Hello As my bio says, I am Renae. I have been haunting this place for a while now, reading a few blogs, mostly Torman's. Everyone here seems to have something important to say and I fear I don't. So, I have held off on my story telling, but I have to start somewhere…As I said before, I live in a small southern Minnesota town of three or four thousand. It is big enough for one grocery store and a few downtown shops, we even have a movie theatre, a hospital-clinic combination and a nursing home. I work at the nursing home.I may live in this small town, but my dream is to live on a small acreage somewhere not in Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, I think Minnesota is a nice state and I am not completely unhappy where I am at, but I have a dream to live somewhere else, somewhere where the water isn't green and algae riddledMy dream life has me living in a wooded area next to a stream, not a river or a lake, a nice sized stream. I would have a nice open area to have my garden and we would be on an acreage so that I could also have a horse or two and a cow, possibly a pig and definitely some chickens. I might even go so far as to have a couple of sheep and a goat or two. So, about now the place is sounding like a farm and it would be, but a small one.Since this is my dream life, it would also have solar power and possibly wind power too, though I am not looking to be completely off grid unless there is no other choice. I want my phone and internet and I wouldn't mind cable either although I could probably survive with just Netflix, I did it before for a year and could do it again. (Thinking on it, I am not sure how the solar power part would work with the house in a wooded area.)I am torn by what kind of house it would be -- cabin, brick, clay, straw -- just not sure, but I have a kind of idea of what I want inside. I want a large kitchen, big enough for a small table to sit near the cooking area and still enough space for a computer stand if necessary. Where I live now, I have my computer in my kitchen looking out a nice large window into the back yard where I have a small garden and my chicken coup. I like to look up and see the beauty nature provides while I am typing. It sometimes inspires me.The kitchen can go two ways. One way should lead off to the laundry room the other to either a small hallway with the bed room and bathroom on either side or straight into the living room. I would like a separate dining room off the living room, but if I have a small table in the kitchen I don't have to have one. I would like a den of sorts -- a room with lots of shelves for my books and notes. All my rooms must have lots of cupboards and or closets. I would also like a sewing area or a plant room, something like that. At first I was thinking of just a one level house, but I am thinking I might need a second level for a spare bedroom or two and bath for when the kids come to visit. I could keep the second level closed off except when they come to stay. That works for me.
Now if the kitchen lead right into the living room the bedroom and bath could be side by side with a door entering from both the living room and to each other. A porch three season porch would be nice too.
Off to the side in the living room I would have my spinning wheel (I don't have one now, but really want one) and my sewing machine . There would be two recliners, one for me and one for the husband and a small couch, maybe a love seat facing the TV, of course. I would have small windows in this room, but no large ones.
On the opposite side of the living room from the one the bedroom is on would be the den area. The den would quite large as it might have to house both me and my husband while we are at our computers, though I am hoping the husband will be much too busy in the barn or at his workshop to be at the computer to very much. Actually, I should be equally as busy, but not too busy to write occasionally. If I have a dining room that would be the one with the view though maybe I would need a big window somewhere even without the dining room, possibly in the kitchen. I want to be able to look out at the beauty that God's supplies and see what I have been blessed with.
Until I find my dream or make it come true in some other way, I shall try to be satisfied with enjoying the view out my kitchen window. It is quite lovely even if it isn't on an acreage and doesn't have a clear blue stream running through it.