From WordPress a classic question:ย “What are the five items you must have on a deserted island?” And here are my answers, in words and pictures.

1 – SHELTER: A Teepee will do nicely. With a firepit for chilly nights and cooking.


2 – BOOKS. Have to keep the mind engaged! Probably wouldn’t come with the bookcase, though.

75-BookStory HPCR-1

3 – FOOD and a source for it. Like maybe a couple of cows and a few chickens. And a little garden for everything else.

cow in stream

4 – TRANSPORTATION – A horse or two for riding and other conveyance would be just fine, thanks.


5 – FRIENDS. Even one would be fine. Does this count as an item?


If we could get our husbands to come, we just might never come back.

Because that’s a fine little world with no email, no phone calls … and no bill collectors!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!


    1. I hadn’t thought of a yurt, but you’re right.

      Five books? I’d die of brain freeze. Bring a Kindle and 5,000 or so!! I’m an addicted reader. Without books, I don’t think I’d survive. It’s as important as food.


  1. The sounds in the forest are music enough. I chuckled at your choices of horse and cows. I loved the Teepee with the fireplace. I did see smoke pouring out the top. A fire in a teepee, really? That’s a smoke lodge. Or you brought the cigars.. I really enjoyed this one, Marilyn. As usual. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. No, really, teepees have firepits for heat and cooking. The teepee’s cone shape makes it a natural chimney. It works very well and it isnt’ a smoke lodge, whatever that is. I know. I built the teepee. How do you think they heated them in the winter? They had fires. They cooked on them and kept warm. VERY warm. It’s amazing how warm a teepee gets with a bright little fire. It only smokes when you first start it. Once it’s burning, there’s virtually no smoke at all.


      1. Thank you for the explanation. That’s fascinating! It’s a fantastic-looking teepee, I must say. I assumed it was manufactured by some company! Wow, you’re a real forest dweller in your heart, I think! ๐Ÿ™‚


        1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a forest dweller in real life, too. We live in the woods. Sometimes it’s great. Sometimes, not so much. The teepee would have been happier in a less wooded environment. They are meant for prairie. The dampness caused it to expire prematurely. But I loved it while I had it.


  2. Ack! The five things to bring to a deserted island type-of-question. I am terrible at those. I do so love your teepee and agree with above commenter that you would need to bring a loaded Kindle instead of dragging the hardbacks. And PS, I am loving your new format. I really need to change mine up but am a BIG CHICKEN! Maybe you can give me some advice!


    1. First, thank you. Next — if you pick a format that is similar in structure to what you are already using, the transition is virtually painless. Since you can preveiw live, you will get a good idea of whether or not it will work with your site. If you don’t like it, just click cancel and no harm done. They really have made it easy. Give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Oh my…I have tried to change and really can’t come up with a good one. And then it seems all my widgets disappear and I will have to do them again? Think I’m gonna have to sleep on it! ๐Ÿ˜€


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