Thank you for your recent comments and emails. Today, I’m answering some of the questions you’ve asked.
“Will you show us your Christmas decorations?” – I haven’t put up a tree in about twenty-five years, but I do add a few special items on my mantle. I’ve never been one to add decorations for the seasons or holidays.
Santa’s Elf was a long-ago gift from a friend. Mr. Mickey had the stockings made for me more than a decade ago. The snowy lighted church ornament was a gift from another friend. The pictures are from previous Santa projects over the years.
“What is your favorite tea?” – I often buy tins of different teas from Fresh Market, but my long time favorite is ‘Paris’ from Harney & Sons.
“Do you cook or bake something special that you are known for?” – Each year, my family and friends look forward to when I bake fruitcakes to share. I freeze a whole one to enjoy later in the year. Fruitcake is one of Mr. Mickey’s favorites also, so he loves it when I surprise him with a slice on a hot summer day.
“How in the world do you cut your own hair without messing it up?” – I worked out an easy formula this year. After significant surges in COVID cases in my area, I stopped going to the hair salon. I drew the diagrams below to show you how I have been cutting my hair lately.
Start with very wet hair. Part the hair across the top of the head from ear to ear and then comb that section forward. Always cut tiny snips of about 1/4 inch to avoid cutting too much at first. Start at or near the tip of your nose. Use your cheekbones and jawline as markers to evenly cut the hair into a slight curve.
For step two, comb all of your hair toward the back and smooth it against your neck. (The hair will stay in place if it is wet, and you use a fine-tooth comb.) Use a handheld mirror and look at the back in a wall-mounted mirror with good lighting. Cut a straight line across the neck a few inches below the jawline keeping in mind that hair shrinks when it dries. Repeat the combing step if the hair moves out of line as you cut it.
Stand in front of a mirrored closet door (or a mirror on a stand) to do this last step. Stand with your back to the mirror and bend from the waist to look into the mirror while hanging upside down. I comb all of my hair down toward the floor and cut straight across using the length from step one as a guide.
“How do you style your hair?” – I use a one-inch round brush and a blow dryer set to high heat on a low speed. Start with the roots at the crown and lift and smooth each section. My goal is to have some height at the crown with no volume at the sides. I don’t use any styling products.
“What is your favorite TV show or YouTube channel?” – I rarely watch TV, but I very much enjoy several YouTube channels. My favorites are here – here – and here.
“What type of hats do you wear in the winter?” “How do you dress when the weather is freezing?” – A felt fedora is my all-time favorite winter hat. A similar Bailey fedora is here.
I dress in thin layers to stay warm without adding bulk when I go for a walk in the winter. The best use of leggings ever is to wear them under flare leg jeans with boots and thick socks to keep warm. Similar boots are here. The turtleneck sweater is here, and the jeans are here. A similar jacket is here, gloves here, and a similar scarf is here.
“Do you have a favorite healthy soup?” – I do! I eat Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grains & Beans Soup Mix almost daily in winter. After you rinse, soak and cook a cup of the mix, it is easy to add frozen vegetables, boiled potatoes, greens, feta cheese, or anything you like. It’s the perfect way to get some healthy variety while cooking for one. One cup of the mix makes enough for three meals after adding other vegetables. Refrigerate extra and warm it in a saucepan the next day. Add more water or broth if needed.
Pictured below, I added frozen mixed vegetables and topped the warm soup with olive oil, chopped fresh arugula, and feta cheese.
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