Saturday, October 30, 2010

25 to 1.5 Equals 230

It's kinda done.  Or starting to be done, at least.  Offered and accepted, I'm under contract to buy a house about 2/3 of the way into town from my current house.  The property is 1-1/2 acres, which is unusual that close in, but the housing crunch benefits us buyers and my lowball offer was accepted after a short negotiation.

The key part is that my commute will be about 1/3 of what it was.  I'll do the math for you: it takes me 45 minutes to get to work in the morning now.  It will take me 15. That's an hour a day saved.  I drive to work about 230 days a year, so there's 230 hours right there.  Ta Dah!

It's very close to things I want to do, so I anticipate being less alone than I currently am.  The yard is garden-able, there is space for Maggie to run.  Desmond, who can't go up more than one step will be a problem here, but there are non-wonderful optons so that he can at least live out his days with me, continuing to sleep 23+ hours a day.  My current plan is to put my rocky 25 acres on the market soon.  Anyone want a breezy hilltop house built on 25 acres of rocky goodness? Not even if it's got blueberries, apples and cherries, I mean crabapples?  Onset of winter is a bad time to sell a house that requires 4-wheel drive on snowy days to even look at.  The realtor wouldn't even be able to get here, ha, ha!  If it doesn't sell, I could rent it out.

Thanks for the support yesterday!  It felt a little wierd a few months ago when I realized that I'm more comfortable in a sketchy city neighborhood than in a sketchy country 'hood.  I paused for quite a while on writing about it because I wasn't sure about the reaction of folks that "met" me when all I was writing about was learning to homestead.  I'm humbled.


  1. One and a half acres sounds just perfect! This is all happening so fast that it seems like it was meant to be. I am so happy for you, Jordan. I can sense through your writing the lightness, relief, eagerness, and joy you're feeling now.

    Okay, pictures, please. Can't wait to hear more about it all. :o)

  2. Yea!! Congratulations. If it's not a good fit, you gotta do something about it. I'm proud of you.

  3. It's ok to say I made a mistake - you tried and it didn't work out! You learn from your experiences and carry them into your next adventure. You can still homestead on a smaller scale. Good Luck in your new place.

  4. I am so excited for you! I look forward to following your new adventures.

  5. And think how nice it will be to move into a house that (I assume) doesn't need the renovations your current house did just to be warm in the winter!

  6. Good for you, Jordan. Life is too short to continue in a place that does not make you happy or fit your needs. I hope the move goes as smoothly as possible and that you find contentment in the new place. Heck, with all the extra hours you will have, you're bound to be more able to do more of the things that you want to do. Your life; your decision. Go for it!

  7. 230 hours!! what adventures in knitting and sewing and DIY and cheese making and who knows what else you can tinker with, when you don't have to concentrate on not freezing all winter. I'm around 2 acres and I have alot of options with this space...I really should find a place to plant my pear tree before snow, though... :o)

  8. Jordan
    I am glad you are finding someplace that fits you better... Life out in the sticks is not for everyone.. and it takes a bold strong woman to admit it.. and I admire you for doing what makes YOU happy.. what makes you feel Safe and comfortable with YOUR LIFE.. cuz.. after all.. It is YOUR LIFE. I am looking forward to hearing any new adventures you decide to share.. I would hate to think that once again I would lose interesting people because they move.. and I stay.
    Good Luck in everything and to Hell with what naysayers say!!