Winter storm warnings are today's top news. Anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of that flaky white stuff is predicted to blanket the Chicago area starting tonight. Since we're north of the city--I'm guessing we're in for at least a foot. By tomorrow I may not even be able to see my garden. Therefore, I raided my organic garden for what could be the final time for 2006. The wind chill was 11 degrees as I harvested leeks, carrots, broccoli, Swiss chard, chives, mint and oregano--still marveling at another day away from the grocery store. Tonight I'll be making chicken and dumplings using the carrots, leeks, chives, mint and oregano. Although I am less then 10-minutes from Whole Foods, Dominick's, Sunset, Trader Joe's, Dons and Jewel grocery stores I do feel my garden has given me a new insight into how our forefathers lived or didn't live--depending on the fickleness of M. Nature.