Something dawned on me last night while watching TV with MJ. I realized that I am content! I love my home, my dear husband and my sons. I have enough food, enough clothes, more than enough stuff. I feel at home, and at peace for the first time in my life.
there are still bills to be paid, too many of them it seems somedays!
Even that though doesn’t deter from the realization that even if I do
not buy another object I have what I need.
is not a sudden thing, although it suddenly hit me last night to put a
name to it. I have for some time been slimming down my stuff. I crave
open space and “breathing” room and I realized a while back that
stuff clutters up the space we have. I do know some folks whose home is
so full of stuff I do not enjoy my time there. The space is just too
busy, and I find I cannot breathe when visiting.
there are a few things I would like to make homesteading a bit easier.
For instance I hear lots of folks talking about dehydrators. I do not
have one, it might make stuff easier. If I were true homesteader though,
wouldn’t that mean I was doing things as my grandparents did? I am
pretty sure Grandma Norden didn’t have a dehydrator to help dry her
apples (she lived in MO.) and such. She didn’t have a pressure canner
either, and she raised more food that I plan too, livestock and all. She
raised from what I can find 5 children with much less equipment than I
have, and I must only raise 2.
do we sometimes (or at least I do) feel we need more to do what they did
with less? I read the old accounts of homesteading, and farming. I love
that time period, settling the new country and finding your own place
and working it. Their foods were simpler, and truth be told probably
better for them that what we get now.
wonder this sometimes about everything. I recently did some research on
a shot the nurse was insisting my son needed. It is for a disease they
have assessed is a threat to teens. This disease was not a threat when I
was a teen, in fact it didn’t as far as I know even exist then. What
if some of these “medical marvels” are actually hurting us? Giving
the vaccinations might be like using a pesticide, they stop one thing so
something stronger and more resilient is created in nature.
gist of my thought is this, is it possible to go back to a simpler life
or are we stuck wanting all the stuff we are supposed to NEED today?
being a wise woman I do not have the answer. I just know for me, right
now in this time and in this place, I have enough. Enough