Living like it’s 1994!

Any other children of the 80s out there? Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s was actually a really nice experience, for the most part. As a country, it felt like we’d gotten a second wind–another chance to be a good country instead of just a great one. But something really awesome and fantastic and earth shaking happened in 1994 that changed my life completely. Any guesses? No, it wasn’t that Nancy Kerrigan was attacked, although that did show up on my radar because I was such a fan of figure skating. It wasn’t O.J. Simpson, Newt Gingrich, or Nelson Mandela. It wasn’t even that we sent troops to the Persian Gulf.

My family moved to Safe Haven Farm. I was 11 years old, and it was my dream come true–a big old house in the country where I could have a dog and a cat and pretend to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’ve found myself thinking about our first few years in the country frequently in the last week. Come Labor Day, we’ll celebrate 21 years out here. In January, the house celebrated its centennial anniversary. But this week, those first few years out here have been on my mind because back then we didn’t have air conditioning–just like this week. Yes, the air conditioning at Safe Haven Farm went out (again) at the beginning of the week, and the earliest someone could get here to fix it was today. Earlier, the air conditioner went out because a nest of ants had taken up residence somewhere in the system. This time, we weren’t sure what the problem could be. 0605151223Fortunately, as I posted earlier, we had recently purchased some new portable a/c units. But my parents are tough and didn’t want to disrupt my working environment, so they were just suffering through the heat on the first floor. I got home one night, and it was nearly 90 degrees in the house. 90 degrees! So Dad and I carried the unit from my office down, and it made the front of the house livable. But the whole situation made me think about living in this crazy place without air conditioning. We made it for about three years, I think. We’d go down to the basement and lay on the cement floors, or we’d load up into the car and drive into Hutchinson to get cold drinks and crank the AC in the car up all the way. Summers in 1994 were really simple. We didn’t have school work, and we weren’t majorly plugged into any ministries at church. We had the farm. We had puppies and kittens and chickens, and we were learning what it meant to live in the country. And we were always hot, so it didn’t even matter what the temperature was outside. So the air conditioning being off hasn’t bothered me too much. Granted, I could go upstairs to get cool whenever I wanted to, but it’s been kind of nice to remember what it was like when we first moved out here. But I won’t be complaining when it’s fixed either …

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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  1. We loved having your family living in that house.

  2. Hey there, FYI . On my iPad the caption under your house is showing up as “the ginger, me and the nomad” ????

    I remember asking Andy back in 1994…wow, what does it feel like living in the country, all primitive with chickens and no air conditioning (I was looking for a little house on the prarie-ish answer) And he said ‘actually it mostly feels very hot’. Lol



  3. Yeah, people always think the life of “Laura Ingalls Wilder” sounds so great (when they read the books) until they actual try living like that – no A/C, simple wood heat in one room, etc. etc Kind of takes the glamour out of it. LOL But at least you realize it is very doable, and in the country you never know when the power will be out for several days and you have to revert back to the “old ways”.

    1. That’s so true! I know I’m thankful to know how to survive if I ever need to!

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