Homesteaders Life – The Reality of Living on a Homestead
The reality of living a homesteader’s life is sinking in today as I walk the dogs. Living off the land, away from crazy neighbors, oh the dream! We scrimped and saved and finally found our little bit of paradise in northern Michigan. We purchased several homesteading and living off the grid books and magazines. We read everyone of them from front to back. Notebooks full of plans and dreams,we want from our property and just the homestead lifestyle. But, the one thing I did not find in those books or magazines – Was…. What happens if one half of your team suffers a life altering injury and illness.
Will you still be able to carry on with your plans and dreams? What will they look like now? Will you be able to keep up with the homestead on your own? What’s next?
I’ll be honest, living on a catamaran in the sea like Gone with the Wynns, sounds far more appealing. The thought of running out of wood in the middle of February, or making sure that once long driveway, which seemed perfect for remoteness has now become a liability. Will I be able to keep it cleared enough so that we or the ambulance can pass through if we need it.
Our days are filled with physical therapy and cardiac rehab vs clearing the forest.
Our days are now filled with naps and making sure my husband has what he needs before I leave for a bit to run up town.
Is it still the dream? Yes, my husband is alive (which is alot better than he was in early Aug)
But the realities of a Homesteaders life sure looks a lot different than our notebooks plan and dreams.