It’s been quite the few months we’ve had, with living in a tent for a month and a half, and then upgrading to living in a camper. . . which is where we are now. I am pretty surprised with myself and how I’ve adapted and found peace with “living with less”. It’s actually pretty cozy, with the help of being hooked up to electricity.
Originally we were going to start our homestead on raw land. We had tossed around the idea of buying a really cheap, retired school bus to convert into a camper/house bus. We had also considered just finding a cheaper camper. Well, we didn’t really have our plan completely worked out when we found this piece of land with a small A frame, off-grid cabin on it. We decided to just jump into it and work everything out as we went. We knew that the existing cabin on the property would require a major renovation, but we saw potential in it and the property.
As first time “home-buyers” (I wouldn’t exactly put us into that category, since we were going for something very much not mainstream), we made some mistakes and overlooked some things when going through with buying the property out here in the Arkansas backwoods. We gutted the house down to frame and found damage, to our dismay. But we have pulled it off so far, and we have rebounded from the disappointment of encountering issues. Having this structure on the property is better than raw land, as it has a lower level that is bermed into the earth. It’ll make a good root cellar and storm shelter.
The conception of this mutual goal happened maybe 7 or so years ago. It’s been this sparkly vision in the forefront of my mind for as long as I can remember. It turns out, as with everything else, putting the thing into practice looks much differently than I had thought it would. I am the dreamy idealist and, thankfully, Brian is the practical sort. Even so, living on our own little piece of earth, while living cheaply and nearly being debt-free, is just where I want to be.
Living in a tiny space appears much more romantic than it actually is, you know. Some days are harder than others. Mostly though everything is good and peaceful. About mid-September, our family gifted us a comfortable camper to live in over the winter (thanking our lucky stars). The cabin was left in pretty bad shape (all of the previous owners’ junk left everywhere), and had been vacant and neglected for a few years. So– we can begin major improvements to the structure once we get a shed built and all of our tools moved into that.
There are so many things yet to be learned. I would really like to connect with others who are on a similar journey. . .