Wednesday, March 9, 2016

They Don't Deliver Pizza to My House

It feels like we live way out because our road is so crazy (gravel, curvy, steep and slick) and the houses are few and far between.  But it isn't all that far to get into town - a bit of a drive, but not bad.  They certainly don't deliver pizza to our house though (which is fine, since I don't even like pizza, and have perfected a pizza made from scratch for the boys).
Town is far enough that we try to keep plenty of supplies (food, medical, etc.) on hand because a trip to town does involve time and gas money.  It was really awful when gas was so expensive - between Paul and I we were spending about $500 a month on fuel for our jobs and the boys' recreational activities (thankfully, these days we're only spending around $120 a month between the two of us).  We were so thankful when the prices dropped off.

Recently after one of the snow/ice events last month the boys and I were standing outside waiting for the bus for ages.  Finally, a fleet of SUVs pulled up.  Turns out VDOT hadn't adequately scraped the road (not to mention there was a tree down across part of it), and the bus got stuck at the end.  I asked the SUV drivers for their school department of transportation ID cards before loading the boys up to head to school.  The school division must have called VDOT to complain about the state of things, because shortly thereafter the road was plowed four times. 

So part of embracing the rural life is sometimes being stuck in place, waiting patiently for someone to remember to plow our road.  Or turn on our power after a two day outage (also last month).  Hiking up a carload of groceries to the house because our driveway is undriveable from snow and ice.  And being able to make a mean pizza by scratch when cravings strike.  But you know me.  I wouldn't have it any other way!

Readers, what are the inconveniences where you live?

23 comments:

Sandra Morris said...

I can relate :)
We get snowed in and are one of the last roads to be plowed after a snow storm.
Part of country living :)

Kerri Farley said...

That pizza looks yummy!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I think that we are technically in the delivery range but I don't know if they would down our driveway in some of the delivery cars I have seen. Like you, we make our own but they taste different because we don't end up with as much grease as store bought. One of my big projects each year is to raise enough paste tomatoes to make a batch of pizza sauce which gets canned in pints. When I grew up, a pizza was something that people ate and talked about on TV and they were called pizza pies. We eventually got a frozen one and couldn't understand why everyone liked the stuff. Eventually a pizzeria opened, I always thought the name sounded like a medical disorder probably what happens when you eat too much pizza, but it was good pizza pie.

Bas van Es said...

we komen zo.hou nog even een puntje over.

Steve Surratt said...

I lived on Mason's Knob during the 86/87 snow years. It was awful. I had to park and hike/run with groceries 1.5 miles through deep snow with groceries and baby supplies. I vowed NEVER to go through that again and I've stuck by my promise.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Since we live in a small town, we don't have a lot of inconveniences. Larry would like to live in a more rural area, but I had enough of that growing up. I would only do that again if we had a whole house generator. We still have to drive to Lunchburg for cat food, major shopping, most medical appointments.

Lin said...

We live in the Chicago suburbs and due to local budget issues, there is no money for the plows to make regular visits down our street either. Which is CRAZY! I mean, city living means having your streets plowed...I would think. Ugh.

Inconveniences??? Traffic. Crime. Neighbors living too close and annoying the bajeepers out of you. But, we have lots of pizza places 2 minutes away.

Sally said...

Your pizza looks better than any I've seen! Oh, as you say there are a lot of things y'all deal with, but living where you love is a beautiful thing! :)

xoxo

PioneerPreppy said...

I used to love the big snow storms that would strand me at home for a day or so. Only way I could assure people would leave me alone sometimes.

We been lucky or unlucky depending on your point of view. No power outtages in years and no real snow storms for a couple years as well. Flooding can sometimes lock us in place when it gets bad though.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That pizza looks delicious! We really don't have many inconveniences where we live but for me personally is the fact that we live at the top of a hill and each way is down which makes it impossible for me, with my COPD, to go out for a walk :(

Texan said...

I agree, I wouldnt have it any other way! I love living rural. I would live even more rural but don't think honeyman could take it ROFL. :O)

Out on the prairie said...

I can get it from one place, but not out on the farm.I make one that I never measure anything.

Michelle said...

Hey, no pizza delivery for us either. My husband grew up out in the country, quite far out actually. He didn't indulge in a delivered pizza until he left home for the Army.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

No deliverys for us either..
Your home made pizza looks soo good.
love
tweedles

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

Your pizza looks better than delivery!
We live close to pretty much every store and chain restaurant that you can imagine and only 30 minutes from the city, so I'm used to convenience. That being said, a lot of people are starting to use our road as an alternate route, so traffic has increased so much near our house. We're starting to discuss moving!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Yes living in the country and a bit isolated is not for the faint of heart. Our road is a mess too. I cannot believe you do not like pizza:) Yours looks delicious. You think your gas is expensive you should be buying ours:) HUGS B

Annette said...

How funny! Yes, you certainly don't mind a few "bumps in the road," or in your case, an "unplowed" road or a little longer drive into town. Thank goodness the cost of gas has gone down! Our one inconvenience is that we live on a mountain. It can be rain at the bottom of our hill but snow at our house, which makes for some slick driving conditions. (We get forgotten about too because the roads are fine everywhere else.) Other than that, we love our home too. I've now been living here for 37 years! The only time I moved away was to go to college :)

Karen Ann said...

Just this past year we finally got not one but TWO pizza places that are willing to deliver to us. Now here's the thing... even though we live on a 43 acre farm and many say we "live in the country".. we actually live very close to a lot of things and one of those two pizza joints is just 1 mile up the road. Also, our "town".. although it is a small one (no grocery store) is within walking distance of our farm. There is a pharmacy and a bank and even Dunkin Donuts and Subway, besides two local restaurants and a pizza parlor, a hair salon, a vet, a bakery, a bar and feed store. The shoreline is just miles away, so I really can't complain one bit. I give you credit for "roughing it"... but there are advantages to living in the beautiful countryside and also making things (like pizza! ) from scratch.



Michael Manning said...

Putting up with Maserati's at traffic intersections, women who use the same plastic surgeon and blistering temperatures beginning in May,a narrow vertical when it comes to careers. Other than that, we were once ranked the 5th Safest City in the U.S. , have a stellar Police and Fire Department and a lot of resorts.

Linda said...

Our location is so much more convenient than when we lived on the mountain that I cannot complain. Except for the well water... it has sulfur in it and it smells bad! We use filters to make it drinkable but still... somedays the laundry comes out smelly, although it's okay after I dry it.

mail4rosey said...

Is it pesto instead of red sauce? It looks really tasty. When we lived in the country we had some of the same inconveniences. I didn't mind many of them, but winter driving to get to town could be downright scary.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

That's a great-looking pizza. They do deliver to my house but I don't eat pizza

alissa apel said...

It seems like we have construction by our house always. It's there, they take it away, then it's back again. I wish in some ways they'd leave it. Then I'd know to expect delays always.