I wrote a post “Living Life According to your Means” back in January 2009 shortly after returning from visiting my relatives in Laos and Thailand. At that time our economy got hit hard, many were laid off from their jobs, restaurants and small businesses shut down in our area. It was a depressing time, and then I thought of my cousins in Thailand. They were an elderly couple, and they didn’t have a lot but they seemed happy. They had plenty of fruits and vegetables in their backyard; they lived according to their means.
This inspired me to want to grow and raise our own foods, at least the basic such as fruits, vegetables, chicken and eggs. It’s obvious that we couldn’t do it under our current situation, we live in a very restricted neighborhood, raising chickens in the bathtub is not ideal but we did try. I guess it would be more ideal to raise ducks in the bathtub.
Lee caring for the little chicks in the bathroom.
Since then I have been thinking about buying a bigger land, at one point even a farm. That’s all I was able to do, thinking and looking at houses. Each time I get closer to finding the right place, the thought of selling our house, and moving made me take a step back. I think it’s the fear of the unknown, if I can’t convince myself how can I convince Lee and Bo to move, and not just moving but downsizing also.
I think it was because I have not found the right place for us, then about 2 weeks ago I saw one that could work for all of us. We went and saw the house, Bo couldn’t see my vision at the time but willing to give it a try, and that’s all I need to hear. I worked as fast as I could and things are coming together nicely. This is a painting of the house by the current owner, it has plenty of land for us, the animals and the garden. I removed her signature for privacy purpose, and have no intention of not giving her credit for her beautiful art work.
This could mean that I won’t be gardening in my garden this Spring, and I’m looking forward to working on a new plot of land. I’ll have plenty of room to plant fruit trees.
Bo will have a place for his quails.
And these mail ordered birds.
We’ll be able to raise chickens and eggs.
And of course we will need this guy.
It’ll be a job moving the fishpond, but I think it’s doable.
Since we are downsizing, and moving further out in the country it will be cheaper for us to live there comparing to living in our current home. The commuting time to work is about 20 minutes longer but if you are looking at 10 minutes to 30 minutes is nothing comparing to those that have to commute over an hour to work. The new place needs a little TLC, and the current place needs a little work before putting it on the market so we’ll be busy in the weeks ahead. I’m excited and looking forward to a new chapter in our lives.