This is one of those posts I've been waiting to write since I decided to start up this blog! I've kicked around idea after idea in my head. I've come up with literally DOZENS of things I could include on this list! So, here is what I've narrowed it down to.
- A great pair of rubber boots- A great pair of boots is worth it's weight in gold! However, I do currently live in the middle of HELL and they rarely ever get worn any more, which is why I just bought a set of cheapies from Wally-World. But at home, I have the best pair ever ( I'm not sure if I can include a brand name in a post yet or not), the high dollar ones, with the neoprene tops the roll down... I hope someone knows what I'm talking about! OH! And for the record, I've had these high dollar boots since I was a SOPHMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL as in 13 years and they're still in great shape. Although, now that I've seen them in pink and purple, I may have to get a new pair soon!
- Buckets- I honestly don't believe you can ever have too many buckets. I don't care it's a gallon or 5 gallon, I can make use of them all. I'm not even kidding when I say I literally have over 50 of them around here, and I think all but 4 of them are currently in use! Hauling feed, hauling water in the winter when I can't use my auto-waterer, carrying pieces and parts to jobs, hauling dirt, taking things out to compost, the list goes on and on. OH! Plus, I found these bucket caddies that are covered in pockets but still let you fill the bucket with things. I love this thing! I use it to carry all of my garden tools!
- Knife- No, this is not a joke. The one I prefer you can get at the big box stores and it holds a razor blade instead of having a blade that needs sharpened. Cutting strings on straw bales, cutting open bags of saw dust bedding, or bags of feed. Having a good knife with a sharp blade, and keeping it on you is always a great idea. Believe it or not, since mine has a clip on it, I tend to clip it into the top of my boots then I never have to worry about it.
- Flashlight- It never fails. If something is going to go wrong, it will go wrong at the worst possible times. It'll either be 20 below outside or it'll be in the middle of the night. If it does happen in the middle of the night, at least have a great flashlight to take with you. This doesn't mean one of the dollar ones from the dollar store either. This means a good, bright, reliable one. Believe me it'll be worth the money you have to spend on it in the beginning. Trust me, when it's 2am and all the sudden you hear a pig screaming in the middle of the night (for no damn reason either) and you throw on your boots with you pajamas and go flying out the door like a crazy lady, you're going to be happy that light turns on and stays on.
- Patience- I know, I know I went all cliché there didn't I. In this case though, I'm serious. Everything I've done has had a learning curve. Something are harder for me to do than for Mr. Smivie to do. I can't carry as much as he can, sometimes the wheelbarrow is hard to handle, sometimes it takes me a second longer to figure out the easier way for me to do something. It is what it is, and I know that, and there's nothing wrong with that. I use to get PISSED when Mr. Smivie would take something from me and do it for me. He'd see me struggling, take it and finish it for me. I'd be lying if I said that I don't still get irritated, but I know he means well. I'm far from weak, there are things I can do that he can't, and sometimes I have to remind myself of that.
Some of my other favorite things: a great pair of gloves, sturdy jeans, my yard cart/wagon, an awesome apron, a sewing machine (and knowing how to use it), my crock pot (holy crap that thing is amazing), a stand mixer, a paintball gun (trust me here), spend the money and get good garden tools, the list is endless. How about you? What are some things you can't live with out? Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments below!