My family and I have recently moved into a new permanent home. It’s a good property and plenty of space for everyone. I’m sitting in the living room writing this post surrounded by boxes full of things we still have yet to put away. I’m from a military family so I’ve moved many times during my childhood. When you’re a kid, however, moving is much more of an adventure. You pack some things, your parents do the most packing, and you wait until it’s the night before the move. That night almost feels like christmas eve. Everyone is sleeping on mattresses on the floor or in sleeping bags. There’s no TV so we play card games while we eat our delivered dinner of pizza and drink from plastic cups. We run through the empty house and marvel at all of the space that was cleverly hidden beneath our stuff. One last slide down the stairs in our pillowcase sleds and we go to sleep ready for the new house, the new place, our family adventure.
Oh how things change when you grow up. Moving sucks. Everything about it is stressful. It’s so much work and even more so when children are involved. You spend half of your energy just trying to get them to help out and stop whining. So you have twice as much crap to pack and none of the help. And we have horses and dogs and cats to boot. Well, I’m not going to go into the nasty details. I just wanted to illuminate what my life has been like for the past two weeks.
As we were moving into our new place we realized we were lacking in some of our regular daily necessities. We did not have the internet hooked up yet so that meant I could not get online at all unless I went to the local library during library hours. I never had the occasion to do this, so for the past 2 weeks I could not mindless scroll through news sites, check my emails, or google every little question that popped into my head. That wasn’t too bad, although, I terribly wanted to write emails to my friends. I also could not watch Netflix which I had an unhealthy addiction to anyway. So no TV, no internet. Not too bad. I never had time for any of that anyway because I was either unpacking, building fences, rehabing stalls and chicken coops, walking the dogs, or doing normal daily chores from the moment I woke up till the moment I went to sleep. All of this wasn’t the worst though. Even with the manual hard labor, and yes it’s very hard labor, it wasn’t as bad as the fact that we have been without a refrigerator this entire time.
Just think about it for a minute. Think of when there’s a bad thunderstorm and the powers out for like a day or two. How much it sucks that you have no food besides that random can of soup. Well we have been living in that surreal fantasy land for 2 weeks. Finding something to eat for one person without using any perishables is challenging and a nuisance at worst. Finding 3 meals a day for 4 people without access to refrigeration is stupid. It brings a sobering meaning to living off the land and creative cooking. The main staple of our family diet is now bread and peanut butter. The chickens are super valuable for the eggs because besides nuts, eggs are our only good source of protein. I have made homemade applesauce numerous times. We go out and pick up apples and pears from the ground for food. I can’t make anything in bulk that will go bad in a day, so basically nothing. If it’s cooked it has to be eaten. And we have to go grocery shopping almost every other day. The list goes like this: bananas, bread, oatmeal, peanut butter, coffee, baby bell cheese. I did eat a zucchini for 3 days straight because it keeps fairly well on the counter. Now when I go grocery shopping I look at root vegetables and citrus fruit. All of my frozen berries are being cared for in a neighbor’s freezer (thank god) and I count the minutes till we finally get that big beautiful chilling appliance. The greatest household invention ever, because I wouldn’t mind shitting in a hole outside if I could come in to a well stocked fridge.
I leave you with some pictures of the move and of the kids cleaning out the stalls in the barn and ask you to think about how fantastic it is to live with refrigeration. so fucking fantastic.