Unplugged and Alive!

With my infrequency of posts lately, you’d think we must have unplugged, built our sustainable homestead and gone off the grid.  Well, we are pretty much off the grid – no internet, no TV and one bar of signal on the cell phone when you press it up to the window.  But in our sustainable homestead we are not.  We are in our current rental in Heathcote, Ontario…..recently referred to as “pioneer village”.

We knew we weren’t going to have internet when we moved in, but we didn’t know it would be difficult to actually get it if we wanted it.  (Being the hipsies we are, we also secretly hoped that there would be a wireless signal floating about our neighborhood that we could catch through a window).  And then came the conversation of “do we actually want it?”.  Our time in our disconnected home has been sooo restful and meaningful without the easy distractions of television and internet.  We spend our free time lounging around the fire, connecting, cooking, eating and reading.  I find the house is tidier and cleaner because I don’t feel pressed to be doing work when I’m home (because I can’t really do much without the world wide web), thus I’ll take the time to do the dishes, laundry etc.  It’s like we live at the cottage.  The place where people go to relax.  Shouldn’t that be our homes?

Our internet options are either a “turbo hub” that’s plugs into the wall and charges us by the megabyte….or dial-up.  Some of our neighbours are on dial-up.  But it would take me the same amount of time to drive to the library for free high speed as it would to upload one email on dial-up.  Some neighbours tried the satellite route and had to dismantle it because it was so expensive.  Some neighbours are fighting hard to have high speed/cable internet brought to our neighborhood (apparently the lines end just down the road from the entrance to Heathcote).  And some neighbours don’t want it.

We are saving ourselves an upfront cost of $175 and likely $80/mth. I’m not sure I’d make that money back in productivity even.  Lots of my work involves communicating and writing on the computer, but I seem to keep up just fine without internet at home.

When we first moved in, I thought I was going to bend over backwards to get the internet in our place and now I’ve adapted and am enjoying life without it.  This lesson could be extended to many things in our lives such as convenience foods, cars, a certain item of clothing, cell phones etc.  The possibilities of things we could do without is endless! Maybe even….well…no…maybe not.  No, not chocolate.

We are living unplugged and off the e-grid...."It's like you're in Pioneer Village" a friend described.

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