This is not homesteading, is it?
We did reduce our cost of living. We grow our food, make our medicines, produce our fuel and power, and create our own domestic products. Favoring waste helps too. We live on one fifth of what we used to require for living. But we're not yet able to make that 1/5th from our cottage industry, the Holy Scrap Store. We're close!
To make up the difference Mikey's designing control systems for alternative energy companies and I'm writing. We sincerely like this freelance work and we're grateful too, but it takes us away from homesteading. Of course as I say this I realize that my whole life is homesteading: making cheese, wine, collecting grease, making bio fuel, welding busted gates add infinitum. . . it's the big projects that are slipping. The list of things that need to get done here has gone stagnant. Welding projects, laying flagstone, finishing our papercrete dome!
This November our online store will see it's first holiday season. Our fingers are crossed. I sure do miss my overalls! Sitting at my desk with a large screen in front of me reminds me too much of a life of clocks, unnecessary pressures and bad food. But this is the reality of digital homesteading in rural America, at least it is for now.
Posted by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne at Wednesday, October 26, 2011