Half-Pint Homestead
Tiny House of Dreams....................

I never would have believed I would be happy living in town again.  
I went from a 7 acre homestead with everything from Jersey milk
cows and Shetland sheep to a small cottage only two blocks from
the town square, with a stop off-grid in the woods in between.  Yet,
I am determined to be as self reliant as possible. I believe it is
thinking small that will save our world.

After nearly two years of living off grid in the woods, I came to the
conclusion that it is definitely not an energy efficient or
sustainable way to live.  Everything had to be brought in and I was
completely dependent on a truck that worked and enough money
to fill its tank with fuel.  Having my vehicle break down would have
been a disaster.  As I watched fuel prices begin to rise after New
Years and listened to predictions of 5 dollars a gallon by summer, I
came to realize that I was more dependent out there than I would
be in town.

So I began my search for a new home and WeeHavyn came into my
life.  She is a 488 square foot older cottage that was newly moved
to a three lot property.  I get the charm of an old house with the
advantages of new foundation, wiring, and plumbing.  The price
was right and I belong to her now.  She has given me
independence from my vehicle, a snug home, and the means to
pursue many of my dreams.  I no longer work just to put fuel in the
truck.

My dream is to take all of the things I learned from the farm and
apply them to urban life.  I still want to be self reliant.  I still want
fresh eggs, vegetables, milk, and cheese.  I just need to learn to do
it on a much smaller scale.  My time out in the woods made me
realize that living sustainably does not mean carving a homestead
out of the little wilderness left to us.  Rather, it is living within your
means wherever you are.

                              Grow where you are planted!
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