DH, the Bug and I are soon to be living "the good life"! We are renting to own (at the moment, lol) a sweet little place. Needs alot of work, but we are slowly making progress. DH has pulled down the damaged drywall and ceiling panels in our room to reveal gorgeous wood walls and slat wood ceilings (I think that's what they are called, lol). Then he pulled up the nasty pink carpet only to find a perfect wood floor! Anyway, we've got lots of room for the Bug to run and play (along with Sami Jo the lapdog boxer). A nice big area in the corner of the lot for my chickens (next year, I hope). I have a small garden planted for this year and a bigger one planned for next. We're on grid with the electric only (well, the phone too). Water is provided by a small spring that doubles as a splash pool for the Bug during the heat. Springhouse is nice and cool and in excellent condition (gotta check on the age/condition of the pump though). Heat is woodstove, we'll supplement with kerosene if needed. Our landlord is going to let us pasture a couple of head of cattle with his in exchange for DH helping him re-fence the pasture. Later on (in a year or so) we're going to buy the house and 2 acres that it is on. Then in another year, a couple more acres behind us. I've been out and about in the woods to check the area. Lots of wild strawberries, blackberries and game! Just had to share with you all! We've finally gotten our own little slice of heaven (not officially ours, but you get the idea)!!