Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)

A few weekends ago, we had planned to leave for the property on a Friday afternoon. My office had been given time off early Friday for the holiday and we were to leave when I got home. With Michael’s crazy schedule and the fact that our friend had need to cancel going with us, Michael and I decided we had more to do at home rather than on the property. We decided to stay home as well. Continue reading “Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)”

Worries of a Trucker’s Wife

I missed my last Trucker’s Wife Thursday post, so this is a bit delayed.

Michael is still traveling over the road. When I don’t get texts from him, I worry. There are so many things to worry about when your loved ones are traveling without adding 100,000+ pounds to their vehicle. Continue reading “Worries of a Trucker’s Wife”

On the Road Trucker Food

It is very important for both Michael and me, to make sure that Michael eats well on the road. At home, Michael puts vegetables in EVERYTHING! When my daughter was 3 she tried to fire him because he made her eat vegetables.

Traveling for days on end doesn’t lend itself to healthy eating habits. Fast food and truckstop diners do not offer enough variety to keep a person satiated. By the end of his run, all Michael can think about is having a healthy home cooked meal when he gets home. But what can we do in the mean time to offer some healthy alternatives to 7-11 snacks, and Black Bear Diner’s giant fat filled portions?

Not only that, but if Michael spent all of his money eating out while on the road, we would MAYBE break even with his paycheck. Sometimes he isn’t able to stop where there is food available at all. We need to give him as many options from home as we can. Luckily he has a fridge in his truck. He loads his ice chest to keep food cool until the fridge has a chance to run cold.

Things he packs for the road.

  1. My homemade bread – 1 loaf
  2. Salami and cheese
  3. Store bought salads – such as veggie crunch, kale and mango, etc.
  4. Pudding cups
  5. Fresh fruit
  6. Jerky
  7. Gatorade/Powerade (sugar free)
  8. 4 liters of water
  9. Unsweetened tea
  10. Granola bars
  11. Naked Smoothies – several varieties.

He is usually only gone for 5 days at a time. In that, I am lucky. But making sure he has these things to take with him, helps to keep him healthy while on the road.

Can you think of anything else we could add that is travel convenient? What sorts of things does your trucker take with him/her? Let me know in the comments below.

Trucker’s Crazy Routine

In a previous post I talked about how to survive as a trucker’s wife. One of the ways was to learn more about life as a trucker. I found this post called 8 Facts About the Truck Driver Way of Life

Once again, the list, and my personal take on it. My thoughts might not match other trucker’s experiences. Continue reading “Trucker’s Crazy Routine”

Team Driving?

I was talking with a friend the other night. Her and her boyfriend (fiance? common law husband? significant other? What is the correct term these days?) are also truck drivers. They work as a team of owner operators for Swift. They chose that life for several reasons. They hit a rough patch similar to ours. Her boyfriend worked in construction as well, and found it difficult to get steady employment in his profession. They were struggling to cover their bills and she was having a stressful situation at her work. Continue reading “Team Driving?”

Surviving as a Trucker’s Wife

I started this series almost as a joke. As part of a WordPress.com assignment the idea was to start a series of weekly posts. When I asked Michael for some ideas this is how it went: Continue reading “Surviving as a Trucker’s Wife”

Once Again a Trucker’s Wife

When my husband and I first met in 2006, he drove big rig end dumps for a local company. He worked mostly on construction sites creating road and building foundations, industrial sized retaining walls for commercial locations, etc. Anything construction related, he worked it. In fact, there aren’t too many places we can go within 50 miles of home that he didn’t do some type of work. Continue reading “Once Again a Trucker’s Wife”

“It’s like we’re pioneers!”

I don’t deal well with uncertainty. I never really have. Moving towards this homestead lifestyle is opening up a wide world of uncertainties. I find a ball of anxiety forming in the pit of my stomach when I think about all the many things we need to accomplish. Even though we have 5 years to figure things out (honestly, it is our lives so we can take as long as we need), yet still I feel overwhelmed most days. How on earth can we get everything accomplished in time? Where is the money going to come from? What life “necessities” are we going to do without, and what can we not afford to do without? How will we be able to afford the few things we will need to buy once we move? Continue reading ““It’s like we’re pioneers!””

Who I am and why I’m here…

Nysia WebsiteI know I have been posting for a bit, but thought I might introduce myself for realsy.

Hi I’m Nysia. Pronounced Nee-sha. 😉

I am 100% Dutch American. Both my parents were from Holland, but they met and married here in the US. So maybe I should say I am American Dutch?

I am a mother of 6 children, all but one who are grown adults running their own lives. My youngest is in Jr. High with (now) 5 years till graduation. I work full time in a 9-5 job, and have been backyard homesteading with my family for about 6 years now. Continue reading “Who I am and why I’m here…”