did a presentation on emergency preparedness. He put a great kit together.
Hailey taught us about the water cycle.
To experience just a taste of what it it would have been like, living in that time period, one evening we did everything by lamplight. We ate and cleaned up all without electricity.
The next week, the kids and I made a cake all from things we had on hand to help celebrate Gracia's "Gotcha Day". She was surprised and loved the cake we made her!
Hailey taught us how and why snow drifts.
Alli taught us about a chicken's digestive system.
The girls continued working on their sunbonnets and they are all getting very close to getting done.
Keep going, Hailey, you can do it! Almost there!
They are getting closer!
The next week, Hailey did her presentation on the differences between wheat flours.
Alli taught us about antelope.
He had better luck with his magnesium bar.
And of course, a slice of whole wheat bread! We rejoiced with the Ingalls when we read that their Christmas turkey finally came in on the train in May and it was still frozen solid! What a feast they had after a winter of deprivations.
This book is a great reminder of how when we put our minds to it, we can be resourceful when we need to be. We can do without in hopes that better times are coming. It always amazes me that they never did have to kill their cow although it must have been very tempting. That would have been a huge loss for the family. They made it work, just barely, so that they didn't have to kill Ellen or even her calf.
We can all learn from these books. There is something in everyone of them that speaks to me just where I'm at in life while I'm reading it. These books really are timeless!