slow living update – November

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As usual, our month turned out to be busier than we were prepared for. I’m not sure that we accomplished much this month because it feels like we were never home, but going through this monthly summary always helps me to find the small things.

{Nourish}:

The dad did most of the cooking in November. I was completely on board with that. It takes us a while to get used to the dark coming so early at night – and the dad has more energy than I do at the end of the day, so the arrangement worked out nicely.

We are still fighting the lure of the hockey arena fries, but we usually follow them up with a better meal at home later. And by usually, I mean sometimes.

{Prepare}:

I have nothing to report here. This part of the year is mostly behind us now.

{Reduce/Reuse/Repurpose/Repair}:

The dad fixed our chlorinator (it keeps the nasty sulpher taste and smell out of the well water, but doesn’t leave behind the taste or smell of chlorine like you get with town water) and set up the pellet stove in the basement. Both would have been expensive fixes without his “farmer” skills.

{Green – cleaners, body products and basic herbal remedies}:

I can’t say that anything is new here either, but the clothes in the basement dry much faster with the heat pumping out of the pellet stove. That is a great incidental benefit. I use the dryer mostly for towels or for when the small kid suddenly realizes that she has no dry jeans to wear to school in the morning.

I’ve also been ride-sharing to work due to continued numbness in my feet. I look forward to being able to drive again, but in the meantime, we are saving a bit of gas and putting one less vehicle on the road.

{Grow}:

The potatoes have been dug up (much too late, but we will still have enough to last for a while) and have been stored away in the cold room. The onions were forgotten in the porch last week during our cold snap (-19C one night), and were softened by the freezing, so my job tonight or tomorrow is to chop them and freeze them instead.

Our neighbour very nicely plowed the garden just a day or two before the snow started to arrive last weekend. Another year’s work finished.

{Create}:

I didn’t even have a creative thought in November. My lack of posts can attest to that. I hope to do better this month.

{Discover}:

I managed to spend a little time by the fire reading, but mostly I find that I fall asleep quickly and my book remains unfinished. It’ll get better as soon as the days start to get longer.

I did, however, spend enough time in hockey arenas that I am learning a lot more about the rules of the game.

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{Enhance – community}:

As usual, our November was capped off by our local Ducks Unlimited fundraising banquet. The dad has been volunteering for the organization since he was a teenager, and we have supported the dinner with friends for many years. My highlight of the evening was the roasting that the dad received for his substandard Movember mustache by the local radio announcer.

The mustache didn’t quite make it to the end of the month. We attended a funeral on the 30th and we both agreed he should shave. I refused to go to a funeral accompanied by a husband who looked like a person of interest on a wanted poster in a police station. And I think he was tired of people telling him that he had a little something smeared above his lip.

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{Enjoy}:

This is the section that we spent most of our energy on this month. We made a day trip to the Royal Winter Fair to watch the pony jumper show, spent a weekend away at a hockey tournament in the Capital, had a birthday party for my mother-in-law, went to the plaque unveiling for the dad’s great-uncle and enjoyed a fundraising banquet at the end of the month.

The small squeaky kid came home from a riding competition with three ribbons (we missed that show because of the tournament, but the grandparents attended in our stead). We also spent a lot of time in cold hockey arenas drinking coffee, eating Jolly Rancher candies and cheering for the tall hormonal kid’s team.

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30 thoughts on “slow living update – November

  1. Velva says:

    You had a busy month! Happy holidays to you.

  2. It’s always enjoyable to read your summaries. I may have to start doing them because it gives you good perspective of where you’ve been. Also, I was wondering. How cold is it in a hockey arena? Are some of your games outside?

  3. Sorry to hear about your feet. That must make getting around quite a challenge. We would love to live like you do, except we are not fix-it people, we always need someone’s help and the proper tools. You guys are extraordinary. Nice to catch up with you. It’s always interesting to hear about your goings on.

  4. What a pest about the onions but, after all the work of chopping, it will be brilliant to have all those ready prepared onions just waiting to be used. :)

  5. Claire says:

    Jolly Ranchers! You used to be able to get them here, but I’ve not seen them for ages… I love reading your slow living updates (mine have fallen totally by the wayside). Sounds like you had a very full month, hope December brings you the relaxing Christmas you deserve!

    • I always carry Jolly Rancher candies with me now – they keep the small kid quiet for minutes at a time and we pass them around the stands to the other parents as well.

      I’m hoping for some quiet over Christmas too. Probably in vain, but there is always hope.

  6. Your life reminds me of mine ten years ago

  7. I like the idea of having less on the “prepare” side and more on the “enjoy” side!

  8. I love the categories you go over for your months. I also had a funeral in November:( I’m wishing you peace and slices of time for yourself in December, may you enjoy the season! I love how your guy is such a good partner. I’m blessed that way too, my motorcycle man is a great helper. I watched my mom growing up do so much of it alone. They had money, my dad provided well there but the rest was ALL up to her.

  9. It’s nice to hear your updates… it’s been hard for me to write and catch up in reading too..but I do a few at a time…. my husband and I are back in hockey arenas since we moved as he is helping our son ‘manage’ a Select Minor Bantam team…. some arenas are ancient and soooooo cold… Diane

    • Some of them are really cold. Our daughter is minor Bantam this year too and has been asked to join the select team. That would then be three teams she plays with as well as a skills class each week. I’m not sure if we will be able to add one more thing to the schedule, but she would enjoy it.

      • Your schedule especially in the winter is unbelievable….I would think your enjoy it or you wouldn’t be doing it.. My daughters’ two sons play hockey (they live in Illinois) and she loves it…. Diane

  10. Lois Field says:

    I fondly remember, now, the days of sitting in cold hockey arenas to watch games, It would take me hours to thaw out afterwards. I don’t know where you find the time for all those activities.

    So the mustache didn’t make it till the end of the month, I can tell you are heartbroken. :-)

    Hope you feel better soon, I understand only too well the frustration waiting for things to return to normal.

    • I’m sure you do. I’m hoping it starts to improve soon. I miss having my independence when it comes to driving.

      • Lois Field says:

        I am going through a bad spell now, the cold has gotten to my muscles when I have to go out making them not respond. Coming in from the cold takes hours for them to start to cooperate again.

        I know what you mean about independence. Before I moved here I lived several miles from town in the boonies. I still had the car but couldn’t go anywhere unless I could find someone to ride along with me because I needed help walking once I reached my destination. Even though I’m not happy to lose my ability to walk it’s been freeing to be able to use the chair living in town to go where I want.

  11. Emma says:

    How lucky you are to have a husband that cooks!! I think the mustache looks very Errol Flynn!
    I spend huge amounts of time at the ice rink too but still have no grasp of the rules! ( and we tend to eat ice rink ‘panini’ a little more often that I would like!!)
    Have a great christmas.

    • I do think it is wonderful that he cooks – but the Errol Flynn thing might be a bit of a stretch :) (though I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of your comment).

      Ice rink Panini would be seem very upscale in comparison to the fare we get here. Our specialty seems to be poutine.. And the local arena sells something called Beaver Balls (which is really only little doughnuts, but who is willing to find out?)

  12. Christine says:

    Loved reading about the moustache tale! My brother sends a calender out each year to get printed with his photos in it and he names November – MOvember. The man at the printers thought it was an error last year and changed it back to November..my brother was furious! Good on the Dad for supporting this cause! :)

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