Today marks the 10 anniversary of our move to the Zeiger Family Homestead.
None of us can quite believe that we’ve been here a full decade now. Originally, we swore to give it 3 years, or 5. Both milestones, and the years since, seemed to fly by. Apparently, we’ve made the right decision. The great risk brought great reward!
Our sense of time has certainly warped and stretched, though. We think of events in our former home, Juneau, as having just happened, but also feel like we’ve only ever lived here in this way.
We are totally absorbed in the lifestyle, with no thoughts of moving on, or seeking new adventures elsewhere. Relatives ask if we’re planning to travel south soon; our immediate, most basic response is always “why would we?” This is where we live, and where we belong!
Unfortunately, as the anniversary clearly demonstrates, time does march on, and we face the perils of aging in place. Each year the physical work of the homestead gets a little harder. The day will come when it becomes too much. We have faced the constant risk of catastrophic injury for the past decade. Those risks will only increase in the decades to come. All we can do is be careful, keep ourselves healthy, and carry on (see Living on the Edge: Security Through Insecurity).
Even for such a milestone, we’ll likely celebrate our simple life landmark in typically simple fashion. Michelle’s home for the rest of the week on a “staycation,” (after all, it’s Reserve Week) but Aly has to work. Without Michelle’s commute to provide her transportation, Aly will likely ride her bike home, although I’m standing by to run out and whisk her home before this evening’s tide if things don’t go as planned. As is our way, we’ll have a nice dinner, most likely featuring fresh picked mushrooms, garden produce, and homemade wine. If I can, I’ll catch a fish for the main course.
As we’ve done for the past decade, we’ll take things as they come, and make the best of them. And, as we have for the last 10 years, we’ll do it with joyful hearts!