“You only have to brush the ones you want to keep,” is what my mother always told me. Admittedly I’m terrible about establishing a regular tooth brushing habit. It’s also a hard thing to keep up with when you don’t have running water. Having spent the last month living on an urban homestead without running water I have not advanced my tooth brushing level. The other thing that has been an interesting change is bathing. These days I collect rain water, several gallons at a time and keep it for bathing. I take bucket baths much like I did when sailing and working on boats. It doesn’t bother me much. 38 degrees is warmer than you think when the wind’s not blowing. Soap suds are surprisingly insulating, and as long as I don’t get my hair wet, bathing in near freezing temperatures with near freezing water has been surprisingly not that bad. That being said I’m excited for the day we upgrade our rain water catchment and build our shower out and I can take a warm shower once again. Until then I’ll continue my cold water baths, which science says has numerous benefits.
As some of you may know my comfort genre when it comes to books is Early 20th Century Boys’ Adventure novels; of which I bought a literal grocery bag full when I was home in Pennsylvania for the winter holiday. While I’ve been chewing through them and enjoying the fluffy stories where bad things may happen but you know the heroes will triumph in the end I do occasionally need to take break from the predictable plots and inherent racism of the genre. I’ve out down my collection of ripping yarns for the time being to pick up Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. It’s a fascinating true crime book about the 1920’s serial killings of members of the Osage tribe, the wealthiest individuals, per-capita, in the world and the intervention in the investigation by the fledgling agency that would grow into the Federal Bureau of Investigation. So far it’s been a gripping tale of greed, murder, and betrayal. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in Native American affairs, the history of the FBI (the Osage murders where the FBI’s first murder investigation) or true crime stories in general. Well written with wealth of information and pictures Killers of the Flower Moon is a thoroughly enjoyable read so far.