respite from all of this bullshit.
Here, now, is 25ac in the foothills with a sweet dog, some chickens &
neighbors that are good people and far enough away that I can't see
'em coming or going and they can't see me. I draw my water from a well
and put my shit in a septic tank and carry my trash into town to dump
it when I fell like it or I run out of cans.
I bought a small tractor and my wife'll tell you "He makes the earth
move." We planted a garden and grew our own veggies - though the corn
didn't do well at all this year. We had some cherries and grapes and
humongous squash and still have some peppers and tomatoes. Joe and
Shirley have some great blueberries and we share tomatoes and eggs and
such - and recipes.
I took an old dirt floor pole barn and turned it into an 18.5 x 32'
shop and spend my time working in and on it along with the other
little projects that demand attention. We reused all the siding from
the original barn over stud walls sheathed in OSB and covered with 30#
felt and Tyvek over that - got a free roll from a construction site!).
Bought rough sawn pine to finish when we ran out of the old siding.
Wanted it to look like the old barn 'case the tax assessor came
'round. I've yet to run the 8/3 to it, but did get the 1.25" conduit
in a trench last week so I can have 40AMPS or so of 220 out there.
We have a Lowes, but we have a Shields Hardware hanging on where the
family runs it still and closes Wednesday and Sunday and noon on
Saturday and never stays open past five o'clock. They have most
anything you need on hand at prices competitive or a few pennies
higher and an attitude that Lowes can't match on its best days.
Back in 1975, if you'd asked, I would have said I wanted away from it
all, too. Then I though five acres with a long drive to a house hidden
from view would be fine - now I think fifty acres would be best. Don't
think I ever thought "society" was all it was cracked up to be.
I just cashed my first SS check and can't think of anything I'd rather
be doing than spending my last days here with my dog, my "classical"
music and tools. I have the TV 'till the bargain basement come on deal
($66 for TV, Internet & Unlimited phone) goes to "market rates - then
back to an antenna and a basic "local only" phone.
Maybe I can create a wood working project someone will find worth
auctioning off some day. For now, its mainly utilitarian stuff - a
graden cart, a bird feeder, a chicken coop, dog house, step stool for
the grand daughter, work bench, router table, and such. Going to re-do
the kitchen and bath here one of these days.
Glad I read this post - and the replies thereto. Calm is what I like.
If my back wasn't so touchy, I'd be as close to heaven as I might ever