When you live with a low income you come to truly appreciate the things you’ve got, especially when it comes to the way you make your food. We’ve had a very limited ability to cook. It started with nothing. Then we were gifted a hotplate, which allowed us to cook. Next we got a microwave. It seemed like we were being spoiled after having nothing at all.
Of course, in time you start to take these things for granted. You kind of expect that the things you have will be there for as long as you need them. You don’t expect to lose them until you’re ready to replace them.
We should have taken into account that the microwave was in poor condition. It was really on it’s last legs. When we got it the little plate that rotates didn’t rotate. Sometimes it would heat things just fine. Other times it would take twice as long. It just wasn’t in good condition from the start. We should have known it wouldn’t last long.
Today when I was done making my own lunch, the microwave died. It just turned off unexpectedly and didn’t turn back on. We couldn’t figure out what happened to it. It just stopped working. I saw it coming, but it’s depressing.
Corde is especially upset about the whole thing. The microwave made her life so much easier. It meant she could cook just about whenever she wanted. She could heat up leftovers without having to get someone to help her with it. All she had to do was stick it in the microwave and ask some help for figuring out how long it would take. It gave her a lot of freedom that she wouldn’t otherwise have.
I guess that means we’re adding to the list of things we need to buy when Oz gets a new job. We knew the kitchen would need some love, but we’d really hoped it would hold us over until we were able to move. We didn’t want to get ourselves set up for a kitchen we wouldn’t be keeping for long. It’s one of the reasons we haven’t bought a stove. We don’t want to be paying on a stove that we’re not even going to keep because we have to provide our own stove. With all the massive problems this trailer has proven to have, we’re not going to stay here another year. This place just needs too much work and we’re not going to be doing it for a place we’re renting. We’ll see where it all ends. Our lease is up in July, so we’ll have an opportunity to figure out what we’re doing, but for the time being, we’ve got to try and figure out the cooking situation.
One way or another, we’re figuring it out. I’m just glad we’re not completely out of options, and we’ll hopefully be having a bigger income soon. Now we’ve just got to take a deep breath, let go of the old, bring in the new.