I've been thinking a lot lately about how fortunate I am to live where I do and have the things I have even though all I have requires a great deal of hard work and sometimes real penny pinching. A lot of my friends tell me they wish they could live in the country away from the stress of city life and they envy how much money we must save living the country life style. I'm here to tell you a cold, hard truth - it is not cheaper to live in the country! Sure, if you are a true back to nature, live off the grid, live off the land type that you see on the Discovery Channel I'm sure it is cheaper. But I like running water, electricity and heat. Oh yes, I like heat and electricity. God bless Thomas Alva Edison.
When we moved to Dogwood Lane 16 years ago we both knew that we would still have to work at full time jobs for a good long time in order to make our rural dream come true. Being able to finally retire has been such a blessing and has made it possible to tackle projects we've had on hold for many years.
We chose to buy a place that needed a lot of work because it was less expensive and to keep the cost down we do all the labor ourselves and the labor is hard, sometimes backbreaking. It can take years to finish a project because we just don't have the money or the time after working at our paying jobs all day. The modern things I'm not willing to do without like Internet service, heating and electricity cost more because they have further to go and service fewer people (supply & demand), groceries are more expensive for the same reason and because I have to drive further to get them (fuel isn't cheap).
Please don't misunderstand me, I truly love my life. Both Chris and I love a challenge and we both enjoy the satisfaction of completing a difficult job. But I am not romantic about this life we've chosen and I wouldn't want to lead anyone astray by painting too rosy a picture. If your considering a move to the country remember to factor in some of these facts: housing, heating, water (very important), who will do the work of maintaining the land, transportation, can I afford to keep animals including fencing and housing them and accessibility during inclement weather and how close is health care as you age?
Always dream but dream with your eyes open!
Until next time,