Originally Posted by wednesday
I live in the southeast, in an area I believe to be a very sweet spot in terms of climate and terrain and culture. Rolling hills, lots of farmland (mostly private/family-owned), doesn't get either excessively hot OR excessively cold, and sprawl here is fairly minimal. Everybody does not have a gun
. And I am sure where I live is not totally unique.
See I guess this is why I feel sort of ( not completely, but sort of) comfortable about where we are. It does get hot/cold here in mid-summer/winter, but it is doable.
The soil is acceptable. I know there are locally owned cows just up the road from me, a couple of locally owned farms, an orchard, etc.
Guns...I grew up around them because my family hunted. My dad just got two new guns this year. Don't ban me, but when I drive around here and see big ol' geese waddling across the road, or deer running through the fields, or rabbits galore in the area, I feel good because I know that there is plenty of wildlife here.
I know morels grow here, though we don't anyone who owns some land we could mushroom hunt on...people are very secretive about their mushrooms spots.
In our family I am the one gathering books and reading, but this has been going on for years. I've told my sons about how my brother and I grew up, and work on getting them involved in knowing how to do things for themselves. My husband ( although he is pretty mainstream) knows how to "do things." It's one of the things I admire about him. If push came to shove, we'd manage I think.
My brother just moved up the road and that helps.
I do wish we had more family nearby or my friend D and her family. We talk about this kind of stuff. Between the two of us, we know how to do a lot of things.
My brother thinks dh and I should buy the property that ajoins his and start our own little family compound. If we had the money, I'd do it in a heartbeat. We were talking about it yesterday...I was yakking about goats, bees and chickens...and he says "There you go, talking about those chickens again." I've been talking about chickens since I was about 19. I still don't have any, though.
There are fish in his creek and the same creek runs on the other side of our property really close by. We are also fairly close to a river.
And yes, these are all things I think about when we move somewhere...it's just second nature.
I wish I could get my husband to understand it's a GOOD thing to pay off the house. He seems to think there is some kind of tax benefit to having an unpaid mortgage and that drives me up a wall.
The good news is if we lost our house, we could all crowd in with my brother. His garage used to be the original house the people lived in before they built the little house he lives in...the garage has a kitchen, a woodstove, is set up for plumbing, there is a little bathroom area, etc. It's sweet. We could totally live in there...and it's about a 1/4 of a mile up the road.
We both have wild strawberries in our yard...
I think about this stuff way too much.