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Have you ever noticed how a lot of people use Wal-mart as in indicator of civilization? Well for the purpose of this entry that is what we are going to do. I am neither for, nor against Wal-mart as a corporation it is just something that as Americans we can probably all relate to.
So I moved from a place this summer where there were 3 Wal-marts within 15 minutes of my house. I can't even count how many would be within a 45 minute commute. I was near 4 major malls and within 15 to 30 minutes of 2 major cities. That is of course without traffic which there wasn't a time of day that didn't have traffic or construction mucking it all up.
I moved to a place where the closest Wal-mart is 45 minutes away. Same with the closest suburban area, not to mention major city. We don't even have a movie theater in our town. This really changes the way you shop, the way you calculate what is "close by" and how much gas you use in a week. I am happier than ever that hubby has a Prius for his commute. I really need somehting 4wheel drive that can tow but that is a topic for another post.
It isn't just the distance, or the availability of many major shops that is different for me. It's also what is available at those shops that is so very different. Wal-mart here sells overalls, and insulated coveralls and everyone wears cammo for hunting. There are muckboots in the shoe section and not just one shelf of canning supplies but a whole row of shelves devoted to it all year not just in late summer. So this is a huge change from my sequins and rhinestones previous life where 50% of the females you saw walking in the mall had a Coach bag even if they were only 11 years old.
Now don't think that I think any of this change is bad. Yes there are days I feel like I have moved to 1950 since there not only isn't curbside recycling but you have to drive over an hour to get to anywhere that does recycle. But most of the time I am trying to embrace the change. My boots have a little more mud on them. I keep work gloves everywhere. And most days I'm not wearing makeup or doing my hair. I'm wearing an oversized t-shirt and work pants....and amazingly I have actually been caught out in those clothes. I plan on actually getting my first pair of overalls this spring. Mid to low rise jeans are not made for bending over and gardening.
So what have I had to change? I am attempting to get closer to zero waste. I am trying to reuse everything I can from leftovers to the packaging. I plan trips and spend a whole day "going to town" and buying everything I could use for a month or more. I now really understand why people would say you were going to town on something if you bought a whole bunch. There are times between Costco stocking up, trips to Tractor Supply, Feed from Southern States and a hardware store that I barely have room for my kids in the car. We don't go out much. This means we eat more at home and going out to eat is a special treat. This also means I don't get the human interaction I was used to. Heck I worked at a mall, you can't get a lot more people than that. Most days I only ever see or talk to my kids except online. This is challenging since I am such a major extrovert.
Starting a farm is a lot of work. I am hoping that 5 years from now we will be supplying most of our own food. Every month we get a little closer in our prepping goals. And every day my children can safely play outside in their own yard, visit the farm animals and they get so excited picking berries and fruit. "You mean we can just go outside and have food?!"
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