Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Monday, January 11, 2016
Read a book? Ha!
It was my excuse to hunker in for the entire day and do something I do not normally have the time to do - read a book.
Our 16 year-old was up making us all omelets for breakfast, which started our day out great - potatoes, bacon, green peppers, etc. Mmmm.
I picked this book from my large stack of gifted books this past Christmas. By evening, I was still reading it, and eventually finished the entire book.
I have mixed feelings over this book. I write, so I tend to over analyze. I don't want to spoil it, but the woman does not live a continued "off the grid" life in this entire book. She lives that way for about 10 years, and must move due the land owner selling the land. It's a very interesting book on how she relied on other people's junk to make her rented home livable - no running water, no electric, no toilet etc.
In many ways, parts of her way of life reminded me of many of my blog world friend's. I had to laugh when she got fed up with trespassers and went in search of a shot gun to upgrade from a small pistol. Yes, this woman had guts and didn't back down for even drug makers trying to shoot her in her home.
I'll be honest, I think I would have a very difficult time going back to living "on the grid" after all those years off. It starts to cost a great deal of money to live "on" verses "off." Your water and sewer will form a bill, your electric, the cost of a computer, the internet, appliances (and they do break down and need replaced), and so forth.
Have I talked Hubby into going completely "off the grid?" Nope. Not yet.
I looked at my fitbit and told him that I can't read a book all in one day anymore. He laughed. I told him shockingly, my steps amounted to just over 2,000 yesterday. Ha ha ha! It was a well worth break from busyness.