pain -> last will
I update it every half year. The pain is more the digital and not the physical part of the heritage mass. What to do with internet and email accounts. At german law internet posts are same as handwritten letters and belong to the hereditary mass. I have 36 social media accounts :company, village mayor, family, sport clubs, firefighters, .... And I have to write down for each who will be allowed to have access in case of death.
hard work -> tax declaration
Income tax, ground tax, tax on house, farm lands, animals, ...
Yes, I had to do money calculations too. But I had luck that in a tiny village people help each other. Having a big family is nice. Two of my cousin(e)s are carpenters. Instead of doing family meetings at restaurants we meet at a relative who has heavy work to do. And -luckily- neither my wife nor me are total amateurs in house maintainance.
But honestly without kids, we would probably life in an appartment in a town. We wanted to grew them up in nature with animals. Both, my wife and me; liked it ourselfs.
What is x-mas time without the smell of baked apples. We have lot of quinces so we do a variant: baked quinces with own honey.
Strudel is an all year food. For x-mas time we do Stollen. At my birthtown Wetzlar a special Stollen is done. Stollen has a dual meaning in german: either the cake bread or an (iron) mine. The special stollen (bread) is placed 100m below surface 4 weeks for riping in a Stollen (mine). Constant temperature and moisture without energy costs.
schooling -> field kitchen
We will decorate the x-mas tree at our fortified church located on a hill top of the village. The tree can be seen for 20km at good weather. As a warm up food I filled my field kitchen.
Yesterday evening me and the twins started to fill it with potatoe, onions, kale. Slow boiled over night. In morning all mashed and bacon added. Served today evening after decorating it will look like below. It is a recipe which tastes the better the more is boiled the same moment.
As a kid we moved a lot and rented appartments, They had most often a cleaning service. But when we paid my relatives for the house of grandpa all of a sudden we had to do repairs, snow blowing, road maintainance... all ourself.
And it isn't just the house - add 4 barns, horse stall, 3 kilometres private roads, ...
But I can use a shovel
In winter I have a shovel in my car and I had to use it a dozens times when wind blew snow to form road blocks.
Grizzly: The side by side variant seemed to have same attachment points than the single-seater. Ordered broad double-wheels and a small snow-plow for the Yamaha Grizzly. So the twins can clean the barns and the house while the Unimog is doing the roads. The double wheels arrived first and are mounted. First test will be moving neighbour kids with sleges and skis uphill in hopefully sunny afternoon. We are 200m higher than the villages so we have enough snow.
Consistency, hard to tell a chewing feeling. Quince cheese is more like Haribo Tropifrutti, Quittenbrot more like Haribo Liquorice.
From nether german 'smuddeln', doing something dirty. The ground is no yet really frozen, but muddy. It is doing a mix of rain and snow. Wet leavey are blown by heavy wind. You won't even send the dog out.
The wind and sun protected northside of our hill: snow covered.
Our Leonberger dogs don't need a raincoat like this poor dog. They have a double-coated fur and play outside, enjoying the weather when there is a pause in the storm.
wood burning -> hay smoked trout
Quince cheese is a paste made from quinces boiled with a lot of sugar.
Quittenbrot is similiar. Quinces are boiled and pressed through linnen, the juice is used to make fine jelly. The remains in the linnen are mixed with sugar and dried (in our staircase oven) on plates and then cut into cookies. Harder and less sweet than quince cheese.
fireplace -> smell
Our oven is integrated into the staircases. The hot air wents through a labyrinth. Small doors allow to dry fruits or quince bread. So we have a smell of fruits in wintertime.
There is a company building them for stone houses, see below. Ours is special, 250 years old old wood patchwork house under cultural heritage. The chimney is central in the builing and the entrance hall was used as stall and hay store in old times. I made the calculations, fire savety and pencil drawings, but it took half a year before it was finally allowed.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys -> boots
Santa Claus, x-mas? Many of my family including me have birthdays between 20dec and 2jan. So we got most presents at birthday and 6dec - Saint Nicholas- Day. The gifts at 6dec were put into the boots before the house door by Knecht Ruprecht.
He was centuries before coca cola. So he isn't red.
Total opposite here. Chilli don't grow in my area outside glasshouses. Mustard plants can be used as green manure. So we have more than enough seeds for making mustard.
Japanese Karashi is made from just sharp brown mustard seeds.
Our is fine milled brown and rough milled yellow seeds, fruit wine, fruit vinegar and minced fruits. Adding a fruit aroma to a Dijon mustard like base taste.
At Oktoberfest Weisswurst are eaten with a special sweet mustard.
Stewart -> x-mas
When I was young there were just 3 TV-programs- One always aired 'It's a Wonderful life' at afternoon of 24 decembre.
ghost pepper -> Quittensenf (quince mustard)
We have mustard plants, we have grandma's mill made from two stone rings so we can make our own special mustards. Normally we use one rainy afternoon in mid autumn. It is for our recipes and as birthday gift. Chilli just activates pain nerves, mustard activates the nerves for aroma. Guess what, I prefer a good mustard over chilli.
nachos -> coffin
A single chip sold for 10€ in a coffin like package. Forbidden in my state since the chilli content varied too much and several people served it to friends without the gloves in the package. Stupid One Chip Challenge. Told the twins it is more brave to say no to such stupidity than jumping from the bridge with them.
family -> attic find
My sister found two years back letters to my grandma. They were 7 siblings and 5 died during the war. I knew that 5 died. But reading the letters gave them a personality.
Hilde (13): too less oxygen at birth and handicapped to mental health of a child aged around 5. Killed at Hadamar killing centre considered worthless life by the nazi's as it turned out after war.
Heine (14): march 1945 when nazi's drafted at school , was send to frontier without training and killed by strafing fighters
Bernd (19): beginning engineer, drafted to u-boats, MIA, wrack found in 2004
Hugo (23): firefighter, killed at Kassel when fire-fighting bombed city and a time-delay bomb exploded, octobre 1943
Anette (11): fighter strafing the train she was in, march 1945
Grandma was 17 when she was send to eastern frontier as a nurse. She hided at day and walked at night, taking 4 month fleeing and her parents considered her dead too.
Bruno was 9 and the only they knew alive for sure at war's end.
I think 'Father Christmas' by The Kinks is a song which combines trick or treating from Halloween with X-Mas. Pour kids want money or work for their parents from a shopping mall santa and beat him up. The punk band from my brother played it alot.
Yes I am old, I know it.
theme -> Waldsterben
District does a meeting with this theme. Our oldest will be a guest-speaker, doing a report about our forest. Global warming, years of draught, new parasites from southern europe ... causes forest dying-Many forest look like these nowadays.
Luckily our forest is at a hill were clouds climb and release water. Also a mixed forest of different sorts and ages- so we have luck so far. Our vintage glider is often used for control flights and we found no big changes so far. Forest ants, 5 different woodpeckers - No mass appearance of bark beetle so far.
Arthur C Clarke -> E.E. "Doc" Smith
While Clarke was the Science in Science Fiction, Doc was the one who invented the space opera. Actually the first scify I read was the Lensman series from him. Dad had booklets costing 0,70 german marks.
magic cows -> Möbius Strip
Certain magic mushrooms grow on caddle or goat poo. In Sacred2 is electic poo, produced by magic cows?
The weird thing about this poo is that it has no beginning and no end. It is a möbius strip. It isn't mentioned in sacredwiki. It could be an EsterEgg.
Feeling like 16 again and learning for school. I got an old paramedic license from my army time. But laws changed and I felt I had to change the license to new standards. In Germany we have Rettungssanitäter (rescue paramedics) and Notfallsanitäter (emergency paramedics). A rescue one is allowed to do all to bring a person into savety if no docs are near. But once the person is away from environment danger he is not really allowed to do invasive treatment like infusions or tracheotomy. An emergency paramedic would be allowed till a doc arrives. Allowed means save from legal stuff. Most will do whatever they think is needed anyway, but there can be cases that you have to proof at court that you couldn't wait.
The law is fine for cities, but being countryside there is often a long time till better trained persons arrive. So to be save when doing help I decided to upgrade mine.
rescue license is like 500 hours investment
emegency is a 3 year job learning
I learned at army and volunteer firefighters for decades and my training time and experience was close to emergency one. I just had to do 200 more hours of special training to fully upgrade.
Good thing: I was put free and paid by my company for the license. They save money for insurance if having a paramedic in house.
magic -> Psilocybin
School did a warning letter to parents that magic mushrooms containing psilocybin were found. I know that liberty caps are growing at the place we keep our 20 goats and our kids know about the danger.
exothermic -> Superconductivity
With so much possible money to make, dozens of articles in science papers about superconductivity are without a real proof.
I remember doing my doctor - more than half the time I needed was counterchecking.