Living Simple

A month or so ago I mentioned that our microwave was no longer waving, micro or otherwise. It was just making loud, scary noises. We started looking into replacing the over-the-stove appliance right before Christmas. Not exactly the time of year to be spending extra money.

We also have to put about $1,000 into the car before it will pass inspection in March (new tires and another new driver’s side mirror); the heater is acting up and as everybody across the country knows – it’s been really cold everywhere; the roof needs patching; and we’re now looking at college tuition for Taylor in the fall.

With all those expenses coming up the thought of paying for a new microwave is less than appealing so we’ve been kicking it old school. That’s right, folks. We are making popcorn on the stove, heating our leftovers in the oven and actually cooking. It’s been a great experience for the children to see what life was like back in the day when roughing it was just part of life and to maybe have a little more appreciation for how much easier life is now.

Next I might take away the Wii and let them play my old Mattel Football game. Just another lesson in living simple…


  1. Terri on January 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Roughing it can be fun. When we take the rv out, we don't have a microware. It's tough, but we solved the problem by not having any leftovers! 🙂

  2. Kellie on January 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Oh my goodness, you make me laugh!And that Mattel Electronics game brings back a FLOOD of memories!

  3. Gretchen on January 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I KID YOU NOT: When we went back to CO for Xmas, Big's folks dug out his old football and baseball games. There were still takers in D and J. 'Course they don't have cable. LOL. Too funny.

  4. His Girl on January 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    this made me giggle. all the way.sorry you're living like the Amish, Jenster…what's next? a clothesline?

  5. Tanya on January 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    You know, I really don't like to use the Microwave. It just seems like spraying your food with these "microwaves" is strange.But honestly many things really are better when made (and remade) on the stove and in oven.

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