I think I have mentioned that we bought our house the very last month of the housing 'exuberance'. The very next month the prices began to fall. And they have fallen very, very far. In order to leave here, we need to get rid of this house. We will never be able to sell it for what we owe. Not even close. So, we are thinking of alternatives.
One option that we are considering, is to downsize and live in a yurt with no running water and an outhouse.
But we are thinking of reducing our housing expenses by living in our camper for awhile. Then we could save up enough to pay someone to take the house off our hands. Maybe a slightly bigger camper than the one we currently have, but not much bigger. Probably a total of 350 square feet of living space.
People in big cities around the world live in smaller places, so I think we can too. But it will take some adjustments.
For instance, I will have to stop buying things, because there will be no room to put anything extra. So no need to clip the coupon for Jo-Ann that comes in the Sunday paper. No shopping for yarn or fabric, and no craft books from the thrift store. Everything except the essentials would be stored for the duration.
And we will have to only buy food that we intend to eat within a few days.
I would have room for my little featherweight, and maybe a small box of fat quarters and another one of solid color fabrics. I am thinking that I could transfer embroidery designs to a few dozen squares of flour sack fabric and keep busy with embroidery.
And then we decide that it does not make sense, financially, to do it.
Then, one of us will say, "something else we could think about..." and off we go again, planning and trying to foresee the future.
It has been one of those things that crowds out any creative impulses, so I haven't had anything to share, lately. And, we still have more 'looking into' ahead, so it might be awhile.
So, here is a little chicken family that we saw at a car show in California.
Just something to get off the topic!
Just Mom, Dad, and the kids, enjoying a day in the park!
Teaching the kids which bugs are tasty!
And taking turns at keeping watch.
Maybe we could have chickens if we lived in the yurt...