Very Messy Nothing Day Preparations
We celebrate Nothing Day. This isn’t like the Fourth of July or Christmas – they have fixed days of the year. It’s not even like Easter, Boxing Day or the Solstices which also have no set date but wander on the calendar. Instead, Nothing day can happen more than once in a year, provided that the Moon, the Sun and our inclinations are all in proper phase. It needs a sponsor, an organizer, someone who makes it be. It is, of course, a celebration of Nothing. Not the Great Nothing of Zen or Nietzsche. Nothing Day even has an official web site although, of course, you’ll find nothing there.
After doing nothing special all day other than farming chores, constructing farrowing space, homeschooling and continuing to work on finishing our cottage we sat down to a dinner of nothing more than our own Kielbasa, peas, corn and winter salad. Then it was time for cake – Finally, nothing special!
Nothing Day German Chocolate Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting
For Nothing Day I made a German Chocolate cake from the Joy of Cooking with Ben and Hope. The frosting was chocolate chip cookie dough, made by Ben, sans egg but with chips. Nothing but the best. There are, of course, no candles on a Nothing Day cake. Hop on over to Ben’s blog where he is going to post the recipes.
Ben got a new watch, something he desperately needed as his old one had ticked its final tock. This watch like his last one has many alarms, handy on a farm where chores are spread out over the course of the day for reminders like the 2:30 pm whey feeding. The rest of us got nothing but the satisfaction that he had a new watch and would feed whey on his turn. They pigs like that too. Or I guess you could say the rest of us got something for Nothing (Day)…
Origins of Nothing Day: It is rumored that long ago, in the past century, a father brought home a book as a special gift for a young boy. With that he also brought out a cake. When asked what the occasion was he replied, “Why, it’s Nothing Day, of course!” Since then families all over Sugar Mountain, and possibly elsewhere in the Galaxy, have celebrated Nothing Day for no reason at all.
–Intergalactic Guide to Hitchhiking
Funny thing happened on the way to my e-mail box… and my postal box. I have recently gotten a whole lot of scans and copies of an article from a magazine. Since I don’t subscribe to the magazine in question I hadn’t seen the article. Apparently I was named as one of the “Ten Real Inspirations” by Backwoods Home Magazine in their March/April 2009 issue for my work against NAIS to protect our rights to farm. And here I thought I was tilting at windmills. Thank you to everyone who sent me copies because otherwise I never would have know!
PS. That is Hope wearing the pink dress in the photo above which was taken this afternoon. She is hale and healthy, not at all flattened.
Outdoors: 41°F/21°F Partially Sunny
Farm House: 32°F/31°F
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/58°F no fire