Good blog. Thought provoking. Timely.
I had a dream of doing this back around 1980. Then... I got married.
Before getting married, I had gone and spent half a week at the "Mother Earth News Eco-Village" in North Carolina.
I bought books. Took classes. Learned homesteading skills.
Somehow, after marriage, I ended up living in Los Angeles. When I first moved in, I had 3 rabbits, six chickens, a flourishing deep-bed garden. I planted eight fruit trees. (I live in a nice neighborhood, so people jokingly called me "the Beverly Hillbilly). I used to maintain my own car.
Somehow, it all got derailed. My wife's mother, living with us, had the trees chopped down. My prefered lifestyle was an embarrassment to her family. They liked glitter, I reminded them of peasants, I suppose. (Shes gone now!
) Then, I got too busy working, serving in the Reserve, and going to college. Children came. Bills. And the dream went by the wayside.
Well... its back! This time, my wife is starting to see the light.
We are living on a budget, but we are out of debt.
I'm looking for rural land. I already own 4 acres in California, but I prefer a place with trees, green grass and plenty of water. And nice neighbors. And no official fire season.
I've made three trips back to the midwest to look at homes/lots. I like Missouri. A vacation home/refuge/retirement home all rolled into one.
Meanwhile, I'm slowly turning back into the suburban farmer.
We're working a community garden, but I also want to develop our own again.
I've been spending money on things that can help us save money in the end. Got a tiller. A folding bicycle to help with the high cost of fuel. Bought a hand-turned "Wonder Washer" for small loads of laundry. Hung a clothes line up in the backyard.
Bought gardening tools. I try not to "go shopping" for entertainment. Got enough gear. (I'm still eyeing a Puma White Hunter Knife though).
I use the library rather than buying books. We cook at home more. I volunteer at some fascinating stuff (Lighthouse, Sailing Ships, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Red Cross, DMAT, State Defense Force) and call that both an education and good entertainment. I'm taking Locksmithing at an Occupational Center for next to nothing. About $45.00 a semester, plus a book and some tools! Think both a backup career and a survival skill. I believe in continual learning, so I take an occasional class at a nearby community college.
We have been without T.V. for about 6 months. Just had the service re-connected, but haven't turn it on yet. I'd like to drop our cell phones now that the kids are in college, but will wait until the contract is up.
And thats the news you can use!
Goodnight from the left coast!