Dogs Know, The Rules

January jars the Winter blues but reading and new projects can keep them under wraps.  How fortunate are the lovers of the snow who live for another run down the mountain or the skaters who glide over ice happy to withstand frozen toes and finger tips.  I am inside reading and working on healthy living goals.  January holds little appeal with her arctic temperatures and snow blown days.

DOG SONGS by Mary Oliver has me in its spell:

” A dog can never tell you what she knows from the

smells of the world, but you know, watching her,

that you know

almost nothing.”


Winter often brings out the “baker” in me, but I am restrained this year, and my nose is in Michael Pollan’s FOOD RULES rather than THE MAGNOLIA BAKERY COOK BOOK.

Rule #19 – “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” Thank you Mr. Pollan, for giving us rules to live by, with a healthy dose of humor and a full serving of good sense.

As red meat disappeared from our table, and we try to eat nothing that stands on four legs, I find that the once appreciated pot of beef stew is replaced with something like savory red lentil, quinoa, and vegetable stew. DSC_3011 Ellie Krieger’s new cook book, WEEKNIGHT WONDERS rules…and doesn’t break THE RULES.  DSC_3010

What are you doing to “weather” the cold until we can get back out in the garden?  Unlike the geese, DSC_2820I am not content to put life on ice until the ground thaws.  I am learning THE RULES while trying to practice them in the kitchen.  Poetry is nice too, and what about all the seed and garden catalogs!  How many are in your pile?


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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7 Responses to Dogs Know, The Rules

  1. Pauline says:

    We don’t really stop gardening over here in the south of the UK. All our snowdrops, winter aconites and iris reticulata are flowering away, with more flowers opening each day. When it gets too cold though, I curl up with a good gardening book or seed catalogue or two!


  2. Anita Rivera says:

    Dearest Jayne! I LOVE MARY OLIVER, and I must get her newest collection, for I have devoured her other works to a pulp! I agree with you that this artic blast we have had has drained even me of my senses! I love the winter, but when your skin and hair dries out and all you want to do is sleep, we just want spring!

    I think your idea to reevaluate habits is a good thing to do now. We sit and read, and that is my favorite activity to do when we are unable to go outside! And to read poetry and things that are nourishing to the soul AND the body? Even better.

    Thank you for coming to visit! May you build your paradise day by day. Anita


  3. Thank goodness for seed catalogs when it’s so cold out side!


  4. elaine says:

    We haven’t had a winter to speak of this year but it is wet and miserable – books have been my saviour. The seed catalogues haven’t started arriving yet but when they do I will try to be strong and not order too many – fat chance!


  5. Cro Magnon says:

    Having been a veggie for several years, I now find that a good Lamb or Beef stew ‘rules my heart’.


  6. Les says:

    I went vegan last summer and in telling a friend about it I said I no longer eat anything that once had a face, to which my wife reminded me that oysters have no face.


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