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My life has been kind of odd and downright painful from the very beginning, but right now I’m truly enjoying a stretch of peace. I’m broke. I live with my two grown offspring and two large dogs. Here’s where I come from.
By merging our finances a bit, we were able to buy a decent house together. Our furniture is kind of college dorm stuff, but we’ll upgrade as soon as the IRS quits taking every penny we manage to save. The neighbors are nice, although they seem to think of us in terms of hillbillies and rednecks.
To a large degree, they’re correct.
As a family, we tend to despise HOAs. Now they told us there was no HOA when we chose this house. What they didn’t tell us until during closing is that there’s a Neighborhood Association that is basically an HOA. It’s run by a real estate agent who lives on the next block. She has a stern determination and an iron fist. This neighborhood will grow in value or she’ll have somebody’s head!
I certainly want my home to increase in value, but I really believe that having vegetables growing in the lawn is attractive, if the area is kept weeded. I also have no objection to a few chickens in the backyard, as long as the coop is kept clean and is attractively built.
I’m a fierce believer in these things. I’m also a lone believer in these things, at least at home. My kids pat me on the head and console me while trying to hide their gratitude for the current HOA rules. Oh well.
Seriously, I have a drive to learn how to do things myself, as opposed to simply purchasing something from the factory. I prefer quiet hand-worked appliances, as opposed to loud motor-driven tools and appliances. I love hand-crafted items, especially if they have a true use and are not simply decorative. I like to create the things I need, if I can reasonably do so.
And yet, I adore my computer. Hmmm. So I am self-contradictory.
This is interesting. I sat down to write this, with no real plan of subject or message. I thought I might introduce myself to you, and I wanted to do this without too much polishing or withholding. I do hope you find this somewhat interesting.
I personally find it downright fascinating.
I’m introducing myself to my own life schema – my inner life plan, I guess you would call it. These are things I’d never codified into words. I didn’t even really realize that all these things were there inside my mind. This overall writing thing just may turn into an enjoyable and (mentally) profitable journey.
As I said to Offspring #1 a few years ago (totally confusing the poor youngster), “Cool beans!”