I’m gonna be completely honest with you. I’ve been a little nervous about this particular post because our bubbling boulder project was a bit pricey. Will I offend people? Will people misunderstand my logic? Will people unsubscribe or unlike? I hope not.
Many blogs are centered on, or have a strong element of, FRUGALITY. Being frugal, if it’s Biblically-centered and not an all-consuming obsession, is very wise. And there are some really great blogs that provide excellent examples and ideas of how to do that.
Being frugal is one way of being a wise steward of the financial and material blessings in our lives. If we find a good deal, and are able to save money, it helps us steer clear of debt. It also provides us more opportunities to help those in need here and abroad.
On the flip side, many times God blesses people in such a way that they are able not only to give, but also enjoy some earthly pleasures. That might mean they’re able to pay for a second car, build a room onto the house, revamp an out-building for homestead critters, or … build a bubbling boulder oasis.
All these things are luxuries. All we really need are shelter (from the weather elements, not necessarily a nice house), clothing, and food. However, many of us have been provided with far more than the basic needs. We don’t NEED so many things we’ve been blessed with (e.g., carpet, nice furniture, cell phone, computer, house pets, washer and dryer, multiple pairs of shoes, etc.).
It’s vital that we give back to God everything He gives us, and be open to whatever He asks of us. It’s also awesome to know that He enjoys giving us blessings for our enjoyment.
19) As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor – this is the gift of God. 20) For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.
John and I have not taken a vacation in probably eight years. We so thoroughly enjoy living out here in the country, in the middle of the woods, that we sort of think of our home as our vacation. So, I enjoy doing little things (or, in this case, big things) to make our home even more enjoyable. Instead of spending money on vacations, I’ve spent money on a bubbling boulder oasis.
With that premise, I’ll share the price tag of our bubbling boulder oasis. Drum roll, please …
As you can see from the spreadsheet, this bubbling boulder project cost us a pretty penny – roughly $2,500. If you’d like to have something like this in your yard, but this price is too much, take heart. There’s one simple thing that can be done to reduce the price: scale down.
There are beautiful bubbling boulders much smaller (and larger) than what we have. Scaling down (smaller boulder, only one core drilling, smaller pond liner, less drainage tile, less river rock, and so forth) will reduce the price SIGNIFICANTLY. And don’t forget about how you can find free boulders. (Be sure the boulder is not easily prone to breakage or crumbling.)
As I go through this tutorial series, I’ll explain how to build a similar project (whatever size that may be), and how the items listed in the spreadsheet are used.
Any questions so far, or have I scared everyone away?
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Artful Tuesdays Link-Up
Homestead Barn Hop
Simple Lives Thursday
Simple Living Wednesdays Link Up
The Morristribe’s Homesteader Blog Carnival
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