Guys, I grew up out in the sticks. It’s where my love of the outdoors came from. But, due to the whole “adulting” thing and this “food costs money” business, I’ve been living in and around New Orleans for the past 6 years or so in apartment complexes and rental houses. Now that didn’t stop my woodsy activities, but cleaning game in the bathtub of a 2 bedroom apartment was getting old. Well thanks to a series of recent events my wife and I stumbled into a deal we couldn’t pass up. Our credit is still pretty crippled (but improving) so buying a home in the traditional sense was still out of the question. But we found some folks with a perfect little place that were willing to owner-finance/lease to own for us. So.. we sort of just bought our first home together! It’ll be another 15 years till it’s truly ours, but at least we finally aren’t dumping money into a landlords pocket for nothing anymore! Anyhoo. I’m now a little outside city limits in a more country area. I do have one house on one side of me about 50 yards away, nice couple in their 70s. And there are some mobile homes across the street about 100 yards from me. But the other two sides are woods and I have my own 2 acres of yard surrounding me. The woods I back up to looks like a couple thousand acres. I’ll be tracking down the owner soon to see if I can get permission to access it. I’m just so happy to be able to do things like build fires and shoot a .22 play with my dogs in the yard again. It’s also so much better to start the day looking out the bedroom window at trees rather than the side of the next apartment building. I need to paint the house I think. It’s been remodeled quite well on the inside, but it looks like a shed on the outside. Also, In the coming months I’ll be starting to put together some sort of outdoor living space... somewhere to grill and sit around fires and such. Any ideas on how you guys have set yours up would be great!!