Even living in rural Appalachia, we get comments about choosing to live where we have. Some folks seem impressed, some think we are weird or crazy, others worry about us. But, we have found home. It is here off-grid, in solitude. It is near to perfect.
My mother’s and step-father’s preacher worries about us up here. He wonders if I will be happy, or stay happy. My mother worries about the boogey man. I do sometimes half expect to look out my picture window and see Bigfoot, but it wouldn’t shock me at all. That would be great. I am more likely to see a deer or some other wild animal roaming in our yard than another human. Animals don’t scare me.
John’s parents don’t like the road. We don’t either really, but it is what it is. It is not a permanent situation us driving in the creek. Hopefully, by next winter we’ll have a better way. If not, we’ll survive it. My Dad says we’ve got the best place in the world for Armageddon, or when our country falls to anarchy, socialism, or whatever else he might equate with chaos. He says we can sit up in here and”pick ’em off” as they come up the holler. Leave it too a dad to find good his daughter’s decisions when no one else does. He’s right. It is a pretty cool place to be and I feel very safe. I feel safer in God’s creation than in man’s.
A man from the gas company came to check on a gas leak a few days ago. He said, “I don’t reckon many girls would live up in here.” I said, “I really like it.” “It’s nice here, peaceful,” he said. I’ve never been like many other girls. John played a show last night here in Knott County. A man asked where he lived, said he was glad someone who could play the banjo like he could lived in the old homeplace. That made John proud.
Our cabin was built in 1900 by a man named Uncle Ed Thomas. I believe you can find mention of him in the Foxfire books and there may be a picture of him. He was a dulcimer maker. He put some fancy into this little place, as you can see in the work over the front porch. I love a house with history. There are several other older cabins on the property, but only 2 are finished enough to live in.
We don’t own this property, but I hope we are here a good long time. Moving off-grid is something I feel good about. Being in my mountains is like nothing else.