Tim took this picture while we were coming back from the store the other day: this was before the snow storm, which has yet to arrive here in earnest. Last night was very cold. Tim stayed up all night, making sure the fire kept going and the propane heater did what it needed to do. Thankfully everything behaved, and the house was nicely warm when the girls and I got up to start our day. The girls have school today, but then are off for the remainder of the week.
Back to the picture. One of the things I really like about this image is that it reminds me that there's always more than one way to do anything, and to open your mind to possibilities outside of how things are normally done. House trailers are generally moved with a more traditional tractor-trailer: it's not exactly cheap to have a trailer moved, but you see it all the time in these parts. Making use of the farm tractor certainly saved money. It was probably illegal as hell, but then again, aren't most things these days?
It seems that way. Last night Tim and I were talking about the long list of things you now need to show ID to purchase. In addition to Sudafed, which is now kept locked up like we're all one bad day away from becoming meth cooks, you get ID'd for spray paint, lighter fluid, nail polish remover - all in the name of public safety, of course. Much better for our collective well-being and national psyche to presume we're all criminals right from the get-go. People have gotten grief from the powers that be if they grow vegetables in their own front yard: the aesthetic concerns of others apparently trump people's right to feed themselves.
What is our duty to the national economy? Part of the critique I hear of the home gardener, in addition to the persistent but untrue assertion that you don't actually save any money growing your own (you can certainly blow through a lot of money, especially when you're setting up your garden for the first time ever, but once you've been gardening for a while, including fertilizer, you're spending less than $50 on the garden and you get way more than $50 worth of veggies out of it) is the fact that it's just so much easier to buy your veggies, and by doing so, you help the economy. Providing for yourself takes dollars out of someone else's pockets, and that's problematic from certain points of view.
It's like Black Friday. We've gone way past the line from distasteful to obscene, as far as I'm concerned. People rushing around, en masse, to buy shit they don't need and can't afford. It's a manufactured hysteria, a sign of an economy cannibalizing itself. There will be no economic recovery for the average American household until we can free ourselves from the pressure to buy, buy, buy everything.
Now it is time for work, and I need to find a story I wrote a while ago and can't put my fingers on, and get what I can crossed off the to-do list before 3 o'clock. Wish me luck, and keep your eyes peeled for tractor trailers.