Changing Seasons

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At the White Wolf Mine

It’s the first fire in the fireplace this season. Dark clouds surrounded the place, rain lashed and the temperature dropped.  It’s time to accept that winter is coming, to have a bowl of homemade (keto-friendly) soup for supper, and to read until I get sleepy.  The seasons can forecast our brief journey on the third rock and can be warm and comforting because we are a very small part of something much larger.


From the Front

I have heard from sources close to the matter that the Russian government is selling winter uniforms to conscripts. The other option is to serve with summer kit through the brutal winter. What these young recruits may not know is that the uniforms that they bought will be stolen by Russian troops in the field to supply themselves. That’s how it works in the Russian Army and has since the Great Patriotic War (WW2) at least. The conscripts are expendable.

Putin has been convincing the world and his own citizens for decades that Russia has the 2nd most powerful army in the world. At some point, he himself betrayed his own lies and decided to attack Ukraine in order to capture it in a few days (video – revelations of a Russian soldier about the first days of Putin’s invasion) (video – Mobilization in Russia is a shame and madness)


Bullet Points:

* Continued slow growth is forecast. FJB

* (Bloomberg) — US coal prices surged past $200 for the first time as a global energy crunch drives up demand for the dirtiest fossil fuel. Coal remains a leading fuel in US power plants, and the soaring prices will ratchet up pressure on US homes already struggling with record-high electricity bills. About 20 million households across the country — or about one in six — have fallen behind on their utility bills, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association. George Soros invested heavily in coal while promoting the Green New Deal through his acolytes and catamites.

* Retired General and former Director of the CIA David Petraeus (betrayus) says it’s his belief that if Russian President Vladimir Putin used nuclear weapons against Ukraine, the United States would quickly intervene to “take out” Russian forces. He emphasized too that Washington would lead the way in a collective NATO response.


How do you feel about meatloaf for dinner?


29 thoughts on “Changing Seasons

  1. I love a good looking hearth and firebox. I spent as many hours as I had available sucking as much heat out of my dads as he would allow me too. I have the warm morning pot belly coal stove that got my mothers family through the depression in my garage. A good hot fire can make it glow!

    1. The other kind I relate to as “savory fruit cake” – that could be exchanged within families for decades without consuming it.

      1. It can also be used to bean an intruder, knock them out cold.

        Yet…I happen to like “good” fruitcake for dessert after “good” meatloaf.

  2. The meat loaf and mashed potatoes look delicious.

    Fall is my favorite season of the year. I had my first fire of the season back in September. Have also had my first frost already which is much earlier than I can remember it happening. I blame global warming. Of course I blame everything on global warming. Since global warming will also be at fault for the coming ice age I better buy some lump coal for the woodstove like WSF suggested a few weeks ago before the price goes farther out of sight. He and Banner are of course welcome by the woodstove if they travel north.

  3. We have meatloaf often. I was a bit surprised you said soup and not chili. But soup is good, too.
    You all be safe ad God bless.

  4. Setting aside friends and family that live in the region, as a country might we be better off if Putin hit Washington, D.C. with a nuke?

    1. When is the next conference in Davos? I mean if you are going to do what the West keeps telling us you’ll do why not take out your actual enemies? On that line of thought what does a fuel air bomb look like to a tv audience? If you scatter some radioactive waste around (before or after) can’t you claim it was a tac nuke and get the media to agree and amplify, like they’ve done with every other false flag op to date?

  5. My Mom’s meatloaf was a favorite dish of my childhood, and her version is exceptionally easy to make. Take a chunk of ground beef and shape it into a rugby-style football. Do not add anything; no bread crumbs, no fillers, no binders. Put it in a pressure cooker. Pour about a half cup of water over it. Sprinkle a packet of dry onion soup/onion dip mix over the top. Dash of salt, dash of pepper. Close the pressure cooker and cook on 15-lbs pressure for around a half hour. It is now ready to slice and serve with mashed potatoes, whole kernel corn, and fresh bread. Makes a hell of a meatloaf sandwich on day two.

  6. Nice fireplace! Native stone? Ours is the first one I’ve ever lived with. We get it inspected yearly to be safe. The ash wood from the huge fallen limb we had burns very well, as does the apple limbs the arborist cut while he was thinning out “Crab Apple Orchard” in the back yard. I toss a little apple or maple into it for color and aroma. The grandsons (and Miss Pebbles) are quite content to sit by while I tend it, and watch the snap, crackle and pop of the hardwood lighting off.

    Had ours going last night while The Kids and brood were over for dinner. Does a really good job of knocking the chill out of the first floor rooms.

    Meatloaf for dinner is a wonderful idea, especially this time of year. It’s so versatile! Garlic mashed potatoes and green beans complement it perfectly. Austin’s American Grill here has an excellent Bison meatloaf. The red sauce on the top is more of a BBQ sauce than a plain tomato sauce, and tops it just right.

    1. I don’t know where the stone came from. We had a stone guy come in and set it all the. way across. There are two alcoves. We use one to store ready (not wet) kindling and the other for blankets and quilts. I have more kindling and a cord of ready wood on my covered deck.

      There are many varieties and takes on meatloaf. As EdB pointed out, sometimes it works, and sometimes not. I agree that it makes a great sandwich filler in between a homemade roll the next day.

      1. It is a sweet looking dry stack…a modern classic that makes the room. I’ve always found river rock to look ‘fake’, even if it was real stone.

      2. When I make meatloaf sandwiches the next day’s sandwich is the primary objective, that night’s dinner is bonus!

  7. I had to tell my grandmother that she couldn’t cook her meatloaf (cooked in a loaf pan, and using high-fat chuck) or her fruitcake (which only my stoner brother would eat. You could use them as cannon ammo…)

    My dad’s meatloaf is very dry, in a good way. Made excellent fried meatloaf sandwiches, best with mustard and a slice of lettuce for the crunch.

    Mine is basically Mrs. Andrew’s recipe (my wife’s) and baked in a casserole dish so as to allow the grease and fat to ooze out. And no green peppers, bleh. Does have onions, but they are carmalized before being put into the mixture. Wife likes ketchup on the outside of hers, while I prefer non-ketchup, so usually 2 1lb loaves are made. Still fries up nicely, or cold, for meatloaf sandwiches.

    It got cold and damp before Hurricane Ian so we had cream of tomato soup (canned tomato soup made with milk and not water) and grilled cheese sandwiches. Excellent cold nasty weather fare. Almost cold enough for lasagna.

  8. Let’s see….the USA’s largest aircraft carrier with 9000 souls aboard just left port for the Atlantic. Russian largest nuke sub (Belgorod) just left port and disappeared. Putin moving large amounts of men, vehicles and equipment belonging to the Nuke Service by train towards Ukraine. Throw in Zelenski and the Biden administration saying there’s only one outcome and that’s regime change. The Nord 1&2 pipeline debacle just isolated Germany and empowered Poland. Gee, what could go wrong?

    1. Maybe the U.S. Navy knows where the Belgorod is. I hope they do but just cannot tell the world as it would expose our capabilities. I hope it is being shadowed by an attack sub that can take it out if things get dicey.

  9. I’m echoing other’s comments…Mom’s meatloaf was good (and yes Beans, NO pepers, gag). It was even better the next day in the brown bagged lunch, sliced with ketchup between two piece of Wonder bread. And no one was fat in Junior High.

    Rack on the back porch filled with seasoned wood, fire in the woodstove, a good bowl of soup and grilled cheese (seriously non-Keto)…life is good. Best time of the year for us. Almost ready for the slud & sne (Danish for sleet/slop and regular snow, more fun words). Have not gotten all the exterior log refinishing done because IT’S BEEN of and on CHILLY AND RAINY for three weeks, five days of 90, then boom, Fall drops in like a wet blanket. But hey, the Shop is warm. Sun returned this morning…I’ll be in an old[er] man tired coma in the chair by 7pm.

    1. Benn kinda soggy here, too, Paul. Back yard looks carpet bombed with crab apples, the trees are just starting to turn, and I’m waging Chemical Warfare on the mushrooms that have exploded this year in the sawdust we never cleaned out from having the tree carved. We cleaned it out (finally) this Spring, but Whoo Boy, do we have ‘Shrooms or what!

  10. I love meat loaf now. It is really good with some sauteed onion, garlic and green chilies (ancho or anahiem – not green bell pepper). When I was a kid, for a while in elementary school, I had meatloaf sandwiches with mustard so often that I grew to dislike them and meatloaf in general. As a teenager, I began to appreciate a good meatloaf once again when my mother found a recipe for “Tasty Sauce” (ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, dry mustard, salt and pepper). My wife makes a wonderful meatloaf and I occasionally make one too.

    I just had an inspiration. I wonder what a meatloaf with cracked green peppercorns, reminiscent of German Pfeffer Steak, would be like? That goes on the winter experiment menu.

    As to Winter, here in South Central Texas it is not yet cold enough for an inside fire. Heck, it is still in the mid 80’s during the day. However, it is getting cool earlier in the season than past years, so I think we may have a colder winter just hopefully not the winter storm of ’21.

    I have a few dead or near dead oaks that need to come out; they will provide fire wood for this winter. In addition, we bought an outdoor fire pit that will be nice to sit by with a good libation during cool evenings.

  11. My wife is a great cook and her meatloaf is the best. Yum.

    Here in the DFW area, it has finally cooled down enough for me to work in the garage man cave and load some ammo. Today, some 9mm.

    During my high school years, I lived with my uncle’s family in Tulelake, CA. Sagebrush, juniper, and lava rock country. They built a new house on their ranch then, and my aunt wanted the fireplace built with the native lava rock. I have sorta fond memories of heading out on the ranch with the old 1940’s vintage Dodge flatbed truck, my aunt picking out lava rocks for the stone mason, and my three cousins and I lugging the rocks over to the truck and wrestling them on board. She made sure he had plenty to choose from. The fire place turned out great. Part of the backside formed a corner in my room, which I rather liked.

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