Work Like a Peasant, Live Like a King

By , June 19, 2017

As we complete our eleventh year of residence on our homestead, I recall a motto we adopted early on: “work like a peasant, live like a king.”

From the very beginning, the strange dichotomy of our life became apparent. We deliberately, voluntarily reduced our quality of life in order to improve it. We dedicated ourselves to a new lifestyle, economy, and condition set—a new paradigm, if you will—that recasts us almost literally as peasants. Yet, by doing so, we live like kings!

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Too Close for Comfort!

By , June 16, 2017

Aly made an extremely disturbing discovery Thursday: scorch marks on the cabin!

A couple months ago, I found a jug of partly full of white vinegar washed up on the beach. At the time, this seemed a valuable find; we use white vinegar often, so we welcomed this free windfall.

I transferred the liquid to a glass jug and set it on the shelf outside the front door. As it had been in the ocean for an unknown time, we kept it separate from our other vinegar, and limited its use to cleaning. We soon learned that it was contaminated with sea water, which reduced its usefulness, prolonging its stay on the shelf. It didn’t seem to do any harm there, and got seen often, to remind us to use it.

“Didn’t seem” is the operative phrase here. As Aly discovered, it could have destroyed us utterly.

Sunlight through liquid in jug scorches cabin wall

Scorch marks, and the jug that caused them (Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger).

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