We spent a few hours yesterday visiting with the young couple who want to buy this place. Can't say if we'll accept their offer, but I can tell you this: they exemplified what ALL adults should be doing in this country - taking care of themselves!
By the end of the day, I asked: "Is there any skill you two have not tried your hands at?"
They both laughed and said: "...blacksmithing, but it's on the list."
While touring our home, they both sighed with relief when I showed them the pantry. "OH, God, I was praying on the way up here that you had a pantry. I don't think we could live without one," said the young woman. And, they shop once a month!!! People after my own heart!
And - they garden, can, vacuum seal, dehydrate, salt cure, butcher, hunt, fish, and raise meat and eggs. They also home school their childre. She's a midwife; he's an excellent hog farmer who's always being sought out by other farmers. She makes nearly all their clothing - including diapers and hunting jackets, rain slickers and snow pants!!!
As they were leaving, she gifted us with a homemade loaf of 7-grain bread!!
I'm worn out just thinking about this productive couple!
Out of curiosity, I asked how they met as they are now devout Christians who "home church." She was a drug crazed waitress in a bar, he was the drunk at the bar. They rest is history, as they say.
It was reassuring to know that some young people care about survival/homesteading and seek knowledge from their elders. What a sight to behold!