Not that one has anything to do with the other....I am sitting at my computer, listening to the sleet hit the window. We got about three inches of snow and now it's a sleety/freezing rain/snow mix. The Alert Call from the office came in at a decent hour (around 8am ish) and the office is closed due to the weather. This is both cause for joy and stress. Joy - I don't relish going over the mountain in this weather; Stress - I have some unfiled lobbying reports and the deadline is today. The good news is that they can be filed electronically, so all is not lost.
Now, let's get to the issue of squash storage. I have very limited storage options. I have no garage, no attic, no basement. I have a laundry room that serves as feed storage, tool storage, electronics storage, freezer space, canning storage, and laundry room. It is so bad that I wouldn't let a relative see it. It is on my list to sort out. So, what to do with all of the winter squash, potatoes and garlic? I use my guest room closet as my root cellar. I don't often have overnight guests, so I keep the heat turned off in the room. The closet is dark, cool and dry, and it seems to work wonderfully for all of the above. Yet, when I went to fetch a triamble squash (seeds thanks to Novella at Ghost Town Farm), of the four I managed to raise, three were perfect and one was, well, let's be kind and say "not perfect". It was ROTTEN. Nothing else surrounding it had been tainted. Just this one squash. And it was rotten through - kaput. I am really a novice at this - anyone have an idea/opinion as to what happened?