In November I moved off the farm and into a cabin in the woods on the opposite side of town for the winter. The cabin is one room, small (12′ x 17′) and about 6 miles from Viroqua on 5 acres of wooded ridge land. My water comes from a well pump about 100 feet from my door and my bathroom is an outhouse about 20 feet away. Despite not having water, I have electricity, wireless internet, and a landline. My heat comes from beautiful and efficient woodstove and my food is cooked on the gas stove. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
After my work/study position ended with the Drifltess Folk School I applied for and got the job of Administrative Coordinator. For now it means that I am in charge of registrations and publicity and this summer I will also be coordinating the work/study program. Sometimes it is stressful but in general it has been a ton of fun. We are currently seeking new instructors for our upcoming catalog so if you are reading this and have some skills you want to teach then let me know. I plan on teach a couple classes myself this time!
Besides folk school stuff I have also been teaching chemistry to juniors at the local waldorf high school. The experience has been very eye opening. I went from knowing very little about Chemistry to feeling like I have been teaching it for years! I would love to teach an ecology, humanities, or outdoor class with them but for now Chemistry is excellent. Next week is my final week teaching and the students are giving presentations. They made me promise that we would have at least one explosion and one baking day.
In my free time I have been embroidering gnomes, drinking copious amounts of tea, eating my pickled goodies from the summer, spending hours at the food co-op and/or cafe, hanging out with friends, and baking lots and lots of bread. I have also been doing a lot of pleasure reading and garden dreaming/planning.
My time in the cabin is up the first week in late March and I am currently on the hunt for my next place to live. I want it to be close to town but with enough space to hold some folk school classes, have a large vegetable garden, and have chickens. Where I am now I rely a lot on my neighbors to drive me into town and for my next place I want to be within biking distance. Money is tight but maybe I can throw in a box of vegetables and eggs for rent reduction!
Now that I have filled in some of the blanks on what has been happening in my life, I plan to continue updating regularly about my adventures in rural living. Enjoy!