Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We are not normal. Either!

I have been meaning to write a post on this topic for a while now - ever since I read Kevin and Ruth's post 'We are not normal.'  As I read it and realized that we were very similar it dawned on me that we are not normal!

WE are NOT normal?!

Actually, I did know that. Derek and I, and Cassia by default, are not normal and we are not living a normal life.

This topic maybe a bit out of the ordinary from this blog but actually it shouldn't be. When I began this blog and chose a name for it - I meant for it to be about HOW we live - HOW and WHY we keep things simple. It has been mainly about travel for the last five months because well - that's what our life has been about.

It hasn't been just about travel - I mean throughout we have been living - buying, making, shopping etc. I really should have been talking about those things also along the way - but well - there are only so many hours in the day - right?

Especially with a toddler.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

It would be best if you went and read Kevin and Ruth's post first......I'll wait - go ahead do it now...

Good post - right?!

Ok - so we don't do any of those things either! notta one - nope - nothing

1. Television - we don't have one either - we haven't had a BIG TV (as in our 42" plasma) and cable since 2008, we did have a little TV in 2010 for a bit but with 2 channels - since then we haven't had one at all. The only TV viewing we do is when we are at friends or family. (I have a whole blog post in me for that one - I'll do that soonish - TV or no TV for Cassia - it's a tricky matter!)

2. Microwave - we don't OWN a microwave. We certainly don't have one in the trailer but there is one at the cabin that we live in. I can't say that I have never used it but I RARELY use it - this summer I may put it in storage to ensure that I'm not tempted to use it.

3. Hot Water Heater - we have one in the trailer too but it has NEVER been used - by us or the previous owner.

4. Restaurants - same - occasional. Man if we had the dough we'd probably eat out EVERY SINGLE MEAL. We LOVE eating out if the restaurant is good. But living a life made simple and with a very small budget, eating out at restaurants was one of the first casualties. Yes, you will see that we ate in restaurants on this trip but we saved it for special places and really out of our $15,000 or so spent, the eating out bill was probably about $300 - not bad.

5. We don't tow a vehicle - well this one doesn't apply to us but if we had a motorhome like K&R do we wouldn't tow either.

6. RV Parks? nope not for us either. We equate RV parks with the suburbs - we don't do suburbs either. We rarely pay to park while on the road, if we do we go to State Parks - at least we usually get a little more nature and space then in the private parks.

That's a good list - but I can do better in the not normal department....I'll continue...

7. We don't have a gps - this one really gets people I think because we travel so much - anyone ever hear of a map?

8. We don't have cell phones - WHAT? NO CELLPHONES? nope! I guess we are for sure the only ones in our age group or any age group below us! The only other group without cell phones these days are probably the 80+.

9. We don't shop for entertainment - We go shopping out of necessity. We don't see it as a way to whittle away an afternoon or evening. IN and OUT is our philosophy. Yes, there are times that we get tripped up on something new and flashing - but a few shakes of our heads and we are back on track.

10. We don't buy much 'stuff' and we rarely buy 'new' - ok - we do buy stuff and we do buy new BUT only on things we have to. For instance, Cassia has had very very few new clothes - not none - but pretty much none bought by us. She is our second hand sally - the other day I bought her 2 new shirts - nice ones - no rips or stains - for $1 and you already saw the beautiful summer dress I bought for 75¢.

11. We don't buy paper towels - by this I mean we don't buy things that we see as a waste of money - paper towels and the list goes on and on. One of the things that bothers me about travel is that I can't make as many things homemade as I would like. Due to some time but mostly space and equipment restraints I buy things like canned refried beans, hummus, pita chips, and baked goods and the list goes on. Part of living a life made simple means making things from scratch. That's not simple you say! True - but it is cheap and cheap is good!

I have recently found some great 'homemade' products such as toothpaste and beauty products as well as food items on pinterest (LOVE LOVE LOVE pinterest - just a slight addiction there) - I can't WAIT to get to the cabin to start making!

12. We don't use credit cards - we don't like them and they don't like us. It was an unhealthy relationship so we ended it. Try it - you'll like it too!

13. WE DON'T OWN A HOUSE - and we don't pay rent. This doesn't really make us abnormal among the full timing set but it does make us not normal among our age group for sure!

Preaching? Nope - do what you want - REALLY.

If your way of life makes you happy and is stress free and all the rest - go with it. For us - keeping things simple so that life doesn't get too complicated, too expensive and too hard makes us happy!

Thanks for sticking around even without all the fancy travel pics!

Teresa

Today's Interesting Link: OK - today's link is a doozy! Please please please watch this video - Consuming Kids - The Commercialization of Childhood.  It is important to all of us! Not to toot my own horn - ok - I'm tooting - but I have known about this problem for awhile now and we are doing our best to shelter Cassia from this as much as we can, for as long as we can. 


We live in troubling times - don't we? 

12 comments:

  1. Very interesting! Thanks for the link, too. This is a good subject for a post, and helps your readers know you better.

    I reviewed Kevin and Ruth's list, and the only difference is that we do tow a vehicle. The microwave went to the BLM curb this week, and now we stow groceries there.

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    1. Good that you are no longer using the microwave - not good for you! Thanks!

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  2. We sure do wish we had a propane oven, we never gave it much thought when we first bought our travel trailer, now we realize how much we miss having an oven. We had to adapt our grocery shopping this year due to the failure of our propane fridge last year, we used a cooler and blocks of ice. Derek alifemadesimple.

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  3. Great post guys !! One of my favorite sayings is - "You don't own things, things own you !"
    I know what you mean about the commercialization of kids. It really is a crying shame how we allow ourselves to be brain washed, and now we are letting other entities manipulate our families, through our children.
    Even though it seems overwhelming, all we can really do is raise our children the best we know how, and ask for a little help from above !!
    We are very thankful that Cassia has such concerned parents ... ;-
    Take care ... TnT

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    1. Yup - that's what we are doing - the best we know how! Thanks TnT

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  4. In the same spirit as TnT... "The best thing in life, isn't things!"

    Also, it is not you that is not normal it's them :))

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    1. LOL soooooo true Richard - they are NOT normal!

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  5. That is what drew me to your site to start with---SIMPLE living! When I went for the simple life, less complicated, less possessions, less stress, less obligations, yours was one of the first sites I found.....And I'm so glad I did! Never go back to the "normal" ways...simplicity is where its at!

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  6. Exactly Blacksheep! Ah sometimes hard to stay simple - we are at a bit of a crossroads now - I'll blog on that soon. No blog posts for a week or so as Cassia and I are headed over to see my mom for a week and no wifi! Stay tuned - I have lots of simple things to talk about this summer!

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  7. I understand your worries with Cassia and fear of over-exposing her to the stuff they put on TV and in the media these days. I've always wondered how I would handle that with my kids in the future. You're living the right lifestyle for you and your family. I wish I could find a way to make things more simple in my life. Best wishes, and happy travels.

    Clara
    Campgrounds

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    1. Thanks Cara! I hope you can find ways to make it more simple also - in the future I'll pass along some really good websites that offer suggestions. If we can do it - so can you!

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  8. Hey! I can notice that you undoubtedly understand what you are speaking about over here. Do you own a degree or an education which is somehow connected with the topic of this blog article? Can't wait to hear from you.

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