"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Simple Life

It is time for a Simple Life post once again.

I must say that Bill and I had no idea when we bought our teeny little corner of the world that we were actually putting our lives in an entirely new category that we had never considered before.  Well that is not completely true, as I used to dream of living in a cabin, remote, with spectacular views.  I love pioneer books, shows, and western movies.  I have read each Louis Lamour book so many times that I can recite much of the content.  But even by having these dreams I never imagined that the Double Nickel would become my Simple Life and that life surpassed all the dreams I had. 

You see, we lowered the bar on what we wanted and in turn ended up with far more than we could have imagined.  We did not buy the house but the views and of course this place was the least expensive rural place we could find.  We did not buy a place with established barns, pens, fences, or even grass.  In fact the property had only one tree. 
For some reason I do not think I have ever taken just a photo of this lonely tree, so here it is in the reflection of the window from last March from this post.  

Boy the views.  I won't go on and on about the views here, but let me just say that sometimes I just get caught up in looking  at the sunrise or sunset and forget everything else.

The previous owner was so impressed with the kitchen and he wanted to know my thoughts on the kitchen.  I told him that I had not paid attention to the kitchen because I could not stop looking to the mountains to the east.  The kitchen was a standard manufactured home kitchen that had particle board cupboards.

Although it was okay, in my simple mind, I decided that I wanted the large open farmhouse kitchen dining room not divided by a counter bar (far left) or island.  One day I had my middle two help me tear everything out!  We found a 1950s sink and that was the direction the kitchen went.
It is metal and I painted it blue and that inspired me to paint the entire kitchen/dining room~now a farm house kitchen blue. 
And here you go, the simple life and the simple farm house kitchen happened.  I added a metal look with the decor and put chicken brooder lights up over the stove and tin roofing on the area on the ceiling. I have pipe for curtain rods.  What I discovered on this path of simple living was that I did not need Martha Stewart or some country living magazine to define life.  I created things with what I saw and was inspired by~all the while living on the mentality of low cost no cost. Simple living means that for Bill and I. 

On this journey of simple living and learning how to make things that I wanted, I wound up on a path that opened my eyes.  I wanted to get back to basics and learned how to make cleaners, toiletries, and even simple homeopathic remedies that work for us. 

When we wanted to fix something, we had to think outside the box and that allowed for a unique home that is still in progress. 
Bill has been creating window trim that is stunning.  When I would imagine my remote cabin it would have windows like this. 
And framed closet doors like this.  

When I think about my simple life and how things are, I am humbled.  You see, I used to want more.  I used to want the perfect life with manicured lawns, lovely decorations in my home, and this and that.  Once we had no choice and decided to roll up our sleeves and embrace this life we had been cast into, life became and is amazing.  I most certainly am not minimizing things people find important on their wish lists.  I am pointing out that my wish list if I was granted it, would have never had the most important thing I have discovered on this simple life I lead now.  If I was granted my wish, neither Bill nor I would have learned that we could make do, with anything, and that we could be happier with less than with more. I know we would have missed out on the moments we have had as parents if we weren't on this journey we are on.  When I began I said that we lowered the bar on what we wanted and because we did so,  we ended up raising the potential on what we have.  

The simple life is what you define it.  For me, I would never have been able to define it ten years ago, but now I know exactly what the simple life is.  It is home.  It is my life and it is perfect in all its imperfections!

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