Week in Photos – Part 2

I am camping at our local airport ‘Jasionka’ as I am typing this. Bittersweet a bit, but I am going home. Funny how I say the same thing when I fly the opposite direction too. Home is in two places now.

Not much to report really, you know, everyday stuff, life happening at a slightly slower pace, more focus on things that I rarely think about. Like heating the house; let’s just press the button, shall we? Not here! There is so much work and energy put into just heating the house one could spend one fourth of a day on it. You gotta feed the fire every 3-4 hours, clean the tar and ashes every time, scrape if off the entire stove’s walls, keep adjusting the temperature, basically check on it constantly.

Frugal living

The above is another stove, a stove in the kitchen. It got built when the house got built which is in the early 70s. I grew up with this stove. You can basically use it to cook and bake anything you want, including 6 loaves of bread at the same time (see the bread oven door just above the plastic basket?). It also comes handy to burn all paper trash. Recyclable materials are collected only once a month, and you have a one bag collection limit! – this is how much T. and I produce in 4 days (shamefully, of course) Here people deal with the excess of trash however they can. Burning seems to be working out best.

frugal living, canned goods

And back by the popular demand, another shelf of goods and goodies. Pickles, peppers, mushroom, cherries. The bucket on the floor contains home made sauerkraut (shall I mention home grown cabbage too?). My dad makes excellent sauerkraut; growing up when we always had family and friends over and my mom was using up a lot of it, my dad would make 2 big barrels. Each barrel containing like 100 liters. Can you imagine? My aunt would shred the cabbage, and my dad would make sure it is tightly put into the barrels. My sister and I would wash our feet really well and jump on top of the barrel full of cabbage until it would give out the juices. Then it was ready to be covered with some plastic cover and a brick. Now off to the cellar and see you in 2 months! As long as you keep it with a lot of its own juices on top, it shall turn out nice and crispy and super sour of course.

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And here it is 🙂 We used some as a side dish yesterday. It was pickled with carrots, some onions and salt. If you like kimchi, you would love my dad’s sauerkraut! #BestProbioticEver

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‘Mruczek’ does not like to be disturbed. What he does like though are raw chicken wings. My dad buys 2 pounds of them each week. I am pretty sure that poultry (poultry bones) is not recommended for cats but my dad respectfully disagrees. After all, Mruczek looks healthy and shiny and has been enjoying his diet for the last six years. Fine, I will keep my cat feeding dos and don’ts wisdom to myself.

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During my trip I received approximately 100 drawings from my nieces. They are burning through the crayons. I have to stock up again during the ‘back to school’ sales in September.

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And here some views of the side yard. The tiny box ‘house’ on the right is a hmm… well… when you need to ‘go’ and you are outside, you may hide yourself there and take care of your business. It is definitely used less now (almost never) but my dad is still keen to keep it ‘just in case’. Sometimes it is hard to part with things you relied on in the past. I get that.

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Off to Warsaw now!

 

8 comments

  1. Becky says:

    Love that canning cupboard. It looks like the lids are different in Poland, but I’m sure they work the same or they wouldn’t use them!

    The pictures are lovely.

  2. TerriC says:

    Outhouse….I grew up here on this farm and Granny had her outhouse as her second ‘restroom’ for years and years. It was very handy when all seven of us grandchildren were visiting, lol.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Yes 🙂 And also, during summers, when we were very busy playing outside, it was very convenient (and quick!) to just use the ‘restroom’ outside. Washing hands after? Yep, that’s a different story…

  3. KimP says:

    Love the canning cupboard, as well. Just curious, does your dad pressure can those? How does it work w/the different lids? Thanks you for sharing your trip!! 🙂 Hope your trip back is smooth sailing.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      They are pressure canned yes, using home method of boiling the full jars on the stove (see the first photo!) in a huge pot full of water. Once they’ve boiled for 15 minutes or so, they are taken out and put upside down for several hours. After they completely cool off they are ready for storage.

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