The picture, as you can see, is a dirty window with the sun shining through. The window is attached to the wall of a 200-year old barn ten miles from here, on the Rutledge Farm. The Rutledges were pioneers in this part of the state, and the entire barn was made without nails.
Yes, it has stood and been used for 200 years, and it was made without a single nail. They used wooden pegs back then instead of nails, and they also used the Douglas Fir for construction, as good a wood for building as you will find.
200 years. Now we are talking about the Simple Life. Back then when a barn was being built, neighbors came from miles around to help in the construction. Back then, when there was a problem with one farmer, everyone pitched in to help. They had to because there were no police, no firemen and no emergency services. People understood that they had to rely on each other for survival.
They grew their own vegetables, raised their own meat, and what they didn’t need they shared with their neighbors. They would meet periodically and have a party of sorts, and they would catch up on news, and they would feel each other’s sorrows and share in each other’s joys.
Is it any wonder that I am in love with Living Simple?
If you ever come to visit I will give you a ride out so you can see the Rutledge barn. It is a reminder of a simpler day when people cared for each other and worked hard to help each other.