About Me

After living in Japan for the last 13 years, my family and I decided to move back to the U.S. in June 2010 and “homestead” a 40 acre plot in central Colorado.  I left a wonderful job working as a field service engineer for one of the big Defense Contractors.  Being entirely IT related (i.e.  managing a  hardware, software, networking and customer service), it didn’t exactly prepare me for life on a “farm.”  It was truly a wonderful job and one I still miss today.  I was rapidly approaching the age of 50 and knew if I didn’t take the proverbial plunge before then, it would most likely never happen.

The idea of “homesteading” and living a life closer to the land had been in my mind for about seven years, that’s when I started to recognize that the financial future of the U.S. was in question.  I’ll go into more later in my blog but suffice it to say, I believe that anyone over the age 50 who expects to retire with Social Security and Medicare is in for a surprise.  I think we need to all adjust our mindset that most of us will never retire and if we do, it will be because of our doing.

It’s been almost a year that I arrived – on that day I hit the ground running.  In that time, we’ve put up a greenhouse, planted a small orchard, raised both meat and egg laying chickens, raised steers, built a rifle and pistol range, raised two German Shepherd pups, installed two bee hives and home school our second grade daughter.

Overall this past year has been a ball and have no regrets about the transition.  Please continue to visit and add your comments.  I’d like to get a group of like minded folks together for ideas and support.  Thanks!

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