Drape a lightweight woolen scarf or piece of fabric (approx. 1 ft x 4 ft) over top of head with one end hanging below the shoulder: the other end will fall below the waist.Put on a hat; tam or cloche or pillbox or boater.
Bring short end across face (for helmet protection) or under chin;bring long end across face or under chin, wind around neck, bring to front and tuck under first wrap. Alternatively: let ends hang loose and/or knot ends lightly for a variation on style and weather adaptation.
(home-schooled: learning by curious observation: watching/listening/reading;playful experimentation)
Clothing nature, human and otherwise: garments for the body and for habitats.
The practice of tenting: clothing and accessories that allow the body to move within them;that utilize our natural heating and cooling systems;that adapt to and flatter varying body shapes; that simplify a wardrobe.
The snow arrives on Friday, December 16, 2005 at three in the afternoon.Arrives on the lawn in front of the municipal building in Oak Bay Village on the Avenue.Delivered by huge trucks.Six loads.Carried down from Mt. Washington, up Island.
A backhoe scoops the snow from the piles the dump trucks dump, redistributes it, makes room for the next load.At one point the bucket extends, lowers, delicately - despite the bulk - dislodges snow stuck in the bed of the truck. An unusual ballet.
Kids of all ages are on the sidelines waiting for the chance to play.
The final load is dumped, the final scoop is scooped; the backhoe operator turns his seat around and, now a plow, drives away.
Immediately kids ant the hills of snow.Immediately snowballs are in flight.Youngsters begin their own redistribution.
It is six degrees Celsius.Daffodils and tulips from just up the peninsula are for sale in the stores next to the pile of snow.The grass on which the snow is piled is its brilliant winter green.Some bulbs have put up an inch or so of shoots in a nearby garden.The sun is warm.The air is cool.
A plastic sled appears.Then cardboard from boxes gotten next door at the grocery store.There is much hooting and hollering.
Some passing motorists catch a glimpse of the frolicking as they drive by and do a surprised double-take.
The snow pile is in the shadow of the municipal building and two days later, on a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon, there is still a lot of snow, still a bunch of kids.
The Christmas season with all its sweet goodies seems to benefit from something salty and this provides just that.
6 cups Shreddies
8 cups Cheerios
8 oz pretzels (sticks)
16 oz peanuts (redskin or blanched or a mixture)
Melt 1/2 lb margarine. Add 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Stir in 4 tbsp worchestershire sauce, 2 tsp garlic salt or powder, 2 tsp paprika, 2 tsp onion salt. Put dry ingredients in a baking pan (a turkey roaster works well), pour oil mixture over top, mix well. Bake uncovered in 350 * oven for 30 minutes, stirring often. Cool before packaging.
The smell is so delicious you won't be able to resist tasting before it cools, but be careful - those peanuts are hot! A family tradition for more than forty years. Thank you Catherine!
One antidote to dry air, whether it's seasonal like winter indoors or circumstantial like plane travel, is available with every cup of tea or coffee. Simply breathe into the cup through nose or mouth which raises the steam and then breathe in the steam. It's the same idea as towel-over-head-over-basin-of-hot-water, but more convenient. And you get to drink the steam maker.