Friday Food Waste

I threw out a few slices of forgotten cucumber. They were yellow and a bit bitter, so I didn’t give them to the dog, who loves cucumber. My girl loves most vegetables; she used to pillage the compost for scraps, which was a big nuisance if I didn’t catch her in time – stuff spread all over. Oh, well, it was as good as turning the pile.

We don’t eat out much, but we stopped for a fast food meal while driving home from the maritimes. The “large” sized beverage was about a quart, I think. I was appalled. It lasted us two days! The burgers were good, but expensive. Nicholas noted that they were quite tasty and fresh, and I answered, “They should be – they cost as much as a pub burger!” If we did that regularly, I would think it a great waste of food becaus eit was one meal for the same amount of money that should sustain us for two days. And how much waste is generated in fast food restaurants – food prepared and never sold, so it’s discarded, things overcooked or less than picture-perfect, damaged buns, fries and so on that get trashed. And what about the food that people don’t finish, and toss? Thos mammoth cups of soft drink, for instance – who ever finishes one? Sit-down restaurants aren’t any better – lots gets wasted in the kitchen and on the plate.

How do you deal with take-out and restuarant leftovers? Do you eat out regularly?

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Tired of Plain Yet?

This is my newest bonnet – the custom made Wenger style that Bayley at Plain n Simple provided. I like it very much. The construction is of a plastic mesh, which makes it light and keeps it from getting too hot. The jersey fabric is also light and breezy. The ties are fabric, the same material as the bonnet.

I wear this bonnet when I go out, except for driving. It cuts back on my peripheral vision just enough to be hazardous. Remember that in a bonnet, your hearing and vision can be affected. Be careful at street crossings, driving or afoot. Even driving a buggy would be a problem if the bonnet shades your face. You need to see things as fast as the horse does, so be careful not to block your vision.

This was a major investment for me, but I expect to wear the bonnet for many years.

More Plain Dress

This is what I look like most days. Quaker brown dress, white cape and apron, black cap at home. Those are Teva sandals purchased at a thrift store for a couple of bucks.

I can get a white cap pretty grimy in no time – housecleaning, baking, dogs, childcare. So I switched to black caps most days, to save wear and tear and washing of the white ones.

Wearing Hijab

I can understand why some Christian women are attracted to hijab. It is a code for modest dress; it is attractive and allows for the wearing of colour and pattern, if one is not inclined to be Plain; for those of Eastern European or Middle-Eastern descent, it is an appropriate ethnic dress. I am of Northern stock myself. The dress of Scottish women two hundred and fifty years ago shocked the Quakers of Phildelphia when the clans started to emigrate to the New World, so that ancestral model is not one for a truly modest woman to look to. (The issue was too much free-flowing hair and way too much bosom and ankle.) A more Quakerly approach suits me, having dressed in black as a priest for several years.

I suppose one question is if Christian women should adopt hijab. I would say that strictly speaking, no, because it implies an adherence to Islam. But adopting hijab-style principles and dress would always be appropriate. The covered head and modest garment are correct in terms of Biblical teachings, as well as Christian practice for centuries.

How much is too much? Christian and Jewish women were never required to cover their faces as a religious principle; niqab is inappropriate for Christians as a spiritual discipline.  I would avoid anything that implied an ethnicity that would mislead someone. This could be an important issue in some Moslem countries. Christians should avoid dressing too native lest it lead to misunderstanding. I knew an American man who got taken in by the police for refusing to go to the mosque when he was found in the market in Arab dress, in Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, don’t dress in such a way that it would embarrrass your Moslem friends. The hijab is a sign of modesty, and a rather strict one at that. Cover from neck to ankle and past the elbow. If you are comfortable wearing pants, then the top you wear should cover down to your thighs, and be loose. The bosom should not be emphasized, nor the hips. I would avoid excessive jewelry, too; it isn’t modest to show off either wealth or fashion sense.

It is up to you to wear the hijab bonnet or simply a scarf draped to cover the hair. For those with delicate or fragile hair, the bonnet may rub too much and break your hair. It would be best to pull your hair back gently, and tie and pin the scarf rather than wearing two layers of pressure. If you have really long or thick hair, avoid the camel hump bun at the top of the head.

Make-up, if you wear it at all, is best kept natural and soft – no long lashes, obvious colours on the eyes, or china doll blush. Lipstick should be natural and light. It is not modest to draw too much attention to your features. The hijab, close to the face, already acts as a frame. Choose the fabric colour to complement your natural features, not clash.

My main concern is that while your body and hair are covered, your face is exposed to UV rays. I can’t see wearing a bonnet or large-brimmed hat with hijab, although the hat would be a good idea outdoors! A bad sunburn is dangerous, so be sure to wear a sunscreen or carry a parasol.

Those who are already wearing hijab-type dress may want to add to this, or corrct me if I’m wrong. I’d be interested to hear from you. why did you choose Eastern dress? How do other people, Christian and Moslem, react? Has it caused you problems?

Be assured that I am supportive of your decision. Modesty is always right!

Simple, Plain

I said I would try to get some photos into the blog, which for me has been a mystery. I’ve done it before, but the procedure has simply left my head.

This is what I look like in a simple white kerchief, black dress and denim apron. With the black canvas shoes, it doesn’t get much Plainer.

And that is my hair, uncovered. It hasn’tbeen trimmed in over eight years, and you can see where the grey is coming in! This is as long as it gets, just past my waist, I don’t think it looks that bad, for uncut hair.

This is the kerchief from the back. The kerchief is a triangle, hemmed on all sides. I wear it over my hear when I need to have my hair down, but usually only at home. It can also work around the neck as scarf or shawl, pinned or knotted.

I’ll have more photos of caps and bonnets in the next post.

Now what?

I don’t mean this to become a dream log, but this is in line with the “canning jars in the barn.” I dreamt about my washtubs and wringer, and how to get them fixed. Really, when I fetched the big washtubs home I found a major dent in one, and the guide on the wringer had come loose. Obviously, I don’t like this, because my brain worked on it all night. And I have a washer/dryer here – I don’t need to use the tubs!

My low tech mind is telling me to get out of the 21st century, isn’t it?

Canning Jars

I htink I have enough cannign jars for a while. I dreamt about them last night. I’d inherited a barn with a room full of old canning jars! Yes, the subconscious is trying to tell me something – like – leave that next box of free canning jars on the curb!