After living in NYC for seven years and then spending a few weekends out in the middle of nowhere we quickly came to realize that we may have a lot of stuff at home, but it’s not really useful stuff. The more time we’ve spent out on our farm and on other’s farms the more we’ve realized that there’s a pretty long list of stuff that we NEED. The word “need” gets thrown around lightly and in all honesty I’m not saying saying “need” in the true sense of the word, it’s more just stuff that will make our lives much, much easier. I won’t die without a headlamp, but spending 10 hours under the house stapling insulation to the floorboards will be a lot more difficult without it!
From little stuff to big stuff our farm's xmas list was pretty long What was on our farm’s Christmas list? Light.
All kinds of light. From headlamps to spotlights and flashlights. We need light for everything from walking around in the pitch black or inching along in the crawl space. We need lights like we’ve never needed them before. Lets face it, in NYC there’s basically never a time where you can’t see where you’re going. Even on the highways there’s street lamps! I once got pulled over for not having my headlights on at 5am. Well, to be honest, I didn’t have any trouble seeing where I was going or seeing all the other cars. Not the case on the farm. When the sun goes down it gets black, real black. Tools.
My father was a woodworker and his father was an airplane mechanic so we were always stocked to the hilt with tools. Me on the other hand, I haven’t worked a non-office job since high-school. Renting an apartment doesn’t require me to perform the maintenance either. Needless to say, a cordless drill, a wrench and a hammer and I’m more than covered. No reason to have a circular saw, staple gun, or shop-vac. Now I understand why Lowe's stores are so freaking huge. Vehicles.
Oh, you’re probably laughing at this one, but it’s true! We don’t even have a car, let alone a truck or a tractor! Vehicles might be too big to fit on Santa’s sleigh, but they’ll be among the first purchases we make.
I won’t even get into fencing, water/feed troughs, guns, ladders, and all that other good stuff. What was on your xmas list? Did you get it?