Monday, December 21, 2015

IT'S LIKE TETRIS

2nd Man is constantly amazed at how I can fit so much stuff into our vehicles.  Case in point Saturday.  In light of our pending move, I transported a bunch of the plants (the largest ones) from in town out to the farm.



Here is the back end of the Jeep when I got it loaded. 


All of this came out of the vehicle.  Ten large plants in pots, four fruit trees and about two dozen more of the river rocks we've been taking out there. 


This is what it looked like after I got it all emptied out.  You have to learn how to maximize space for that very reason.  I always tell 2nd Man that it's just like the game Tetris...you have to put the items in just right, turning them until they fit!




However, we definitely foresee a farm truck in our future.  Something used of course, something that we can throw 14 plants and two dozen rocks into the back end of and not have to worry about cleaning it out afterwords, ha.  It won't be the first thing we get but it IS moving further up the list.  I only work about 3 miles from the house in town and 2nd Man is about 10 miles.  We have the small car for good gas mileage and the SUV for moving/hauling stuff (and people) around.  However, we do need a truck at the farm, a truck that stays there until we need to go pick up stuff...large stuff, dirty stuff, messy stuff, tall stuff, heavy stuff.  

Anyone have a truck just they use just for that? 


27 comments:

laurie said...

its amazing what you got in there!!!

donna baker said...

I drive a truck and wouldn't be able to make it without one. Always hauling stuff in the back. We have farm trucks, but I have a Ford Lariat 150 4x4 with a full backseat so I can haul grandkids too.

Practical Parsimony said...

I wish I did have a good, old Dodge truck. I, also, am a master at loading trunks to maximize the area.

Elephant's Child said...

Good packing is an underrated talent.

Margaret said...

We don't have a truck, but we do have a utility trailer and it was by far one of the most useful purchases that we made - it's 8'x4' and we use it for everything from hauling furniture and lumber to getting mulch and compost from the municipality. Couldn't live without it now!

Delores said...

You have great organizational skills.

anne marie in philly said...

DAMN!

Carla said...

When I moved to Texas I got a truck to level the driving field with the highway maniacs. Ive had it for 10 years now. It is so handy BUT I miss a backseat. It's my only vehicle. I don't live in Texas anymore but I love my Texas truck.

Texas Rose said...

Makes me think of Mary Poppins' bag and all the things she kept pulling out of it! :)

Anne in the kitchen said...

We bought an old used truck for the lake. It has been a godsend for hauling debris or fill material in. And cleanup is either a quick sweep with the broom or a skeet with the hose. Either way it is fantastic!

Colleen said...

It's all the packing and the layering.
Hubby is always amazed how much stuff I can pack n a box.

I wanted to mention, if anyone is interested; For the first time in 38 years, we’ll see a full “Yuletide” Moon on Christmas Day.

José Gamboa said...

Hello from Portugal. I started the same adventure to move to a farm 7 years ago. Yeat alone, but someone will join me in the future.
facebook: horta de sao bruno

Anonymous said...

i do, i do. i have kept a 2002 chrysler town & country van just for that, and call it my farm truck. i got the van new, because my mom used a wheelchair then, and i could take her out in it, in the wheelchair. my brother had made ramps to get his riding mower in and out of his pickup, and the ramps worked fine for getting my mom in and out of the van safely. she couldn't see as well from it as if we'd had a real handicap-accessible van, but it otherwise worked perfectly for us. it has 130,000 or so miles on it, needs a new exhaust just now, and the driver's window doesn't work right, but i've kept it for exactly what you've mentioned, hauling plants, yard waste and other farm stuff, antique and flea market finds, moving furniture, etc. --suz in ohio

1st Man said...

Ha, thanks. It was a puzzle for sure.

1st Man said...

I had a 'pretend truck' once (a Ford Ranger, LOL) but I'd love something bigger now. No grandkids to haul but I'm always filling up the back seat with some cool find, ha. .

1st Man said...

It's an art isn't it? Ha. Dodge is reliable for sure.

1st Man said...

LOL, thank you. It is definitely a worthwhile ability. :-)

1st Man said...

Hmm, I never thought about a utility trailer. Our Jeep has a hitch and can haul heavy loads....hmm....thanks for that suggestion.

1st Man said...

Ha, thanks!!!

1st Man said...

LOL!!!!!!! Will fit! Will fit!

1st Man said...

Yes, if you don't have a truck here, you are definitely in the minority. Heck, if you don't have a truck or SUV you're in the minority. "Texas truck", love it!

1st Man said...

Ha, 2nd Man would love that reference....he loves all those old movies (Sound of Music was a must see the other night, though I didn't like the sing along words at the bottom of the screen).

1st Man said...

We'd definitely get something used. Thanks for the validation. That's what I was hoping for, something to haul clean AND dirty stuff and not have to worry. Or at the worst, a hose down.

1st Man said...

YES! Boxes, I LOVE packing large boxes. I was just putting stuff in boxes for our move and I love thinking about it and figuring out how to make things fit and finding something that just fits perfectly.

Yuletide Moon, awesome!! thanks!

1st Man said...

Well hello! And thanks for stopping by!!! How exciting that you are on that journey. I hope things go well for you. I will look for you on Facebook, and hope you'll stop back by and visit!

1st Man said...

Hmm, that's a great idea. I never thought about a minivan like that. I do like to find garage sale stuff, big furniture on occasion. And it's protected in case you are in a downpour rain, ha. Thanks of that!!! I will put that on the list when the time comes. Awesome!!

Practical Parsimony said...

That was called Sound of Music Singalong. I was not going to watch it until exbf mentioned he was watching SOM. Who knew it was a movie withwords? I checked it out and saw it just had the words at the bottom of the screen. Who does not know those words? verrrry distracting