Horse and Carriage Needed (and the article about us)

This may be God’s way of telling us to stop driving all over the state.  To get back home and get our chores done and eat dinner at the dining room table.  Kindly stop gallivanting all over the place!  When the truck in the driveway with 300,000 miles is our most reliable vehicle (the old one and the new one we got off Craigslist with our income tax refund are in the shop), there is a definite possibility that we need to learn to stay put!

IMG_1575

This is where it would be nice to live in the city.  Did I just say that?  A nice homesteading friendly city.  Hop on a bike, walk, take a bus, only drive to farmer’s markets.  We would save so much money, only need one car, and be in better shape.

A friend of the kids used to say when driving out here to get them mimicking the highway sign, “End of the Earth 8 miles, Kiowa 7 more miles”.  There will be no bike riding or walking up the extremely hilly highway to town seven miles.  I would guess it would be mighty dangerous taking a horse and carriage up that route as well.

This is just fueling (this part scares Doug) my anti-electronics and anti-automotive feelings.  Get me a bike and a few extra oil lamps Papa, we’re goin’ Amish.

IMG_1585

These are the times that I need to remind myself why we do what we do.  We work from home so that we can get things done around the homestead while working, and be conveniently located to the swing under the tree for breaks.  We work together so we can spend more time together and enjoy visitors and friends to our house at any time.  We can walk to the library, bank, post office, and can get ice cream at the gas station if in dire need.  We can walk to the bar if  in even direr need.  We can lounge in our back yard with our chickens and goats reading a farming book at two in the afternoon and enjoy the warmest part of the day before taking the clothes off the line, and getting ready to make supper.  We are living the good life.  The good life for us means we cannot afford a reliable vehicle but why do I need to drive that much if I have all this?

DSCN0618

The Huffington Post did an article on us yesterday. I have it posted here.  We are thrilled that we may be able to inspire other folks to abandon their cubicle and head out bravely into this beautiful world and do what they want!  It just means I won’t be driving a new, luxurious truck anytime soon, but that’s okay.  My old one works just fine.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/09/katie-sanders-letting-go_n_5106816.html

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Cheryl Riggs says:

    Hi Katie, Nice article! Where is the paper from? I am not familiar with the Huffington Post.

    Cheryl Cheryl Riggs dragonfly_58@outlook.com Blackstone Test & Balance, Inc.

    Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:38:57 +0000 To: dragonfly_58@outlook.com

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you! They are based out of New York, I believe. It is a national online publication.

  2. Margaret says:

    Just found you through the huffington post article. Good for you guys! My hubby and I working hard to get us out of debt and my dream is to move somewhere rural and homestead. We live just outside of Chicago and we are trying to live as minimally as possible. We at least have an acre lot so we do grow our own veggie gardens and have chickens. But I hate living in such a upscale area where all people care about is what kind of house and car you have. I used to think that was what I wanted, but have realized over the last couple of years that I want nothing to do with it.

    I love inspirational stories like yours and am so happy you shared a little bit of it! Thank you!

    Margaret @ Live Like No One Else

    1. Farmgirl says:

      That is wonderful to hear! We will all be learning homesteading and the simple life our entire lives and it certainly is a great way to live and learn, isn’t it?

  3. mkukuc says:

    Just found you through the huffington post article. What a great article. This is the direction that we are heading. We live right outside of Chicago on a 1 acre lot. We do have our own garden and chickens, but I dream of moving somewhere more rural and homesteading. We are on a path to become debt free and live a simpler more natural life. I love your article. Thank you for writing it and the inspiration!!

    Margaret @ Live Like No One Else

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s