James Freyr wrote: I joke with my wife that if she goes first, I'll never remarry, and will build a cabin in the woods in the mountains of Idaho
John F Dean wrote:Hi Janet,
To shape your comment a little, I suspect they have not given enough thought to know what to expect when it comes to considering the impact on all aspects of their lives.
John F Dean wrote:To explain my observation a little. I was born in one of the largest cities in the country. At some point in my childhood we lived on acreage. I have also lived in all points in between. When my wife and I initially made the decision to homestead, we came up with a simple formula that has worked for us. I want to live within an hour of a community with an adequate hospital and a selection of stores ...normally a community of 10,000 or so does this. I also want to live within a day trip of a large city. Currently I am 120 miles from St.Louis. I find it a little odd now that I havent been to StLouis in over 3 years now. But 3 years ago, my wife had a serious injury, and it was nice to have access to high quality care. The formula has worked for us.
Janet Reed wrote:I grew up in the county I live in. My husband is 4 th generation and I am 3 generations here. 1500 sq mile county with 7500 people. We live on 150 acres. It’s quiet. We’ve been other places but we moved back. I’ve watched many many people come and go from the land.
What I find amazing is that people move here and have the intent of living in the “country” without really being prepared for what that means. There are few services here. We’d be real lucky to get a deputy in 30 minutes and a fire truck in an hour. We plow snow. We maintain a well. we weld, we carpenter, we mechanic, we garden, we grade our road and usually if we get hurt we drive ourselves to the county hospital.
I don’t think I’ve ever been lonely here in all these years. My husband and I grew to this life from childhood. We were prepared. Even when he worked away for years it was never lonely. We are busy all the time just living this life.
This is no criticism of anyone but I think that many people who move to the country expect too much.