Listen to My Interview with The Voluntary Life

I'm so tickled to have been interviewed by Jake Desyllas for his podcast on The Voluntary Life. It was super fun and inspiring to talk with him about what we're doing out here in the sticks. He focuses on financial freedom, talking with people who have quit the rat race and have found different ways … Continue reading Listen to My Interview with The Voluntary Life

Putting Up the Temporary Outdoor Kitchen: Part One

That's it! That's it! I'm outta here. If you've been following our mouse saga, you know I have not yet figured out how to build a better mouse trap to humanely and successfully capture the squatters in our RV. After finding mouse poop IN CELESTE'S BED, I finally admitted defeat and ceded victory to the … Continue reading Putting Up the Temporary Outdoor Kitchen: Part One

Death by Mountain Lion

People ask me if I’m afraid to live with my kids out in the woods with all the dangers. Aren't I afraid of mountain lions? I guess people don’t stop to think how much more danger they put their kids in by driving them to soccer practice. In fact, nobody, not one single person, has … Continue reading Death by Mountain Lion

Pacing Ourselves: Taking Time to Play

The No-Progress Report: STILL IN THE RV, and not yet in the dome. There's a lot left to do still before we can live in it: build out the sleeping area, put in kitchen facilities, insulate it (dome without insulation or ventilation = greenhouse), put in a wood stove. Part of what's holding us up … Continue reading Pacing Ourselves: Taking Time to Play

One Year In

Well, this week, it's been a year since we sold Someone Else's American Dream and moved to the sticks. Been quite a year. Among the hardest of my life, in fact, in spite of what the idyllic pictures may lead you to believe. Right up there with the year I went into the Peace Corps … Continue reading One Year In

How to Make a DIY Rotary Clothesline

High on my laundry list of things to do has been, well, laundry. We've been going to the laundromat weekly, which has been a) time consuming and b) expensive, costing us from $60-$80 per month, depending on how many turtle-catching pond adventures Giovanni's pants have been on that week. I've been working on getting our … Continue reading How to Make a DIY Rotary Clothesline