Thursday, August 29, 2019

Digital Settler (not #vanlife)

I have lately heard the term "digital nomad". Apparently this is someone who can work remotely and takes it to another level, working around the country as they travel. I had a moment of fleeting envy as I thought: I could totally do this! And then, reality: I have pets, and a husband. (Some people take both along with them. Trust me, this would not work well.)

And I kind of like not having to find gas station bathrooms, wondering where I will sleep, and having all of my stuff. I lived the nomad life all through my twenties, though I had a job, I just changed it every 6 months. It gets old, at least it did for me.

So, we paid off the Love Shack, or the Chalet, or the A Frame, or the Country Home, whatever you want to call it, last week. Don't get too jealous. This is a very rustic dwelling that inhabits the occasional mouse. We don't have a water bill, but we have to flip a switch when we want running water. I shudder to think what is under the questionable carpet. This place was built by hippies in 1965 and looks it. 

But, it's mine (and his). I've never actually owned a house before; several banks have owned mine in the past. And I still give half a month's salary to the City Home, a slightly more civilized log cabin that serves as my office and other place to store stuff. (Did I mention that the Country Home is supposed to be 640 square feet but I think it is more like 400?)

So I am not a digital nomad. I am a digital settler. I'm not going to be fixing up a Sprinter Van anytime soon. This is not what I imagined my life to be as a twenty year old traveling the interstates of America, determined never to settle down.  

But... I have raspberries. I have a secret creek swimming hole. I have a dog. And someone who likes it when I stay home. The wind in my hair is still a powerful tug, but I'm here. In my paid off shack!
Try not to be too jealous of this fine piece of architecture.

9 comments:

  1. I had created a mental picture of your cabin. It was traditional in style. This is wonderful to bring the outside in. Is it difficult to keep heated?

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    1. This one is very small, so no. I also have a traditional looking log cabin that does not hold heat very well. But it's cute.

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  2. Congratulations!
    A-frames remind me of Colorado (where I grew up). Great funky character.
    Having lived in 80 sq ft for 4 years, well perhaps 120 sq ft when you add in the porch/cooking area I framed in on the front, and hauled my water, and LOVED it, 400 sq ft sounds luxurious, but add in dogs and husband and space shrinks exponentially- and I think that's because it's more than physical space you lose...
    But it's a step forward! Yay.
    We just got a water pump and solar panels installed at our spring yesterday - Water!!

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    1. Oh nice, solar. When are you building? I do agree it is not just physical space that shrinks..

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  3. Congratulations! Love the look of your home!

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  4. I'm totally jealous. Someday I'll have a cabin...and a Sprinter van. Settled when I want to be, nomadic when I'm feeling it. Still determining if it's before or after our current 6 year old is at college.

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  5. Congrats on your home ownership. My feelings are similar to yours. There's an intriguing element to mobile lifestyles, but ultimately I need a "safe place" to retreat. Spending a few weeks away from home always further reveals this aspect of myself. The thought of having to figure out new places to simply conduct your life maintenance each and every week is terrifying. Also, driving and parking large vehicles. Nope.

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  6. As nomadic as I've been the last 5 years I'm still not interested in living in a van not carting my stuff with me. I like having a home base although not necessarily the one I currently have. I'll keep living out of my CR-V and backpack while vagabonding. Your town home is cozy and wonderful. I can't imagine keeping up two homes. I dreamt of a weekend retreat when I was working until I thought of upkeep. Owning outright is a great feeling! Too bad I'm still saddled with a hefty HOA fee.

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  7. I now have a very expensive Sprinter van that I bought as a dog sports enabler. It's great for that and I do camp in it sometimes. But would I EVERRRRR want to full time in this thing? NO WAY. I love owning my own home that doesn't require that I boondock or stealth on a side street or pay $40 for a depressing RV park. I sleep very well in the van but I'm always happy to be home in a normal house. I have the best of both worlds but if I had to choose one it would be home ownership. Congrats!

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