Friday, October 13, 2017


The smell of propane was in the air when the oven was turned on. And sometimes when it was not. This led Mama to wonder if the tank was nearly empty. A quick check revealed the truth. The needle was in the black line below the 5. With a prayer that the four pies for market would still bake before the supply of propane was totally gone, the outage was reported to the "man in charge". 
The pies did get baked! PTL
He made an immediate call to Southern States requesting a refill. They assured him they would tend to the matter. But when? The family used no more propane. No cooking with the range. No baking. The crock pots and electric griddle were put to good use. Then the outdoor cook stove was remembered. It made life easier.
Getting green beans ready for the freezer

Cooking beets and frying burger
For three days the family lived a makeshift lifestyle. Sponge baths and smell good showers (powder, deodorant, etc) were getting tiresome. When the propane tank was refilled a few days later, everyone (except boys who haven't learned to love such things) was ready for a good hot shower. 

Sometimes a gas water heater isn't handy. But only when people are forgetful and don't keep tabs on the level of propane in the tank. Or when the wind blows out the fire that heats the water. That actually happened a few times on very windy days.

Do you enjoy occasional makeshift situations?

Do they stress you? 

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Philippians 4:11

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