How to Combat Cabin Fever with Carrots and tell Climate Change from Weather

Aka “How to Write a Blog Post Title that You Can’t Say 10 Times Fast”.

Am I ever lonely for some real homegrown produce… the glossy-photo winter catalogs just aren’t helping!

Photo Caption: Eggplants and tomatoes and figs, oh my! I grew the tasty food in this photo about 5 years ago but I'm thankful I can look at the harvest photos in the winter.

Veggies aren’t all that relevant to the rest of this post. However, garden photos help me avert a rampant snow-induced garden fever with symptoms like an emptied bank account and dozens of seed-stuffed packages arriving in the mail. You know what I’m talking about!

Which brings me to the weather… (don’t worry, it’s a comedy skit):

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Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto… nah. Global climate change and the weather really are different.

Someone pass me a shovel!

Eliza Lord

I'm a Greenville, SC native (the Appalachian foothills) who wears the hats of Greenville Master Gardener & Upstate Master Naturalist. I love to write about food and sustainability.

30 thoughts on “How to Combat Cabin Fever with Carrots and tell Climate Change from Weather”

  1. Sustainahillbilly
    Twitter: appalachianfeet
    - January 14, 2011 12:02 pm

    ALSO if anyone knows how to override WordPress’s insistence on centering Youtube videos, let me know. (I want it to align left but it is ignoring the HTML).

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  2. Esther Montgomery - January 14, 2011 1:29 pm

    The point of this little video is SO important. I wish one could edit out the loud laughter, though.

    Lucy
    .-= Esther Montgomery´s last blog ..PROTECTING PLANTS AND EXPERIMENTS IN NEGLECT =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 14, 2011 6:12 pm

      Yeah, I thought the laugh track on that thing was a little over-enthusiastic. I think comedy with a message tends to be very funny, though!

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  3. ali - January 14, 2011 4:24 pm

    Is that something they are sending around in the UK? The leaflet I mean. My computer is old and slow and the video didn’t play smoothly, I think I may have missed something!
    .-= ali´s last blog ..26 Days of Planting- M is for Mulberry =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 14, 2011 6:14 pm

      Oh no, it’s a fake leaflet. It’s a comedy skit and the premise of the joke is that people who say global climate change isn’t real because it is snowing/raining/cold that day will get arrested.

      Mainly, it gave me the giggles and I’ve been indoors too much lately. :)
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Combat Cabin Fever with Carrots and tell Climate Change from Weather =-.

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  4. Curbstone Valley Farm - January 14, 2011 6:12 pm

    They are different, although technically, global climate has always been, and always will change…us humans just don’t need to hurry things along. As for WordPress, it’s clunky, but you could probably force a left alignment by placing the video in a table:

    [youtube=(enter video URL)]

    .-= Curbstone Valley Farm´s last blog ..Seeds 2011 =-.

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  5. Curbstone Valley Farm - January 14, 2011 6:13 pm

    Oops…it listened to my html code literally, ignore that last line! I’ll send something via Blotanical LOL.
    .-= Curbstone Valley Farm´s last blog ..Seeds 2011 =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 14, 2011 6:15 pm

      Haha, okay — thanks for trying!

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  6. Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens - January 14, 2011 6:49 pm

    That video is absolutely hysterical—I love British humor, it must be in my genes.
    .-= Carolyn @ Carolyn’s Shade Gardens´s last blog ..New Shade Perennials for 2011 =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 15, 2011 10:54 am

      Haha, I can just see one of those expensive home DNA tests coming back with “tendency towards British humor.”

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  7. Donna Earnhardt
    Twitter: Donna_Earnhardt
    - January 14, 2011 7:57 pm

    That video tickled my funny bone! (not to be confused with my actual elbow.) :) :)

    I’ll show it to my hubster later. He loves british humor, too.
    .-= Donna Earnhardt´s last blog ..Favorite quotes Friday =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 15, 2011 10:55 am

      Awesome!

      And I never have understood how the funny bone got named since whacking it is anything but.

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  8. Greenearth
    Twitter: anewgreenearth
    - January 14, 2011 9:16 pm

    Loved the video. Hang in there, spring is a new world.
    .-= Greenearth´s last blog ..Community Garden In Wet =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 15, 2011 10:56 am

      Thank goodness! :) (Do you think if I burst into song Disney-style the birds will look at me like an usurper?)
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Combat Cabin Fever with Carrots and tell Climate Change from Weather =-.

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  9. Diana - January 15, 2011 1:35 am

    LOL. The seed catalog always give so much temptation. Here I am in summer but I am already fretting to make time to browse the seed catalog for autumn planting when they are so much to do outside.
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..‘Mammoth’ Sunflower マンモスのひまわり =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 15, 2011 10:57 am

      Yeah, I start doing that when the season is waning, too. I think it is worse when I have nothing in the ground — next year I’ve got to have some winter polytunnels again.

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  10. Janet - January 15, 2011 8:06 am

    What a riot! Loved the clip. I may snag it for FB.
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..Iced Tea Anyone =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 15, 2011 10:58 am

      Glad you liked it! (FB is where I got it).
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Combat Cabin Fever with Carrots and tell Climate Change from Weather =-.

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  11. dona
    Twitter: donaLaTerrazza
    - January 15, 2011 11:45 am

    Today it was warm and sunny and I felt impatient: I had to go do something! I was happy just to sow a bit of Nepeta for my cat.
    .-= dona´s last blog ..Citrus australasica Finger Lime =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 16, 2011 4:40 pm

      We should do that for our kitties, too — I have to put an up-ended metal crate over catnip plants or all the neighborhood cats roll & nibble them into oblivion.
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Set Garden Goals &amp Go to the Organic Growers School =-.

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  12. Mark Willis
    Twitter: marksvegplot
    - January 15, 2011 1:08 pm

    Being a Brit myself, I don’t find the video clip as funny as perhaps I ought to! It’s almost plausible that our government WOULD send round such a leaflet. And besides, talking about the weather is one of our national pastimes (second only to “forming queues”) and we’ve never considered that accuracy in such conversations is all that necessary, just as long as you talk about the subject frequently enough. :)
    .-= Mark Willis´s last blog ..Brassicas in close-up =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 16, 2011 4:41 pm

      Haha! You should write a post on “things you can form queues for.” I thought the leaflet seemed plausible for the US, too (perhaps not being arrested for violating it, though).

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  13. Liza - January 15, 2011 1:55 pm

    Haha, you crack me up, Eliza!
    .-= Liza´s last blog ..Saturday – Pretty Picture =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 16, 2011 4:42 pm

      Good! :)

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  14. Elephant's Eye - January 15, 2011 2:07 pm

    Funny bone is funny/peculiar not funny/haha. Tried searching for Grand Canyon and lawn, but you didn’t post about it?
    .-= Elephant’s Eye´s last blog ..Water- drought in Beaufort West- and floods =-.

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 16, 2011 4:42 pm

      No, I didn’t write a post on it. I considered it even though the Grand Canyon doesn’t really fit into an Appalachian-centered blog, but I think I got distracted.
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Set Garden Goals &amp Go to the Organic Growers School =-.

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  15. PlantPostings
    Twitter: plantpostings
    - January 15, 2011 4:38 pm

    LOL. That helped with the cabin fever a bit. Thanks!

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 16, 2011 4:43 pm

      Great! It helped me to write it.

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  16. Alistair - January 16, 2011 1:25 pm

    It was always global warming they were going on about. Here in Scotland where in the last few years there has been the lowest winter temperatures ever recorded, its now referred to as climate change. Walk past anyone in Aberdeen they don’t say hello or good morning its, (aye its a nasty day) or simply (freezing) or in an unusual warm humid day it would be (awfa close today isn’t it) Haven’t listened in to your video yet, wife wont let me she is watching an extended edition of the BBC weather.
    .-= Alistair´s last blog ..In Pursuit of Perfection =-.

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  17. Sustainahillbilly
    Twitter: appalachianfeet
    - January 16, 2011 4:44 pm

    I love calling a humid day “close.” I think we have mostly close days in the American south, so I’ll be stealing that one!
    .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Set Garden Goals &amp Go to the Organic Growers School =-.

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