We are basically old fashioned. We live in an old schoolhouse, use a woodburner for heat and sometimes cooking, kerosene and white gas lamps for
light, still hang our clothes on the clothesline to dry, and have a garden
for herbs. It's a slow relaxing way of life, but it's great.
Mind you, we don't
live in the dark ages. I still drive to work in the modern world and Chuck
has electric woodworking tools (though he does a lot by hand). We have a few
electric lights, and can't live without the air conditioner and computer.
We just happen
to enjoy the relaxation of the old ways. We plan to expand in the near
future to a garden for vegetables, raising chickens and rabbits for food,
and installing a hand pump for water.
Our passion (in
our spare time) is working in the woodshop or craft room, reading books,
working on the family tree or newsletter, or listening to music. We love to
travel and see other parts of the country and try new things, such as white
water rafting and ballooning. We do caving, climbing, and hiking.
We also have a
cleanup (sometimes mess-up) crew. A male yellow lab, Sundance, and a female
black lab, Heather. Anything you drop they will pickup for you (though you
may never see it again) and they also pick up the yard (they eat the leaves
and sticks). They have also learned how to un-stack our wood pile. They have
their own pool, so they also often give you a free shower. They also like to
decorate your clothes with muddy footprints. Sundance and Heather are good
dogs. Soon they will calm down and we will have to start doing all the
cleanup ourselves while they just lay around.