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  • LivingitNow
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    ‘@Dust….thanks for your inquiry…we never had any intention (and still don’t) of starting an “intentional community.”  What we had hoped to do was to have 2 -3 familes or 3-4 people who had the same goals as us for building a Homestead and trying to live as self sustained as possible.  We haven’t had the problems you addressed (at least face to face) since we seem to screen them out while talking to them. But many (not all) are looking for a free ride with little work and want to still do drugs or need financial help.  Some have a dream of doing this but when talked to about what our Homestead is all about, they change their minds.  We didn’t start our Homestead counting on others so it is not a big deal.  You can contact us at redwateracres@yahoo.com if you want.

    LivingitNow
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    ‘@Duts..P.S.   We are located in south central Missouri.

    LivingitNow
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    ‘@Cahow…well stated comments….(again)…LOL….

    in reply to: May 1st! #67361
    LivingitNow
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    Good luck Tom….I wouldnt worry about making your deadline of May 1st….time, when looked at while living off the grid, is measured differently for most of us (LOL).  Keep you are your family safe.  Thanks for the update.

    in reply to: Want to go off-grid by May 2013 #67347
    LivingitNow
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    ‘@Cahow….Hat off to you in regard to your comments for Leahh

     

    personally …after talking with many people, it seems the desire (dream) to live off grid is not as important as making sure they have a certain location and lifestyle.  I do believe that any location or state can be sustainable based on its own resources and the ingenuity of the people who desire to live there.  (Personal opinion)..it just seems to me that the “DREAM” or the “WANT” to live off grid, or Homestead, or live a more self sustainable life for many people, is not as strong with them as them having a long list of prerequites that don’t have much to do with living a more self sustaining lifestyle.   In short…dreamers and not doers.  I don’t mean that as a slam against anyone, as dreams are important..but “viable” action is also important.

    LivingitNow
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    ‘@Cahow…thanks for your words….currently we DON’T have chickens but they won’t be the typical white chickens.  The “whites” are what we had when I was growing up.

    This summer we plan on getting Cinammon queens for brown eggs and meat.

    I am glad (in some ways) that this site is tolerant of anybody’s “dream” level or desire as we never know what spark might be ignited by others to turn that other person’s dream into reality. And if this site provides a wake up call to the “dreamers” before they act and do something silly and hurt themselves or family (or waste lots of money) , then this site has served another useful purpose. I am a firm believer that “Information is Power.”

    Keep up the sharing. :))

     

     

    in reply to: Want to go off-grid by May 2013 #67353
    LivingitNow
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    ‘@Cahow….you are welcome….but you are WAY TOO FUNNY…your Paris analogy was great. (LMAO)

    We have advertised our Homestead (even here on off-the-grid) and we have heard so many of the things you mentioned  We even offered a 15 year long term lease for FREE use of 1/2 to 1 acre of land for a living site and free use and access to the rest of the 18 acres in regards to the animal pens and garden area so people wouldn’t have to duplicate their efforts.  We only required physical labor to support the goals of the Homestead.  The complaints so far: 1.  “you mean I have to work there just to use the land?”    2.  “Do I have to get up early to work?; I like to sleep in”   3.   I don’t want to live somewhere where there are rules; that is what I trying to get away from.  4.  How come I can’t do drugs there;?..it is my land to use, right?”  5.  I want to live off grid but I don’t want to use a sawdust toilet.  6.  I will need a ride to town to work; is that a problem?  7.  What do you mean I can’t bring my 5-7 dogs; only 3 are Pitbulls. 8.  I won’t have to share what I have with anyone else; right?  9.  Well, I want to come but my spouse doesn’t want to; can I come and try it out while you put me up with food and shelter?  10.  You do have adequate living quarters for my wife and 3 kids …right?  11.  I just want a Hobbit Hole to hide in; I don’t want to interact with anybody.  11.  “You have too many rules”  12.  “Well, let me know when your Homestead is fully up and running and then maybe I will consider coming.  13.  I don’t have money for food; will you be able to feed me/us?  14. Does it snow there? I don’t like the cold or snow.

    That is a sampling of some of the responses.  In view of the fact they say they are looking for either off the grid or self sustaining, many of the responses are just funny. Many do not respond after being sent our INFO sheet on our Homestead.

    We don’t care though as when we started our Homestead,  we always planned to do it alone.  We are realistic enough to realize that it will be hard to find a person/family that would match how we live and who we are.  It is hard enough to do that after getting married and living in a normal life style. (LOL)

    I would argue one small point you made about rules in your post.  You implied that there are no rules in a Dom/Sub relationship; I would say that from a Sub’s point of view, there are many many rules and from the Dom’s point of view, he/she have rules to follow to make it safe and successful. (lol).  I couldn’t find anything else wrong with your logic so I took a stab at that. (LOL)

    But you are correct; there are always rules around; even when we are alone, the rules of science and physics are there (lol). I can imagine some of these dreamers trying to defy the rule of gravity. (lol)

    Although we moved from up north to Missouri, we didn’t do it because of the cold.  But, it is interesting that so many people want an off the grid lifestyle with hardly any large temperature changes.

    What we have come up with is that most “lookers” don’t have their major priority as living off the grid and be self sustaining.  If they did, the location of where they want would not be the major driving force.  I agree with you; many are day-dreamers not just dreamers.  That is a big diference. I wonder how our West would have been won if the families leaving St Louis in their wagon trains asked many of the same questions asked by the “dreamers” of today? (smile)  I guess the Native Americans would have been happier.

     

     

    LivingitNow
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    ‘@Cahow…LOL….you are welcome.  I enjoy reading your posts (i.e. the guy fron Denmark asking about volunteer work).  Thanks for the luck with our Homestead.   I grew up on a chicken farm in the country when I was a boy and now that I am retired, I wanted to get back to that feeling of being able to have animals around without any permits/regulations.

    I also wondered about the original poster on this forum post but we have found (as we have advertised for others to join us) that so many people say they want to live off the grid or even low grid until you explain to them what that really means and what it entails. (LOL).

    I like your “doe-eyed” analogy.  Most interested people seem to be dreamers and not doers….and that is okay…as having dreams is important; it is just the many of the reactions we receive are so funny when we explain how our Homestead works, which can’t be too much different than the many other successful off the grid places talked about on here.

    Keep up the interesting insights.  I don’t feel you have to be living something to give advice from your past or even advice that you might feel relevant learned through life.  (LOL)

     

    LivingitNow
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    SUPER good advice and nice info sharing Cahow…my wife and I started a Homestead last summer and the first thing we did (before doing anything) was to develop a very comprehensive list of questions, which we could apply to all the land opportunites we were looking at.  AND…you are so correct….neighbors can make or break the lifestyle we all seem to seek.  :))

    LivingitNow
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    Lucas87…we just started a Homestead last summer.  If you want to talk, feel free to contact us at redwateracres@yahoo.com.

    in reply to: Want to go off-grid by May 2013 #67295
    LivingitNow
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    Hi…Chowan above has given some great advice.  We started our Homestead this past summer and have had a great time at it.  We didnt have everything ready to go BUT did have all the basics and important things.  We have a young child and he has adpated well to the lifestyle and loves everything about it.  We love not hearing hardly any traffic and there is zero crime where we bought our land.  We are accepting other people to live with us at our Homestead. If you are interested, feel free to contact us at redwateracres@yahoo.com or even if you have more questions on how we started and are living our life.  We don’t mind sharing our experiences.  You can have your dream if you want it. Take care and good luck.

    in reply to: Want to go off-grid by May 2013 #67298
    LivingitNow
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    Hey Leahh…I don’t mind sharing specifics with you but don’t want to do it on this public site.  Again, my email address is redwateracres@yahoo.com.  Please contact me there. Thanks.

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