Goodbye Convenience, Hello Homestead

If you’ve happened to have read (for which I’m oh so thankful) my last post Trading in Car Horns for Crickets, you know we’ve made a major lifestyle change. We’ve left the suburbs and city life and found some open space, perfect for pursuing our love of nature, growing our own food, and raising our kids and possibly some critters that produce eggs.

So we packed up all our crap. You never realize how much useless crap you’ve collected till you start packing it in boxes and then load it AND unload it. Total wake-up call.

I’m looking forward to planning the garden, finding a composting spot, and building a chicken coop. Plenty of tasks ahead. But for now we’re meeting new friends, reconnecting with some old ones, and settling in for a new season.

unpacking the crap

Loading and unloading (aka Viking Appreciation Day).




cows lined up in a field

We were greeted by some of our friendly new neighbors.


dobermans on the grass

The dogs have had a tough time adjusting as you can see.


View of the woods from the porch

The ponder spot (as in 2 days of where the hell did I put my computer power cord).

Morning fog above a pond

The day starts early around here.

exercise equipment in building

The “gym” — metal, rugged, and raw. Perfect. All I need is a giant tire.

backyard view

This desk view is for writing. In reality, I’ll probably just pay bills and watch birds.

moon at dusk

Best thing of all. Family time together stargazing.




  1. Crabby McSlacker says:


    The pictures say it all! Looks like paradise… well, ok, perhaps it might be nice if there were a Whole Foods and a Trader Joes across the street and a beach in the back yard. And servants. Can we have those? But pretty darn close to paradise!

    • lol that was my one wish! A Whole Foods, TJ’s or at least some sort of health food store. Nearest is about 20 mins away. Thanks Crabby. It’s nothing fancy, but there’s lots of green. πŸ™‚

  2. That last picture looks like there is a little heart in the sky β™₯ Take
    your time get to know your surroundings and settle in, and to learn
    each new thing as it comes. And although it will require some work, you
    will find a new type of convenience in getting eggs from your yard, and
    having home canned goodies in the pantry.

  3. I am so friggin happy for you!!!! Amazing pics & beauty!!! So glad you are able to live out your dream!!!! I l love Crabby’s response too! I love your life but I have to be able to afford to go back & forth. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Jody. We definitely make fewer trips and buy for the week now. The drive is 20-25 mins for things instead of 5-10. It’s all an adjustment for sure! πŸ™‚

  4. Looks heavenly! So happy for you and can’t wait to read about your adventures!

    • Thanks Barbara πŸ™‚ I have sooooo much to learn. I hope to get advice (and hopefully some guest posts) from those of you willing to share your experience and expertise!

  5. debraroby says:

    Get some goats? Or adjust to the idea of driving a tractor around mowing that grass when it starts growing.

    Looks very nice. I lived in an exurban area for 7 years (almost as rural as yours, but not quite). It’s fun and isolating and lots of work.

    • Hi Deb πŸ™‚ Thanks! Today, I had a conversation with someone who told me all about donkeys and how they’ll protect your goats and chickens. I learn something new here everyday. lol

      Luckily this place is not too isolated. Neighbors stop by often. They just come over on their 4-wheelers instead of in the car. Definitely a different lifestyle!

  6. It’s beautiful. I really really love the look of that chair and porch view. I’m all about chairs and views.

  7. HappinessSavouredHot says:

    I’m excited to learn more about the endeavor! πŸ™‚

  8. Zuupdesign says:

    Hi! here. Your blog is really fantastic. I will keep on visiting your blog and I can’t wait for your latest post. Keep having a good post. Cheers!!

  9. Hi Joyce, just popping in now that spring is in full swing to say hello and hope all is going well in your new home. I’m so happy for you and wish you all the very best.


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