Living a hands-on rural lifestyle involves struggle, so if you’re deeply addicted to comfort you really should think twice about attempting the homestead approach. Even with modern tools and equipment, it’s still a struggle living out here in the country. But I count this struggle as one of the advantages. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but at least let me explain . . .
Homestead Attitude About Snow is Key
For some of us, meeting and triumphing over physical challenges on the homestead is invigorating. I also happen to think that one of the reasons depression and overall emotional malaise is so common is in society these days is precisely because so many of us have removed all serious discomfort and real-world physical challenges from life. But we never get something for nothing in this world, even if it seems like that at first.
Dealing with snow is one of the challenges I like, mostly because it helps me appreciate the comforts I do have. Coming inside and laying my hands on a hot, cast iron radiator, sitting down to a steaming home-cooked meal, and enjoying the warmth and cheer of an ordered and well-stocked household are big pleasures for me. And my appetite for them is all the keener after an hour or two of beating back the snow.
Like I said, I’m probably a bit insane, but I like it this way.