Saturday, January 14, 2017

Homesteading | The Dream Hasn't Faded

This life style is rewarding, but it can also be challenging. We thought, from a financial perspective we'd have it made, no mortgage, no debt, living expenses would be next to nothing. Life would be a piece of cake! Boy were we wrong!

When we first moved here, we thought we would work on the homestead/farm full time (live off money we saved for about 6 month to a year) and then this place would be earning enough income for us to live off thereafter and we'd live happily ever-after! Sound like a fairy-tale! That's exactly what happened. Money doesn't last long when things start to break down.

The tractor broke down, hay equipment broke down. Bound to happen when the equipment is old and you have a piece from each era. Seriously, some of the equipment is from the 1950's, 1960's, 70's, 80' advice if you can afford it, get equipment a bit newer. Finding replacement parts can be a bit tough. And expensive! I recall once, some little piece we needed for either the tedder or the rake, that fit into the palm of my hand cost more than $200! Ouch! Buyer Beware! I remember getting mad because we were not even baling the hay for our animals, we were doing it for someone else's animals.

When we moved here our barn needed foundation repairs. It looked great! Then........She was in one of her moods.....and kicked a piece of the wall out of the barn! The "She" I'm referring to is Sugar!

Meet our draft horses Bob & Sugar (Sugar is on the left, Bob's on the right)

Other cost we didn't figure on fully were the horse lessons to teach us how to use them to plow up the fields, fencing supplies cost money. We figured with fencing, we'd just chop down some trees, throw up some barb wire and call it a day. After research we needed those yellow clip-ons, post hole diggers, fence stretchers, books to teach us to put up proper fences, tools that allow us to pull out the poles when we needed to pull up fence. (Due to snow plows damaging the post) Later get got electric fencing, need the stuff to electrify it.....the list can go on and on, but you get the general idea.

Other cost (that we all have) But you still gotta have car insurance, new tires (we need a new set yearly, due to potholes and long distance driving because town is over an hours drive) not to mention repairs. Since we've been here, we've went through two cars, we drove them to their death! They both had over 200,000 miles on them before we laid them to rest. Now we have a newer car without as much repairs.

I'm not trying to paint a picture of gloom & doom, but I am just trying to give you a correct dose of reality.

My husband & I both work full-time, outside the home. It's not quite the life we envisioned, but we still continue to dream.  We still continue to be as independent as possible, cooking from scratch as much as possible. Convenience in cooking is absolutely necessary (which is why I coupon) but so is good nutrition. We still raise chicken for eggs and hope to raise  a batch of meat birds this coming summer.

I was just able to renew my subscription to Countryside magazine for $10/6 issues! (67% savings!) This is a reminder for me that the joys of country living are alive and well! I wouldn't trade this life for nothing!

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