Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Storm, hair washing and tortillas

Ah... Winter Solstice. From here on out we start getting more light every day. Which is nice. Even in an area where there is over 225 days of sunshine. LONGER days of sunshine is even better.

Yesterday we turned on the ol' turkey fryer and boiled up a pot of water and washed my hair! It was marvelous! My hair is now clean enough to go out in public. Lol. I left it unbraided after washing it while it dried, and I have to tell you, after so long of it being in braids, all that hair left wild and free got into everything. Mostly it got in my way. :D But it's ok, I don't know if I could stand myself if I cut it. While it would be easier to take care of it would also be short and I wouldn't be able to do much with it for at least a year as it grew back out. At least with it long I am able to braid it and toss it over a shoulder. If I wanted to take the time I could put it into a bun or something too. If it were short I wouldn't have any of these options. It would be just a headcovering option for me, and that is kind of boring.

We are under a winter storm advisory right now for our area, downgraded from a winter storm watch. And we are supposed to get between 4 to 8 inches of snow over the next 36 hours, and winds up to 20 mph (gusts) and our high in the next 36 hours will be around 28 degrees F. Nice. Considering this is the first day of winter, I'm not surprised. People have told us that January and February are usually the worst weather around here.

Don't know what today's plans are, I was up 1/2 the night last night with insomnia. Thankfully it doesn't happen too often, but when it does it makes me pretty miserable. I didn't get any sleep until after 2am. Tossing and turning I finally sat up, put on the headlamp, and read around 1am. About 2am, I was able to drift back off and slept like the dead until 6:30 or so this morning when the generator ran out of fuel. Thankfully the furkids all seem to be pretty sedate this morning and content to cuddle with me as I sit in bed. I don't know how I would handle it if they were all bouncy and wanting to wrestle like they usually want to do first thing in the morning.

I am thinking I may drag out a cookbook today and see about tortillas. It's a bread that doesn't need to be baked. And I love tortillas! They are so versatile and you can put anything in them at all. From spam, to ground beef, to fish, or chicken.. Or just veggies. I have seen meals where you tear the tortilla up into chunks then slather it with sauces. Gravies or alfredos over the top, splashes of yogurt or sour cream....

Tonight I think I am going to sit down and write some letters and some cards to people. Christmas is just a short 4 days away and I still have to send out Christmas cards. :) Although, I think when people read the blog they will forgive me for this indiscretion this year. There are some I am going to send out though, that way I can let a few people know that our address has changed. It'll still surprise some I am sure, while still others it will be old news for.

Tomorrow we'll make the weekly pilgramidge into the big city and do the refill thing for gas and propane. I am hoping to be able to update the blog as well, but I can't make promises on that. I already have 5 blogs written that need to be uploaded, and hubby has 2 or 3 also, so it'll be a big update. I have new pics to upload for everyone too.

Anyway, that's what my brain fuddled mind has for you this morning. (by the way, breakfast yesterday was fried egg sandwhiches using the last of the bread and eggs until I can get to town, dinner was canned chicken soup, with 2 big dollops of butter added. It has come to my attention, mostly through the husband's craving for butter that I must not be adding enough FAT to our diets. So for a bit I'll be adding butter, lard, shortening and the like to all our foods.)

Groggy Mom of Treehaven


lindy said...

hello! I'm lindy and I found your link at the always ready group. :) here is my blog:
I live off-grid too... starting out on a piece of raw land here at my family's farm in Oregon.

Acorn Seasons said...

hi Lindy! I have seen you post once or twice on always_ready. :) I don't get to post as often as I like, but I do lookie there as often as I can... After all, it's my list! lol. Thankfully I was able to enlist some wonderful moderators over there who I trust soooo much. I love your bus! We have a 10 x 20 cabin and we had looked at a bus before that, but decided against it (the cabin we are on rent to own with at $150.00 a month and the bus was $6000.00 outlay upfront). Keep up the good work, and maybe you can come and visit us some time! We're in Oregon too!