Do you really believe that tossing your trash out of your car window into the brush of our country road hides it?
It might be out of sight and out of mind for you, but it isn’t for us.
Sometimes it isn’t hard to find at all, like the balloons you release in town that land in the middle of the road. Unless, of course, a bird or other wildlife finds it first and either chokes because it tried to eat it or gets itself tangled in the colorful strings. Believe me when I say when you release these in memoriam of someone, they don’t end up in heaven, but they do help spoil paradise when they return to earth.
Did you know helium balloons can even cause house fires? There was one in Lodi, Calif. not too long ago.
And what about you, the inconsiderate smoker who tosses out butts onto the ground: Have you never seen the heartbreaking photos of wildfires? We would just as soon not lose Our Little House, our lives or that of our animals because of your negligence.
I'm celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the Living Large blog with an announcement!
The book based on our experiences downsizing to a small house, along with tips from me and other Living Largers is one step closer to reality.
My agent and I have agreed on a working title, Living Large in our Little House: Thriving in 480-Square Feet with Six Dogs, a Husband and One Remote and How you Can, too.
The book will tell the story of how we came to live in Our Little House, but will also have never-before published stories about our downsizing, as well as stories of others who have done the same.
It will be about Living Large by actual Living Largers!
The book will also give tips on how to complete your own Living Large dream!
How many of you would like to read this book and what tips would you like to see in it?
When we moved to Our Little House, we were very much city folks. In the city, we had services such as trash pick-up, city snow plow services.
If we needed something, we made a trip to the store and made it back in 15 minutes.
We’ve learned a lot about country life since we moved 50 minutes from the nearest large town (in addition to making cappuccinos and iced coffee at home!)
Out here, it’s just us. When there was a major ice storm that stranded us for 5 days and left us without power for 10, there was no one coming down our road to put salt and sand on it and we relied on each other out here to make sure we all had what we needed.
I’ve made a list of some of the equipment we’ve found we’ve needed out here in the country. If you’re thinking of buying or building your little house outside of town, these are some items you might want to consider:
At the beginning of our Summer of Fun, we purchased an ATV. Yes, I wanted one to ride on nice evenings, which helps me relieve stress, but it has practical purposes too (more on another post about equipment one might need in the country).
For one, I use it to go up and get our mail. The digital miracle of direct deposit isn’t always offered self-employed contractors and I do sometimes receive paper checks. There are also days I am waiting for other packages and such.
Our mailbox is two miles up the road and Dale typically doesn’t make it home before businesses close that I might need to contact, especially on the east coast.
Truly, I’ve always loved motorized recreational vehicles. My older cousin, Mark, who was always staying with his dad, my uncle and my Aunt Kathy, during the summers we visited them in rural Kentucky, always had a dirt bike or go-kart to ride.
My aunt, who now lives down the road from us, still tells the story of the time when I was about 10 and got on the go-kart and began riding.