November 15-30, 1999:
The weather is changing and everywhere people are laying in provisions.
Whether it's buying nuts,
or getting one's hay in off the fields,
or getting scaffolding up on the church before snow arrives,
or buying new pots from the Roma (gypsies),
everyone is getting in on the act.
For some, this is a time to tidy up the home before staring at dingy walls all winter long.
Petru, one of the church Chanters, also paints rooms for his trade. It's a milk-based paint applied using a patterned roller.
He traded painting this room for hauling two haystacks home to his cow.
They paint their ceilings as well as their walls.
After the walls are done, the plates that hung on them have to be washed...
... and dried.
With winter coming on, horses need new shoes with cleats on the front as well as the back.
They hate slipping on icy gravel roads.
Another preparation for winter is getting ready for the holidays.
The children's dance group from our village is practicing to go to Bucharest. They're going to be on the show 'Kikki Rikki Mikki.'
Another preparation for winter is getting in things to do.
Marioara is making thread from wool for a winter knitting project.
Of course, normal life goes on.
Sweet breads come piping hot from the oven located outside in the cold.
Young women still have homes to maintain.
Friends walk home from market, boasting about what they got and how much they paid....
And the older generation passes on its wisdom to the young.
Kids learn about tuica at a ten year birthday party.
Kids hitching a ride home from school.
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