Saturday, November 1, 2014

Her Uncomplicated Life

Sometimes living off grid and not being dependent upon this fragile economy sounds appealing. I know a lot of people are heading this way these days. The world is in turmoil and many want to be prepared in case the economy crashes. This one couple live a very uncomplicated life and wrote about it HERE. I thought I would repost it. I very much enjoyed reading their simple life and I think you will also ~

This afternoon a friend of mine was complaining about her heating system not working, and I sure understand that. It's going to be cold here tonight and the thought of no heat on the first cold night of the season is not a pleasant thought at all.  She was telling me that things seem to break in threes for them. Last month, it was the dishwasher and right before that, the garbage disposal.  I felt her pain but then got to thinking, well, actually Emery and I started talking about our rather uncomplicated lifestyle.  

You see, we don't have a heating system to break down. We heat with wood, so our investment would be the wood stove, and they outlast most people and our wood comes from downed trees, which in this area, there seems to be an abundant supply. People are always contacting us to see if we want to haul away their already cut down trees.   Our air conditioning system consists of two window units, not some fancy system that one service call can cost more than one of our units.  No dishwasher to break down; we don't have one. No garbage disposal to break down; we don't have one. We have a compost pile and chickens that love food scraps. We do have a washing machine but no dryer to break down; we have two poles and four lines.  

We don't have much that could break down and cause us to pull out our hair with worry or reach deep into our pockets. There are no expensive clothes to take to the dry cleaners or worry about ruining. It's quite a relief to not be faced with all the "what ifs" of home ownership. Our house is simple, and there isn't much Emery cannot fix himself. We even own an older car, so that he can work on it easily. The simple life, or what I have come to refer to now, is our uncomplicated life, is just that.   

We aren't even worried about our electricity going out during a storm. We are set with candles and kerosene lamps. We can even cook on the wood stove if need be.  Most of the year, something is growing in the garden and the chickens are good layers. So we could always eat, even if the stores were closed. No debts; we own what we have. It makes life easier. So today, on this cool autumn day, I am thankful for a life that is easily lived with joy and contentment. Uncomplicated by owning lots of stuff.

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is 
to eat and drink and find enjoyment in 
all the toil with which one toils under the sun 
the few days of his life that God has given him, 
for this is his lot.
Ecclesiastes 5:18