I love my house, I love my neighborhood. We are lucky, lucky, lucky to have such sweet neighbors and live next to a park and have a great old house with a great old porch. Still, as I try to downsize and simplify, I can't help but dream of things like this Hobbit House. Our friends Charity and Derek just sold their house (not too far from us which makes us very sad) and are planning on building something on their land about 30 minutes away. I am excited to see what they come up with and hopefully help them. Rob and I toured a yurt house a few years ago which belonged to a family in my local parenting group. It was quite the setup and even had a "basement". I am very interested in "alternative" housing, but I don't know if we could do it. I would have to rent a Hobbit House for a while first.
The boys like to say their aunt is "homeless" and they are right in a way, but not the traditional way people think of homeless people. My sister is a person of many talents and right now she is getting her PhD in Library and Information Science, is a local activist (peace and justice causes mainly), and she house/pet sits for people full-time. She is so busy with her house/pet sitting that she doesn't need to have a place of her own and hasn't for years. If she is in between jobs she can and does stay with us, our dad, or her boyfriend, but that is pretty rare. It is good work if you can get it (as Rob likes to say), but there is a price too. It would be hard to not have a home-base or a place to store your stuff, but this is where the positives come out...you end up not having much stuff. She has a little car which gets great gas mileage and she can pretty much move from place to place with her little truck. There is definitely something to be said for this. She doesn't have to pay rent or a mortgage, she doesn't have to worry about painting the house, repairing the roof, redoing the kitchen. She lives in a small enough town that she still has community while hopping from house to house and being in a college town she ends up in the same houses quite often year after year, sometimes for months at a time. Still, I wonder how she does it. She doesn't have any children...this makes one lighter on their feet and the planet, but I still think it would be tough for me. We stayed at one of her regular houses the other day and took care of the plants and it was nice, but it is still nice to come home and be in our place with our stuff. It is something to think about as we try to get down to what is really important and needed as far as material things is concerned.
Sorry for my ramblings...just working through my stuff.