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Living in the Redwoods

When I was very young, we lived in the redwoods of California. My dad worked in the lumber industry as a tree-topper. Our house was in a small valley with only seven other families. We had no indoor plumbing, electricity or water. The outhouse was, of course, away from the house. The water was a pump in the back yard that didn't always work, so my mother would take a bucket to the little stream a short distance from the house and fill it so she had water to cook with and for us to bathe in. Our lighting was by kerosene lamp and there was a cast-iron fireplace in the front room and a big wood-burning stove in the kitchen. My mother had to set her iron on the stove to heat up so she could iron our clothes. We had no TV and no radio. I learned to roller skate on the wooden porch that went all around the house. It was there that I was given my first dog, Rock.

I have very fond memories of living there as a child. I am not so sure I would like to go back to living that way again. It might be fun for a short time, but, too much work for me now. I like my creature comforts too much!

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 4, 2015, 5:25 AM

This reminds me of the post I did a few weeks ago about the good life, or living off the grid being for younger fitter people. I couldnĀ“t manage it now either.

Elren wrote on March 4, 2015, 5:28 AM

Seems like a very rural lifestyle you had. Me, I can't imagine living without electricity, gadgets, and urban stuff anymore.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 12, 2015, 2:29 PM

Since I grew in the city I have no clue what that would have been like, but I have seen television shows that depict such a life and I could honestly say I would have like it for one second.

Solamar wrote on April 12, 2015, 4:57 PM

Sorry, I got sick just after I posted this. I don't know how my mother managed with three kids under the circumstances.

Solamar wrote on April 12, 2015, 4:59 PM

Sorry, I got sick just after I posted this. We lived in extremely rural areas until I started school, we had moved to LA just before I entered first grade.

Solamar wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:00 PM

Just think what it is like when a storm comes through and your electricity goes out.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:16 PM

That happened to us about 6 years ago and the power remained out for four long days. It was not a good time for sure.