January 2017. by JE
Actually – right now – plenty of it! And snow too…
Living here al rustico since 2008, has predicated massive changes for me. It’s been adapt or demise.
Since I’m a pretty independent person – the demise part wasn’t appealing, so I moved into the adapt part – of what very quickly became my new, as yet not fully explored life. And to date – it’s been pretty amazing.
One of my hugest events of just existing over the years – has been doing so on just an SSA income – hard won by over 46 years of steady work… Beginning on raw land… with no amenities whatsoever.
My thought – if everyone were compelled to live this way for even a few years – maybe there would be far less whining – but I dunno.
Seems there is no recovery for whiners.
But I digress…
Only had two years to ‘out’ from my super position at an engineering firm… Ah well…wish I could say this was unique, but it affected millions of us.
THIS – where I am now – was my last bastion; a small camping tent, my very good service dog, Max & I.
One of the many re-dos, re-thinks was how to keep food from spoiling – with ice in an ice chest of course. However I was on no camping trip now – I was here for whatever duration was left of my life above ground.
The ice in the cooler thing resolved – as there was a small town 28 mile round trip away; a gas station & auto repair; and a nice mercantile-grocery store.
Lucky – this community had all the necessities.
So for the next 8 years – this is where I got my ice in late spring thru fall. 10 to 15 bags a week.
Late fall, temps dropped – the snow came – I could harvest all the ice I needed. As my construction projects expanded – a few years ago I built an ‘ice shed’ off the recently finished garage… Stuffed it full with snow and boxes of ice that lasted me well into April in one year – but usually just end of February or beginning of March.
Then of course – the bag purchases began once more.
Sometimes it takes quite awhile to ‘save’ enough for a big ticket item. It took me well over 7 years to position myself to buy a propane operated fridge, which I did August 2016!
Small one – 3.4 cf… But one of the most enormous, positive events since 2008! It took me over three months to fully realize I no longer had to fret about ice; cooling; losing food…
Could purchase frozen food & keep it frozen for ages! Now THIS, was truly exciting!
Built a special alcove over a storage area for it. Still, today, January 2017, I glance at it and give it a thank you pat almost daily.
And also – today – I celebrate not having to go out before full sunup, to harvest ice.
I celebrate not having to purchase ice in the coming spring and summer.
I celebrate this in the wake of 8 plus years of doing so and am so very lucky and grateful for – No More Ice!