Our 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 that
small thinking can save the 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 automobiles that worked and enough money to fill
their tanks with fuel. Having even one of the vehicles 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 our 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 vehicles, a snug home, and the means to
pursue many of my dreams. I no longer work just to put fuel in the
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 sufficient. 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.
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