Yesterday, mid afternoon I had a long conversation with my Dad. We were discussing the up coming plans for the farm. Now let me say this, he is a wonderful person, a very loving father, super smart, but very conservative when it comes to big life changes.
As we talked about different plans that Maria and I have for the farm and in what order we were planning on doing things, it really boiled down to livability. He stated that as long as you had somewhere dry and warm to lay your head, some sort of privy or septic, a clean water source….well then it can be livable.
That really got me to thinking. What exactly is THE definition of livable? And if there really is a standard answer to that question.
I was nearly a feral child growing up, and spent just about more time in the woods sleeping in shallow hollowed out spots than at home, so my standard for livability is probably a whole lot lower than other folks. My lovely Maria is pretty hardy, but would probably require just a few more amenities than I do.
My Dad also brought up “going Amish” as he lives in northern Indiana where it is ripe with Amishmen.
I told him that with the generator, and some other equipment, we weren’t planning on going “full Amish”. But that was a possibility. It was a little surprising to me that he brought up the fact that it doesn’t take a lot to make a homestead livable.
This entire journey up until this point has caused me to really do some soul searching and reflecting on life.
What’s your definition of livable? Could you live in a 250 sq ft cabin, or do you require a 2000 sq ft house with air conditioning? Do you require a full time supply of electricity or can you operate off of an occasional generator run? After thinking long and hard about it, I think we can operate (but will probable add the full grid power) off of a generator. For our business, an occasional power tool, or sewing machine, and to charge the phones and tablets for our online sales is really all we NEED.
Let us know what you feel your needs are.
P.s. there is no wrong answer, lol.