Bet you’ve heard that said, haven’t you? You might even have one of those ‘Don’t Sweat’ books on your self-help shelf (I think I used to). I find we do sweat a lot of small stuff – mainly because the small stuff grows in proportion to your income and status. For instance, taking a kid out of school for a Dr’s visit is a lot easier if you don’t have to use public transportation. What’s an inconvenience at one income level is a much bigger problem at another.
Here’s today’s small stuff. When we get home I make a snack for the kids to have while they settle in with homework. It’s frequently pasta – both because it’s cheap and because the kids like it. My older daughters will often take the initiative and get a pan of water boiling on the stove while I deal with dogs that need to go out and homework instructions for the little kids. Today my daughter announced that the stove wasn’t working. I held out some hope that the pilot had just gone out and needed relighting but when I wasn’t able to get it going we came to the dismal realization that we were out of propane. We are lucky that we only use propane for the stove/oven in this trailer- unlike in our last trailer the water heater is electric so we still have hot water for showers, dishes and laundry. But I won’t be able to fill the propane tanks until I get paid next Friday (it costs around $55-$65 depending on the price of propane and the more you buy the lower the price, making it uneconomical to fill one of the two tanks).
So for the next week we will be cooking with just the microwave and toaster! If you have great family friendly microwave recipes please send them. We do have microwave mac n cheese (today’s snack) and a little plastic dish that we use to make omelets. We are making it into a teachable moment and making a list of all food we can eat without cooking – sandwiches, salad, fruit, and the things we have that can be microwaved!