Tips for living alone in a rural cabin for ~6 months?
October 3, 2011 2:30 PM Subscribe
I'm moving into a cabin (not too rustic, but pretty rural) in the woods for at least six months to live on my own. I'm looking for general living tips as well as advice on what to do if/when I get lonely.
posted by Lutoslawski to grab bag (45 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
I'm moving into a cabin on a lake in a rural part of the midwest to spend the winter making some art.
The cabin is not super rustic, i.e. it has running water, heat and a kitchen. But it is pretty far from civilization, and once the midwest winter hits, it won't be really easy to make it to things like grocery stores.
1) Food: I'm planning on stocking up on dried foods, canned foods and as much frozen vegetables/meat as I can fit in the freezer. I'm not a picky eater, but I do like to eat healthily. What sorts of things should I stock up on? What can I do to keep my diet varied and my food tasty? Other than the obvious sorts of things (dried grains, beans, canned things), what am I not thinking of that I might really want or would be really good when I can't make it to a store for several weeks? Any other food suggestions?
2) Life: I'm not really worried about this too much - I like being on my own and I have a lot of projects I'll be working on, and I'll have my cat, but I won't have much contact with the outside world - very limited internet (as in I'd have to make it to a coffee shop a couple hours away to check my email, etc.), limited phone, no television. What can I do if I start feeling like I'm going the way of The Shining or something? I'll have a good book collection and a radio to keep my company, but beyond that? What am I not considering that may help or hurt me in this regard?
3) Any other anecdotes, thoughts or suggestions on living alone in the middle of nowhere through a harsh winter?