My son asked me, "what does it mean to want to go back to the old days? Do you really want to go back to horse and buggy?" he asked.
My answer is always yes. No gas, no oil, no car repairs, no costs of new cars/trucks, no insurance, no car tags each year, etc etc.
Yes, the horse will need fed, and the horse poo will need shoveled, but there are new inventive ways today, where horse poo can be used for heating homes.
I'm one of those people who are tired of handing out their hard earned cash, caught up in the hamster wheel of "get paid to pay bills, to back to work again." Hubby is tired of it too.
So...could I possibly convince him to rip out the carpets and put in laminate flooring? It may take several years to do both areas downstairs, but I'm definitely going to try. I'm sure the carpet keeps the floors warmer, but here's my statement, and I'm sticking to it....
~It runs on electric (we have the highest in the county)
~It is constantly needing repairs as it is used daily
~the current vacuum we have needs a new belt. I went to 3 stores to buy belts that are said to be used on our model. Not! After burning up two of the new belts and one not even being tight enough, I had to resort to going on-line and buying one (with shipping costs) for $7.02. You'd think this is no big deal, but with the daily use, and having no other option but on-line buying for parts, it's more bother and cost than a good ol' broom and dust pan.
~ a broom and dust pan cost me nothing but physical work, and we could all use that in our lives.
~with our allergies, the carpet is a magnet for allergens and all of us could use a break from it.
~with kids and dogs, and having to haul in wood all winter, it would be easier to clean.
~no costly replacement for new carpet in the future.
~no expenses on carpet shampoo or using an electric carpet cleaner, and we would have more space not having to store it.
~it will be safer to have in the rooms with the wood stove and corn/pellet burner.
~I am constantly saving old sheets and other fabrics, for rag rugs, so rugs would not be a problem if needed, and would not cost me anything but physical work and thread (depending on if I braided them or crocheted them).
The end result - Simplicity.
What will I use to suck down all the spider webs? Ha ha ha!
Maybe I can convince him of one room first, and see how it goes.
.....adding it to the "wish" list.