Emile Spore wrote:
So one day I plant to make my house smack in between a giant stack of hay and a barn bottom floor full of cows in the cold part of the winter!
Erica Wisner wrote:
I'm always puzzled when I hear someone say, "Sure, I have this nice warm place I hang out during the day, but then I go back to my freezing hovel at night."
It has to do with individual perceptions and priorities. I talk about my adventures and misadventures and the things I've learned. I live in a log cabin that many would shake their heads at, while simultanously, many are envious of. There are kinks and problems that I am working out slowly, as money and energy allow for but.....
This is a bit of a rant, because I've never before expressed how I feel about some of the comments I've put up with, first time I've tried to put it into words. so here goes: I live EXACTLY where I want to. I CHOSE where I live. Most people don't. Many people are victims of circumstance when it comes to where they live at. I am doing something that most will never get a chance to do. I AM living my dream... complete with some nightmares thrown in to keep my sense of humor and appreciation for the good times going.
I certainly don't consider my cabin a hovel. I anticipated that it would come with challenges. That's the price I pay for living in paradise. There are times it gets discouraging... ya know what? I hear the same from people who live more traditional lifestyles.
I used to pity people who lived in apartments, in suburbia, where one dwelling is on top of another or next to another. Then I realized that... while I'm totally disgusted with what I see there and it's not anywhere I'd like to live, most love that lifestyle. Guess it's a live and let live thing.....
I have had many people ask me why I live where I do. Some I answer. Some I don't because I find that question offensive and none of their business. Through the last few years, I've also had several people tell me "You know, you should move to town". "That's crazy living where you live!". "I would move" and you know what? They are right, they should move, they should stay in town... because that's right for them. But I have real problems with people who judge and try to put their standards, their ideals of the way to live on other people. Life's simply too short to have to justify why I do things the way I do to everyone who comes along. It's my life and I'll live the best I can to the way I want to. If I wanted to live someone else's life, I would, but I don't. I can't understand why people think that I should, or why they find my lifestyle offensive, threatening or upsetting....or even that it bothers them at all.
Hat's off to your Grandmother! Sounds like an independant thinker, making her own choices about her life. Maybe that cold bedroom was the price she paid for paradise? There is no "one size fits all" lifestyle. There are just too many individual priorities and individual perceptions.
Having said that... if I won the lottery tomorrow... I'd soon be living in a new home... built right next to my cabin.