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I never intended to take such a long break from my blog, but I’m ready to come back now. I wasn’t in a writing mood for a long time, after some financial setbacks, but even though we aren’t completely out of the woods, we have at least found the path, and I’m ready to pick back up where I left off!
Well, not exactly where I left off. First off all, we’ve moved to a new house! Our new house truly is on the prairie. This is the view from my front yard:
Not only are we in a new house out in the country, but we’ve left the Little Town on the Prairie behind. We’re near a much MUCH smaller town now. The new little town boasts a library, post office, lumber yard, and gas station/convenience store. And that’s it.
Not only are we near a much smaller town, but we’re in a much smaller house! Our old house was roughly 1200 square feet. If I had to guess, I’d say this is about 600 square feet. And I love it. We’ve put a lot of work into it, and it’s getting cuter and cuter every day. Some day soon I plan to give you all a tour of it.
And of course, the Little Kids on the Prairie are getting bigger and smarter every day. Wesley just had his fifth birthday and is playing t-ball this year, and Alice is almost three and obsessed with pretty dresses.
Although I’m still passionate about green issues, that’s not going to be my main focus of the blog. (Not that it has been for a while now!) I’m going to keep talking about green issues, but I’ll probably focus more on frugal living and life in the country. I’ll probably blab on and on about our huge garden, because I’m so very proud of it. We ate green beans out of it last night! It was our first garden produce of the year, so it was really exciting.
So I’m very glad to be back, and I’d love to hear from any of you!
Although I am decorating my house and trying to make myself “love the one I got,” I still dream of one day owning my very own little house. I’ve been drooling over various pictures of cob houses that I’ve spotted all over the Internet and thought I’d share them with you here.
Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, water, earth, and straw, mashed up together to make a little loaf for building, which are then put together and used sort of like bricks. It’s also generally covered with plaster. It was a very common building material in England in the 1800s, and is somewhat similar to adobe.
And of course…talk about eco friendly! Seriously, what could be better than building with plain ol’ dirt?
Note: If you spot your own picture here and would like credit for it, please leave a comment for me and I’ll be sure to give you credit. I’ve been swiping these from the ‘net for almost a year now and have lost track!
My blog gets several hits each day from people searching for information on small houses. In fact, this has surpassed ‘making butter’ as the top search term that leads people to my page.
It looks like I’m just jumping on another trend here, the trend of downsizing. I’m certainly in good company. It seems that with the current economy, with people losing their homes left and right, and paying out the ear for gas and milk, that people just can’t afford that McMansion in the suburb, and even if they can afford it, they are done with it. They are done with the old American Dream of a hefty mortgage payment to pay for that four bedroom home with the postage-sized yard and wall-length television set.
No, the new American Dream is owning your own home-actually OWNING your own home- rather than paying the bank to let you live there.
Ryan and I have been talking every single day since we came up with the idea about our small house. We talk about exactly what we want: a small private bedroom for us, big enough for a king-sized bed; a small kitchen with a large pantry; enough room for a washer and dryer. But mostly what we talk about is the land we want to build it on. We want about five acres, preferably with water already nearby. We want trees, and maybe even a little creek. We’d like it to be near town, but secluded enough to feel private.
Obviously, this isn’t going to happen over night. It could be years off down the road, but I truly hope not.
Some people have expressed concern about how we’ll manage living in a such a small house. What will we do? My answer is, “Whatever we want.” With a smaller mortgage payment, we’ll be able to afford to go places, so we won’t have to stay at our house all the time. We’ll play outside more. Of course, I don’t think it will be difficult to manage. Our current house may be 1200 square feet, but the four of us can generally all be found in our 10 x 12 third bedroom, which we use as a family room.
Our first step towards this move is a garage sale. As soon as the weather cooperates, we’re having a massive garage sale to get rid of a ton of stuff. We currently have a garage so full that we can barely pull our car into it, and a master bedroom that has so many outgrown baby items stacked around it that there is just a path from the door to the bed.
After that…well, I suppose we’ll see what comes next!