SIMPLE DAYS

Home Hair Cuts Save Money & Energy!

This week was hair cutting week here on the urban homestead. For nearly 30 years now we’ve done hair cuts ourselves, saving money and gaining a necessary back to basic skill.   Of course, we like to keep things simple, so you wouldn’t find any fancy smancy style cuts – just basic, simple trims.  

This time around, Jordanne whacked (well, actually, nicely trimmed) off a decent amount off my locks.   It was just getting too long and, in winter with the colder weather, it’s much easier to wash shorter hair. Better yet, it saves energy as it takes a shorter amount to dry too– especially since we, urban homestead gals, don’t use blow dryers. Instead, we opt to dry the old fashioned way(s: either towel dry or sit in front of wood stove in the “hair drying position.” I would describe that as a simple yoga position – sitting on the floor, legs crossed with head bowed.   If this scene was seen by outsiders, I would believe they would think we were in some sort of communion with the wood stove — and we are!   In a way, we are thanking the stove for drying our hair, especially on these cold winter days.

Swapsies

This week, hooked up with another urban pioneer girl and made a few swapsies this week. She had some homemade apple cider and “orange goo” (aka persimmon pulp) which we swapped a few homegrown items here from the urban homestead.

We were also given some excess greens from a local community garden to feed our feather friends this winter, Such a welcomed gift, especially when greens are scarce here on the urban homestead and have to be rationed among us, our clients and our green addicted animals. For his welcomed contribution we swapped some banty “golden” eggs. 

Filming Resumes

There’s a possibility that some folks will once again visit the urban homestead in mid January for some filming hours.   So before the disruptions we are working at getting the garden and other projects moving right along so we’ll have a jump start on Spring.

Socializing

Tis the season… for socializing. Spent Thursday evening with our knitting mentor who’s in her 80’s. Jordanne is showing her how to run her new DVD player so she can watch movies.   Our family will be entertaining some folks on Friday (tonight) and on New Year’s Eve we gals ring up a few of our gal friends for a “Movie & Munchies” Night.   This year’s movie is the classic Dickens’s comedy drama: The Life & Adventure of Nicholas Nickleby

The eating scene with the Squeers family is truly a classic with capital “C” Believe me. If you decide to watch it, I can guarantee you’ll have to rewind, rewind and rewind again just to watch this family eat. Your mouth will drop open inamazement and you’ll possibly utter out loud something like”oh my word!”

Winter vegetables

We are slowly eating our way through our stockpile of tromboncino squash.   So far no one’s tiring of it yet, which is a good sign!

Saturday

B – homemade waffles (made with homeraised eggs) with homemade, homegrown pomegranate syrup

D – winter social gathering potluck

Sunday

B – homemade granola

L – leftovers from potluck

D – pizza with homegrown tomatoes and cheese with homegrown salad

Monday

B – homemade bread pudding leftovers ( made with salvaged second hand bread from tea shop and homeraised eggs)

L – baked homegrown trombocino squash with homegrown salad with homegrown assorted greens, hg broccoli, hg snow peas and hg tomatoes

D – same as lunch

Tuesday

B – homemade bread pudding leftovers ( made with salvaged second hand bread from tea shop and homeraised eggs)

L – homemade cream green soup with homegrown kale, collards, broccoli and chard

D – same as lunch

Wednesday

B – homemade bread pudding leftovers ( made with salvaged second hand bread from tea shop and homeraised eggs)

L – homemade cream green soup leftovers

D – homemade tromboncino casserole made with homegrown trombocino with homegrown salad

Thursday

B – homemade bread pudding leftovers ( made with salvaged second hand bread from tea shop and homeraised eggs)

L – leftover trombocino casserole

D – pizza topped with homegrown tomatoes, hg pea tendrils and hg broccoli with mozerella cheese

Friday

B – homemade granola

L – baked homegrown tromboncino squash with homegrown salad

D – homemade eldberry wine, with homegrown salad and w.w. organic pasta topped with homemade tomato sauce (homegrown tomatoes, hg peppers, hg green onions, hg herbs)

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  1. robert says:

    If you like that version of Nicholas Nickleby, you should check out the 2002 version directed by Douglas McGrath. It is one of my (and my wife’s) favorite movies. It also helps that the acting is top notch and the story is classic!

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