So it has a name. The thing I’ve been slowly attempting to do for the past 5-6 years. It’s called “suburban homesteading”! Yeehaw, I have a name! I found this terrific blog, The Little House in the Suburbs, and found someone else who is doing everything I want to do. What a great blog!
But I’m a poor homesteader; I’m more like a wannabee homesteader. I don’t can, I don’t make soap or paper, and, worst of all, we have no chickens! (But I’m still working on convincing the husband about that). I have two fruit trees, a large vegetable garden and am learning about energy conservation and healthy cooking, though! And I am definitely a conserver and not a consumer. And Little House in the Suburbs says that this lifestyle is COOL right now. Well, well!
I found a book in her Amazon library list, and it looks great. It’s called “How to Survive without a Salary” by Charles Long. It looks like a good book.
Being chained to a salary is probably the biggest obstacle to my homesteading adventure. We are in debt, and I feel we are slaves to our salaries. We must work to pay off the debt, and all the while, that time spent working keeps us from renovating the house and from building a small farm off which to live. Right now, we can’t break out of the cycle.
So I’m going to get the book. And like the good conserver that I am, I’m not going to buy it. I’m going to borrow it. It’s available through my local library system, and should be here in a few days.