A Week at Home
So until next weekend I am without a vehicle that isn't powered by my horse. I have a cart, saddle, and boots. I have work to do, indoors and out on my little homestead and here I will remain all week. To make it a little more interesting, this Week at Home, I am also not allowing myself to eat outside of what my larder and farm produces. It's a test in making due with what is at hand, and help me prepare for winter weeks ahead where travel is rare and the larder really matters! So no one will be driving over with pizza in a flat box. All meals will be home cooked and from my own farm as much as possible. Instead of running into town for errands or feed, I'm stocked up and learning to work within the rations of supplies I pre-bought before this weekend. I am here: more than ever before.
So far this morning I've had an apple and a cup of coffee. There is plenty of homemade potato soup left over from last night but I can't imagine digging back into something so rich without a roaring belly and a day of work under my belt. I'll be doing chores, stacking wood, and maybe hunting a bit on my own land. When I am indoors, I'll be working writing here in the kitchen on my 12-year-old eMac (My "good" computer may be dead...a 2010 iMac which won't read the hard drive as of yesterday, so that is pretty awful if I can't save it...). This older mac model looks like R2D2 and weighs about as much, but it has the internet and email so I can update you here, thank Brigit.
So this post begins a week back in time, a week truly at home. This is not meant to be an Amish experience, so I have my old computer, phone, and Amazon Prime - but just knowing my horse cart is the limit to my wandering is exciting and novel. I am not a wild or careless driver but I do leave the farm a lot for town, for a quick lunch, for coffee and talking with farmers at the Stewarts, to see friends at the Farm Stand..... I leave a lot. More than you may think. But not this week. I can't run off. I am here. As someone who did not grow up rurally, who used to leave home every week day of her life for school or work, this is a change. I've been self employed 2 years now but come Monday morning I too am on the roads, getting supplies, running to appointments, get get the gist.
I'll be updating often and welcome your questions or challenge suggestions from now until Sunday! I ask you this? What would you do if you had a whole week at home on a small farm three miles from town? Would you go nuts without a car to escape in? Would you see it as a vacation or absolutely terrifying without a vehicle for emergencies or toilet paper runs to the gas station? Ask me questions and share your thoughts!
P.S. If anyone knows how to get past the gray apple screen and get your desktop to load instead of just shutting off.... let me know! I tried PRAM and SMC resets, disk utility can't repair or verify my harddrive... so that isn't an option. Magic cures or computer tonics of any sort welcome!