We graduated high school together back in 1985 and it would be more then 23 years before we'd reconnect. We have been on cloud 9 ever since. We knew immediately we had grown into two people who were made for each other, like two peas in a pod that shared the same goals. We decided very early on in our relationship that we were destined for a life of simple values. We looked for over 3 years before we found this run-down Amish owned piece of farm land that we named "Hootenanny Hill". It was love at first site and we knew we had to have it.
Having the farm already be off-grid (sort-of speak) helped us immensely. There was no unwanted infrastructure that would need to be ripped out. We were starting with a clean but run-down slate. We had about 5 1/2 years of wonderful adventures on the Hill, building projects, mounds of vegetables and lots of hard work.
Now we wouldn't trade a moment we had on Hootenanny Hill and we don't regret our decision to move there, but after Bruce was laid off from his job of 8 years with a company and I being miserable at mine, we decided to sell our beloved piece of hard working heaven. We were able to sell it quickly. We wondered how we could have let it go so quickly, it was a daze. But when we could finally analyze that time (nearly a year later) we with a more clear head did realize there were things about the lands location that did bother use and those must have been enough for us to let go of that tough little piece of land we worked so hard to build up.
There were other circumstances that made that decision to leave Hootenanny Hill a bit easier and that was my declining health. After a car accident and Shingles, not to mention dealing with Menopause - I (Diana) was a different person than I was just 2 year before. The back pain from the car accident made me hate gardening all my 25 vegetable beds! That didn't include the berry orchid and the fruit orchid I was trying to establish. I just couldn't do it anymore.
Bruce and I, took a good long look at what we needed in our lives to be happy and enjoy life...we discovered it only had to be the two of us...together, healthy and happy.
For our next chapter we threw caution to the wind and simplified things. We sold Hootenanny Hill back to the Amish, sold off about half of our belongings and moved onto a field of Diana'a parent's, who had a 50 acre farm - to build our our Tiny House.
This site will show you glimpses of our life from our time on the Hill, building of the Tiny House and the many projects we're working on to build our dream, return to health and in winter hit the road to escape NY's winter and snow (or so we hoped anyway....