I've really enjoyed reading this thread, but I haven't contributed much, so I went back and read the first post, and I hope no one minds me jumping in.
I got the book "The Simple Living Guide" which really describes just how I want to live. I think that I will stay in the city for a long time, but I want to live as sustainably as I can while I'm here. I want a garden, and a clothesline, and I'd like some chickens and sheep and goats (though I don't think I'll be able to have all those in the city. Chickens at the most.) I want to forage for food like mushrooms and greens. I want to make food from scratch, and preserve food with freezing and canning. (Maybe drying too?) I really enjoy making things, and I would like to do a lot of crochet/knitting and sewing. I also think living this way will help us to save money so that we can live comfortably in our old age. And it will keep us healthy so we CAN live comfortably in our old age. Plus, it just makes me feel good.
Right now, I'm not doing much besides dreaming. We've just gotten married, and we live in a very small place with no porch or yard, so we can't garden. I make our food from scratch as much as possible, and shop at the farmer's market when I can. I don't forage, at least not yet. I may change that this week. I do make homemade bread instead of buying it though.
But I'm looking forward to being able to slowly incorporate more sustainable ways into our life.
Thanks for listening to me.