Esther Emery wrote:
Also relevant ... is that my nearest neighbor (1/3 of a mile away from me, we're all 40 minutes out of town) is 81 and female and has lived alone in her cabin since her kids were grown. She knows a lot of people and has visitors all the time, including us. But she runs her own life. And I love her for it.
Sairuh Tonin wrote:I don't really have much to add here, as I'm not really a homesteader myself, just a hopeful. I watch a lot of YouTubes made by people living the dream but most of them are traditional nuclear families. I've found one woman that I really admire- Arky, from the Crystal Cottage Off Grid channel. She's doing it all herself (well, some help from friends, but most of it is her)- cob building, cutting and splitting firewood, growing food, the whole nine. I'm not affiliated with her in any way, I just watch her videos. I find it inspiring (and that word is really overused but, in this case, accurate) to see someone I can identify with doing what I someday hope to do.
Cristo Balete wrote: So, yes, after an 8 or 10 hour day there's still chores to be done, even if it's dark, even if it's storming out, even if it's freezing, even if you're tired, you know you have to get out there and do it, or it will get worse and take up even more time, and possibly money.
Carol Chung wrote:Is it possible for women to homestead ALONE?
I'm 38. Living in nature and being self-sufficient has always been my dream. But I have a few worries. One of them has to do with the safety of living alone in the rural areas. Because I have heard stories of single women getting robbed (even though she was living very close to neighbours). And it seems it's not uncommon to hear about burglaries in the countryside, in both developed and developing countries. I'm worried.
Tyler Ludens wrote:A To me that seems superhuman.
Cristo Balete wrote:Tyler, the big family concept works in a rural place, all the kids have chores. The most mature and capable kids I know grew up on farms or in rural places, can drive when young, know how to be careful running big equipment or chainsaws or do engine maintenance, get a vehicle out of the mud, take care of animals. They work alongside their parents, there's a good bond there, they appreciate and respect a competent parent, and they want to be appreciated for being good at things too. They grow up to be competent adults, even if they don't stay rural.
Without kids, at the very least it's weekends. I haven't been away from my place for more than 3 days at a time. It makes me nervous, but I really don't want to be away from it anyway. You've got to love it that much