Tuesday, 11 March 2014

An Ending and a Beginning

I've been putting this post off for a long time. At first I thought I wouldn't have to make it. Surely the doctors would come up with a solution. Nope, it wasn't to be, so here I go.

Last year I started to run into a few medical problems. Nothing that I thought was serious. During a routine medical exam my doctor noticed something not quite right and actually called me personally, twice, during a time when she knew I was out of the country. That kinda worried me but she assured me it was just something that needed to be followed up on and I shouldn't be too concerned. OK...  A doctor telling you not to worry is kinda like a cat being told not to chase a red dot. Suffice to say things went downwards from there. So far I've seen five different doctors and had more medical tests than I care to count and still there are more to go. The bottom line is this, at least the way I understand it.....  I'm not dying, well at least not yet, but I will never be back to my normal self again. In fact, life as I know it is pretty much over.

So, there it is in black and white. No sense crying about it, nothing to be done but move forward and see where it goes. Which comes to the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Sell our much loved homestead. If you've been following along on our journey you know we've had some amazing times and lots of fun but since I can no longer live that life I have to let it go. So, I am....

If you know of someone who is looking to live an off grid lifestyle, who isn't afraid of getting their hands in the dirt and doesn't mind the winters let them know of this opportunity. Just because my dream is ending doesn't mean it can't be starting for someone else.

It's someone else's turn to enjoy this beautiful spot.


  1. Every now and then I checked your blog to see if you would give a live sign....and now this.
    I am SO sorry for you and your husband. Someone in another part of the world thinks of you and wishes you all the luck and all the best!
    Wendy from the Netherlands

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  2. I just found your blog ( you are probably going to get many comments like that, there are so many of us looking for ways and ideas to leave the rat race) and have enjoyed reading about your adventure. I hope you can continue as much of your lifestyle that your new limitations will allow. Your writings have inspired me. Only recently, my husband and I have decided to move from the expensive city to out in the country somewhere. We are doing what you did, research and lots of it. But, like you, we don't have much of a plan. We're working on it! lol! I am considering bloging about it myself, but really don't know where to start! (and my camera just broke! ahh!)
    Thanks for sharing you life, and may you and Mountain Man have much happiness.
    Mama Geddis
    P.S. If you feel up to it, I am not one to turn away advice from someone who has been there. ;)

  3. Dear Glo, want to tell u there is life after diagnosis of chronic illness. Ive lived 24 yrs now w/chronic illness &pain. I still garden, can, & enjoy my kids & grandkids. Ive recently been diagnosed w/additional health issues but am at early stage of discovery. You r in my thoughts&prayers. Im a Minnesota girl at heart tho I live for now in IN. I know well the long cold winters u speak of. Your homestead is beautiful and if we werent 62 would consider it. If still available I will pass on your sale info. Wishing you many more sunrises & peaceful days. Chris in Indiana.

  4. Sweet Glo,

    I'm sorry you're going through all of this not knowing what's going on, and feeling ill.
    I pray you receive a diagnoses, and things will be easier instead of difficult. Your homestead is a beautiful homestead, I just wish you could stay there. I'm keeping you close to my heart and in my prayers.
    Your Friend,

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  6. I hope and pray that you are doing well. Miss you.


  8. Just now finding this out! I've checked in periodically to see where things went, so sorry to hear that you must put aside your dream. I hope all is well with you. I always felt like we blogged together! _ Jessica @ Mosquito Creek Farm

  9. Heidi from earthineeer25 December 2015 at 20:42

    Miss you, wishing you could update.....

  10. You all are so inspiring.

    My husband and I would love to life as much off the grid as we can one day and are taking steps to investigate how we can begin by using solar power to fuel the small Bnb we have outside New York City.

    Thanks for inspiring us.
    Living sustainably off $100/week and rent free in NYC.

  11. Sorry to hear that. I'm not sure if you're able to see comments that are posted here now or if they even show up now but I thought I'd mention this just in case you could. If you haven't already, mention to the doctors about the Palmolive/bleach thing. It can cause long-term health effects that you may not be aware of.

    That's actually how I found your blog. I was responding to someone else on another site who said her mom taught her to do dishes by using dishwashing liquid & bleach and remembering that I knew that was a bad idea but couldn't remember exactly why. Read your post and thought, "Oh, that's right, chlorine gas."

    Then I saw that within less than a month of that post you stopped posting completely and your next post was about a year and half later and mentioned several health issues. I'm not sure what your health issues are (and I'm not asking because it's none of my business), but I recalled that there's no antidote for chlorine gas exposure and it can cause neurophysiological and neuropsychological issues for years after exposure. So I thought I'd mention it just in case bringing it up to the docs might help them treat whatever issues you have.

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