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I am a single mom of four trying to keep ahead of the ball game. Although the ball games are starting to get less and less, we are still busy! The kids are now 25, 23, 19, and 15 and life is still rolling! I also have three grandbabies now too! I do have a significant other and you will hear about him from time to time because he is a lot better at construction than I am!

For this blog, I have four main areas I like to cover: frugal living/saving money, prepping, homesteading, and self-sufficiency. I try to keep the posts focused on those four areas, but I have been known to get off-topic and talk about political issues, parenting, and complete randomness. However, I believe truly that those four areas are the most important and intertwined with each other. 

I love to garden, raise kids and chickens, be outside in the summer, read books, do needlework, and tackle my never-ending list of projects. I am passionate about people raising their own food. I love to take worthless items and make them worth something again. I love living in the country and never want to live in town again. 

Thank you for visiting this blog! It means a lot to me and I want to share what I know, what I am learning, and my mistakes with you all so you can learn along with me. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, share posts, and let others know about Living Life In Rural Iowa.

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  1. What a beautiful place you live in!

  2. Hi, Erica. I am so enjoying your website. As your eldest child is 25, I'm guessing you are around 45ish. My husband and I live on a 106 acre farm in south west Western Australia, and we are both 73. We have about 60 sheep and over 900 olive trees. We are doing well in the new Covid world as we are quite removed from populations and basically live on Social Security (we're dual US/Aussie citizens). We already do a lot of the things you talk about on the site but we don't raise all our food. We do, however, have a lifetime supply of olive oil 😉😁. Very useful in oil lamps when the power goes off (frequently, every time high winds kick up!). At our age, we are struggling with pressures to either stay on the farm or move into town. After all these years, I don't think I could bear to live cheek by jowl with a lot of people. Even the thought of a nursing home makes me wake up in a sweat! Since 2017 I developed rheumatoid arthritis and congestive heart failure. A pacemaker/defibrillator has my heart chugging along like The Little Egine that Could, but the RA is another thing altogether. Exhaustion is my new reality. Hubby does all the farm work, all the cooking and grocery shopping. He's quite fit for an old dude 😁. I do laundry, mending and various homemaking stuff, and fix things. I love making, building, and repairing things. Old blown out farm jeans never die. They get cut up into patches for the newer pairs. My friends laugh at my husband's work pants that have overlapping patches, often in jean material of a different color. All the power tools in the garage and sheds except for the chain saw, are all mine. I used to buy tools without telling him because if I asked, he'd say, we don't need that. But after a few years of that, he'd walk into the room and say, Honey, I don't suppose we might have a power sander around here somewhere? And of course, I did have one he didn't know about - hidden under the bed. One router lived under the bed for 6 years! Sometimes he'd say, Oh, how long have we had this? And I'd say, Oh, we've had it for ages! (Totally true!). When I'm too tired to work or in pain, I amuse myself playing guitar, mountain dulcimer and/or harmonica.

    Friends and my GP pressure us to move into town, but I really do wonder if staying here til one of us keels over isn't a better option. Quality of life is everything.

  3. Quality of life is better than quantity. I envy your hard work and determination. You both are very blessed!


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