Recently, my husband acquired a piece of property adjacent to our farm in Alachua County. In just a few short weeks, we will begin decorating the small house and begin offering it for rent via AirBnB.
And herein lies the problem. I’d love to recreate an Amish house. How much fun would that be? I can envision it now:
Old fashion stove (run by propane)
Small fridge (also run by propane)
Quilts on the beds
My husband, however, feels otherwise.
“What about in the summer?”
I gave him a blank stare. “What about it?”
“It’s Florida. No one will want to stay in a house without air conditioning.”
Ugh. I had forgotten about that. Amish folks don’t have air conditioning. They rely on open windows and drawn window shades to keep the inside of the house dark and cool. Children will sleep on porches or even the basement in order to escape the heat on the second floor while most parents have first floor master bedrooms. Surely any guests would not want to sleep outside (and there is no basement). OK, so we leave the air conditioner plugged in.
“And winters get chilly, too. You need to have heat. For all of the rooms.”
Sometimes I wonder why I married such a pragmatic man! Amish do have heat, usually propane generated or a wood burning stove. Some now use those pellet stoves. Unfortunately, in the older farm houses, that tends to only heat the kitchen and gathering room. Bedrooms remain unheated and chilly…even downright cold. But Marc is right. I need to heat the entire house, no matter how small.
“Kerosene lanterns are dangerous,” he continued, bursting just one more bubble. “Fire hazard.”
Scratch that off my list.
You get the general idea. It’s amazing how so many of us simply adore the Amish lifestyle but, when push comes to shove, very few of us (myself included) really understand the sacrifices we’d have to make in order to actually live like the Amish. Given that we are not in an Amish community, my husband is probably correct. Few people would want to stay here and live off the grid without the comforts of home: electricity, heat, Internet, air conditioning. So POOF! there went my dream to recreate an Amish home.
Perhaps one day I might reconsider. But for now, I’ll stick to Englische decorating.
Hugs and blessings,
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.