So how did this come about?
Well, after drooling over fellow bloggers Beany and Jennifer's food porn for the last year, I've been teasing them about moving on down to Texas and cooking for us in exchange for those two empty rooms. I even went so far as to offer installation of a kiddie pool to meet Beany's husband's desire to live near the ocean. Sadly, it wasn't enough. Geez, work with me people!
Anyway, I hosted a NWEI Voluntary Simplicity discussion course at my house this summer, and I guess I'd gotten so good at my sales pitch that after a meeting, one of the members asked me if I was serious.
We talked about it, gave her the 2 cent tour, made plans for her move-in date, and remodeled the back of the house. Ok. So we just did the floors, but it looks fabulous and we would probably never have gotten around to it without this wonderful incentive.
Living with us gives Allie the flexibility of not having a strict lease. She's planning on staying about a year, but will head out when she's finished her current work contract and found her next job. It also gives us a little rental income which is great in this economy, especially considering I'm no longer bringing in a paycheck. Best of all, however, we're doing the "green" thing in sharing our home and reducing our carbon impact. Now that's simple-green-frugal for you!
Be sure to give Allie a big SGF welcome. In the meantime, we're well on our way to our next adventure!