• Simple Living, Back to Basics, Self-Sufficient

    Crocks 1Hello Everyone,

    About eight years ago my Husband and I moved back home! Which meant moving from sunny southern California back to Missouri. We knew when we moved back we wanted to move out away from the city on a small piece of land! So we found a great little place that had six acres with a place to plant fruit and nut-trees, a garden and raise some chickens and maybe someday have other animals too! We’ve since put up a small greenhouse, planted Black Walnut tree, Plum Trees, Peach Trees, Pear Trees and Pecan Trees. Each year we have had a garden and it seems to grow as we find something more we want to add to our diet.

    Over time I have become a member of a wonderful group of Farmers and Homesteader and Back to Basic kind of people! Gotten to know some local farmers and joined the social media folks who also have joined the “Simple living, Back to basic, Self sufficient movement”. I truly love this community.

    On my social media sites I asked the question of what the terms of Simple Life, Back to Basics, Self-Sufficient, mean to them! It means a variety of things to different people and it depends on where you live and your life circumstances! Here is the list from readers and my opinion.

    Readers List:

    • Raising backyard chickens to collect eggs, to grow your own garden to eat food you know where it comes from!
    • Sewing at home – whether in the city or country side
    • Potted Herb gardens on the balcony of your apartment
    • Milking your own cow
    • Cooking from scratch
    • Making your own butter
    • Simple living is living without Frills (google-meaning:
      an unnecessary extra feature or embellishment.
      “it was just a comfortable apartment with no frills”
    • Back to Basics Cutting out the unnecessary
    • Self Sufficient Growing your own-making your own
    • Preserving the harvest – canning, dehydrating, freezing

    For me there is nothing better than sitting on the back porch listening to the chickens chick chick chick and hearing the rooster crow in the wee hours of the morning, drinking a cup of coffee or a cold glass of iced tea, depending on what time of day it is.  Watching the dogs chase around the yard! Yes growing a garden and preserving the harvest, what yummy goodness a fresh picked tomato is right off the vine!  A home cooked meal from scratch, nothing like the smell of a good meal wafting through the house! Oh and the smell of fresh-cut hay from the fields and watching the bails be formed, knowing that the grass-fed beef you have in your freezer has eaten from your own pasture!

    So many ways to make things simple, so many ways to get back to the basics and have a no frills kind of life. The basics to me is a roof over your head, a good meal cooked at home, and a happy family!

    Yes Simple Living, Back to Basics and Self-Sufficiency is different for different people. That is what makes it so great!

    Please leave your kind comments below and tell us what it means to you.

    Thank you so much for reading! Please come back and visit often. 🙂


One Responseso far.

  1. Andie says:

    I love how self sufficiency means so many different things to so many.Really lovely article.

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