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Winter sun setting behind the hillWe came home from a day in the big city Wednesday dragging our feet, worn out from shuttling between web clients and my family.  All I wanted was an easy, fast supper, which generally equates to pesto pasta with veggies and a fried egg on the side.

Imagine my dismay to open up the freezer and discover it was...frozen.  The gasket on our secondhand freezer has never been the best, and water does slip in now and then, but somehow in the most recent deluge gallons of water made its way into the body of the freezer.  A solid third of the produce was suspended in a block of ice.  All of the tomatoes, corn, and --- yup, you got it --- pesto, was locked away out of reach.

Frozen freezerI have to admit that I dissolved into a little mass of cold, hungry, overwrought agony.  (Going to town will do this to me --- the primary reason I stay in the woods as much as possible.)  I chipped away at the ice floe with hammer and screw driver, only succeeding in moving things around enough that I couldn't get the lid closed.  By the time I'd chipped away enough to be able to close the lid, I knew there was no way we were having pesto for supper.

We didn't starve.  I found a box of mac and cheese at the back of a shelf and fixed it along with green beans (which were luckily at the unfrozen end of the freezer.)  Then I threw a tarp over the big freezer so that the problem won't get any worse, but there's no way I'm going to try to disinter the food from the ice in this weather.  (It was 0.5 F when I woke up this morning!)  On the next sunny day, I hope to be able to solve my freezer problem.  But for now --- the freezer is frozen.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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