The thread on "living simply" made me laugh. I love our cabin in the woods; I love being out of the city; but to say "we've simplified" - I don't think so!! In the city, heating our home meant I flicked the thermostat on the wall. Now it means buying a chainsaw, learning to use it, learning about "woodlot management", days and days of cutting and splitting wood, trying to figure out how much we'll need for the winter, cleaning the chimney, and on and on. In the city, taking care of pets meant tossing a bag of dog chow in the cart and an occasional trip to the vet. Now I'm building stalls for horses. Learning about electric fence, putting up fences, putting up hay, making trips to the feed store for grain and to the sawmill for bedding, and on and on. In the city, lawn care meant a few passes with the Lawnboy and a few minutes with the weedwhacker. Now I'm learning to fix and repair the tractor. Gotta get the garden tilled and planted. Prune the trees. Fix the driveway where it washed out. Put up more fence. Seed a pasture. And on and on. This past year I have studied more, learned more and worked harder than I have in at least 10 years. I'm a city kid and I often feel like I'm in way over my head! It's a great adventure and I'm loving it! I just don't think it's "simple".