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Seth Daniel Willard
May 1st, 2005, 05:02 PM
I was reading in Countryside last week an article about if you have found your dream piece of land, don't tell anyone or they will come and be your neighbours. It is true, but also keep in mind that you can make wherever you live at the moment your perfect spot (well, almost...) as it really is a state of mind. "Be ye content with such things as you have..."
Where I live right now gets more and more wonderful everyday, but I still look forward to a place of my own...
May 8th, 2005, 06:09 AM
I agree. I may get that "dream" home but until then...I do what I can to get off the grid as much as possible and not create mutiny in the house!! We live simply. Buy what we need, recycle, reuse, compost, grow organically, preserve the harvest. No chemicals, fill the yard with flowers...no mowing is fine by me....I want some hens this year...working to pay off all debt...almost down to just a small mortgage. All this right here in the suburbs of Vermont's largest city. :) Home is where the hat is. :)
June 21st, 2005, 02:25 PM
Yes, be content with what yea have!
That is a learning process though. . .continually! At least for me.
I'm just try to see things as more that I'm blessed with the cup 3/4 full, rather than 1/3 empty.
We finally got out of debt so that we can focus more on the country living. Now, where that is. . .only God knows at the moment! Thankful for the rented place right now that we can have the critters and veggie pets. Preparing me for where and what I'm going to be doing next.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Is surely words of wisdom for each of us. Now, to just remember that everyday without becoming a human doing, but remaining a human being.
October 23rd, 2005, 08:11 PM
love where we are... W. Ky., but others may come over and look at us like we're crazy!! I'm happy and content, and that is what counts. And everyone is welcome to come and join us. Still pretty reasonable to buy a piece of land.
December 7th, 2005, 08:03 PM
Very contented right here. Not going to tell you exactly where, or you would be here too. LOL! No kidding, Eastern Oklahoma is not the place for everyone, but it is where we belong.
January 21st, 2006, 10:47 PM
I've been here in the Ozarks for about 13 years, and I consider this enough of a home that I'm willing to stay here for the rest of my life. It isn't perfect, and I know a lot of people think there's a lot wrong with it, but it's a very nice place to live.
A lot of people moved to the Ozarks through the years, and many have left, but there are still quite a few people living here who weren't born here. I think that says something about the area.
February 20th, 2006, 08:10 PM
I'm near where I would like to live. We are currently city dwellers but we are trying to getout of debt enough to someday build about 30 minutes west of where we are now. My husbands family farmed in a little town for generations. His grandparents farm is just sitting there crumbling . They were both in a nursing home for years and this last October his grandmother finally passed away. The problem is keeping the farm. They were in the nursing home for something like 8(grandpa)and 10(grandma) years. Their care spent all they ever had and much more and now the government wants their money back. My in laws are just hoping that somehow they can pay to keep the land. Luckily it was in the2 sons and their spouses names as well as the parents names so maybe they will only have to pay for a portion of it. There is plenty of room for my in laws and us to build there. My husband is the only one of his siblings or cousins that are interested in living on the farm.
I have always been a country girl at heart and was raised far enough out that our nearest neighbors were a field away though we only had 2and a half acres. I absolutly hate living pushed up against people for gosh sakes our bedroom window looks straight into our next door neighbors kitchen.
March 3rd, 2006, 06:38 AM
I have found utopia here in Amsterdam, Ohio. It is just cornfields and rolling hills. Of course, some people think I am crazy, but I love livin in the boonies. :)
March 3rd, 2006, 03:48 PM
Utopia? We rediscover utopia several times a year. We have lived on the same farm for 40 years. We have sold most of the acrage to our sons. We still garden big time and have chickens. But here in S.E. KS it is too hot, too dry, too wet, too windy, too cold, too rocky, you name it. So we plant our garden, can our veggies get out chores done and take off in our Motor Home for a couple of weeks 3 or 4 times every year. We have found Utopia almost everywhere that we can find a garden to visit. Been to some dandys some not so dandy. This spring we expect to find Utopia in Mansfield, MO and Santa Fe NM. After that, who knows?
March 23rd, 2006, 07:25 PM
After the bad hurricanes in Louisiana it made me think a lot about materialism. For 7 days we didn't know what we would come back to like many others. Luckily, our losses weren't too bad, but others weren't so lucky south of us near the Gulf. Utopia is a state of mind more than a place; after all, you can't take it with you. We live on this planet for a very short time in relation to how old the Earth is.
May 8th, 2006, 03:51 PM
We've been in the Ozarks for a for almost 8 years now, and like it for the most part. As a gardener, I love the longer season, tho I do miss the snow.
But nowhere is perfect, so we need to make our house into a home wherever we may settle.
I love the country, and I feel for people who have to live with houses all around them and literally no yard or privacy. Of course, there are some who like that life, but it's not for me.
May 8th, 2006, 06:58 PM
I'd have to say yes.
I have a little 10 acre plot with chickens, gardens, trees, fields, a sweet wife "prettier than I deserve", Kids who love me, a granddaughter who will, both my folks are alive, a warm friendly washed in the Blood Church to attend with great folks, a old truck which has 202,000 miles on it, a 48 Ford 8N tractor, a job that pays me more than I'm worth, a Martin guitar, and a big ole bloodhound.
If I ain't there, I'm close. <grin>
May 8th, 2006, 11:30 PM
hi all you people live in heaven :) i live in brooklyn,ny to much garbage,smoke from buses,cars,trucks. some of my neighbors say why do you grow veggies when you can go to the fruit store or supermarket.i say when you grow your own veggies you eat healther,taste better and you now who grew it. its all so organic no pesticides,and i like to garden. i tell those idiot neighbors kiss my compost pile. :D they stay away :D terrianne you really live in heaven. when i finally settle my 2 cases i want to move to vt. :) say no to gmo. were i live the people do not care about when i tell them about gmo :eek:
September 4th, 2009, 05:54 AM
So glad you all have found Utopia. :) I've found it before.. just i don't live there now. :(
I agree you can make your own little place as close to perfect as you want. But it's nicer to start with a place that's perfect. Perfect weather, perfect soil, perfect climate. :cool: Then i'd be in heaven. Right now.. not so much!:mad:
September 4th, 2009, 04:55 PM
I am content where we live now. I loved my friends and adopted family in the city, but not the city. I miss the people but not the place.
Here, I still haven't found close friends but I love our little piece of heaven on earth. just a few rocky , bad dirt, acres, but no one close enough to look in our windows. I can sit on my porch at dark and pet my cat, and listen to the night sounds. I have my small garden and my containers and the raised bed and enjoy it so much, veggies, fruit (well, the deer get that) and flowers.
so, I'd say, i'm content.
September 4th, 2009, 05:08 PM
Yes, I am a Nomad, and still looking.
September 7th, 2009, 10:20 PM
so what is your own individual utopia?
September 7th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Where is it?? I'll tell ya if I found it!!
September 8th, 2009, 12:43 AM
Well with the right trees and plants planted any place can become a utopia in my mind.
September 8th, 2009, 10:04 PM
utopia is in my mind to :D
September 9th, 2009, 04:57 AM
As I was harvesting the second bloom of lavender yesterday under sunny skies, low humidity and comfy 67 degree weather, I was reminded I live in Utopia. The scream of the hawk circling overhead brought my eyes skyward to the brilliant blue. Breathing deep the clean mountain air, I looked at the calendula and elderberries that awaited harvesting. I thought of the family gathering which was held yesterday and how much I enjoy my children and now, grandchildren. I smiled as I thought of my 4-year-old grandson showing his friend the late strawberries and their joy in savoring each berry. There are a few leaves starting to turn colors on the hills. I look forward to strolling around our 5 acres, hand-in-hand with my beloved husband. My pantry is filled with goodness, my heart with love. Yeah, this is Utopia.
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