Self Reliance, Careers and Why We Need You

I know there are many young people who are looking forward to coming back home to live and the only thing stopping them is a way to make a living. I believe, our young people can increase the quality of life in this valley, earn a good living and enjoy the blessings of living here, all at the same time. In fact, there are ways to even have your schooling paid for if you are interested. Go to Lincoln County Workforce and find out more about how you can be trained for free in some of the very things I list below.

Here at I Love PV, we like to talk a lot about self reliance and starting and growing your own business. There is just something about doing things that will help improve the quality of life for all of us that inspires me. Still, there is so much comfort in working for someone else. Cheyenne has started up two businesses in the valley, a dance studio, and a family historian business. While she has enjoyed doing both very much, there was a lot of stress involved. Business licenses, which have gotten more expensive, music licenses and insurance, were just a few of the stresses involved in owning her own businesses. It was all fun and games, when she was a young entrepreneur and didn’t have to worry about all that. However, as an adult It was like having a baby without the cute smiles, cuddly toes and making your mom a very happy grandma! 😉  Today, she works for someone else and she is very happy to do it. in fact, she truly enjoys it. She is also enjoying pursuing both business online, in her spare time, now that she isn’t under so much pressure.

There are so many business, here in the valley that have improved the quality of life for me. I remember a time when Chey, Jax and I came for a visit in 2000. There was a pizza shop open and they served the most delicious Mexican Pizza. Does anyone remember that? I simply couldn’t get enough. I’m not sure what happened to the couple that ran it in 2000 but if anyone knows them, I NEED that recipe.

Then there was the time that Irlanda, Kirt’s fiance, was coming home to Alamo before the wedding. I wanted her to feel a part of the family and I knew just what to do. I made a call to our local florist, at the time (Bonnie Poulsen) and asked her to send a bouquet over to Char and Keith’s for Irlanda’s room. It was there before she arrived. I was also able to visit Bonnie’s craft room long after her store was closed to pick up some much needed supplies.

I also enjoyed Lark’s home cooking and have bought many things from her. My family has enjoyed her baked goods, so much, over the years. I also remember her balloons.

I remember when Marci Gardner opened up the old bank and made a craft boutique out of it. It was lovely. I also remember eating at Carlos’s many times as well and enjoyed the food so much. Del Pueblo, was a favorite of Derek and mine as newlyweds. We enjoyed the salsa Sergio used to make and the nachos. Robert Park has helped us with electrical issues and drastically increased our quality of life with light in every room.

There are so many more examples, too many to mention in this post. I simply want to illustrate that small businesses improve our quality of life and we need and want your small business here in the valley.

Here are some ideas I have to help you find your niche.

Discover what is needed:
Our valley is in desperate need of another electrician. Poor Robert, he does his best to get to all the needs in the valley but he is backed up with work. It can take as little as four months to become an electrician. An electrician could then go on to discover new, inexpensive ways that we can incorporate solar and windmill energy into our homes.
We need heating and cooling experts. Currently, we are trying to share the travel fees but the heating/cooling experts are getting kind of fed up with that. Who wouldn’t when you could charge all three of the families, desperate for help, $120.00 each! Most companies wont even come for annual maintenance. If we had our own heating and cooling expert, they could look into, wood stove maintenance, and other more self sufficient ways to warm and cool our homes and save energy. It can take as little as six months to get certified and get to work.
We need a herbalist or naturopath doctor and a midwife. To become a certified herbalist, it can take under two years studying only 1 hour a day. For more information click here. We are lucky, there is a family that pays their family naturopath to come to our valley every once in a while and he treats as many as he can while he is here. But he lives in Utah and obviously can not make it out much. Living in this valley means becoming very self sufficient when it comes to our health. We can’t easily get to the doctor and many of our children have been born on the highways. It would be great to have someone to help us figure it all out. You do not have to be certified to practice midwifery here in the state of Nevada. Of course, we all want to deliver at least near a hospital but with the distance, that isn’t always how it happens. So having someone who knows the ropes would be amazing. Char told me that we once had a midwife here. Seriously, that would be wonderful. Imagine, if you were worried and just wanted to hear your baby’s heartbeat, have a local prenatal visit, reported right to your doctor the same day so you don’t have to worry about your other littles or just having the midwife follow you to the hospital, when the labor pains come, just in case.
We need a Thrift Store. For those that have lived here their whole lives, maybe this isn’t as much of a big deal. However, I am constantly, dealing with shoes that don’t fit or winter comes quicker that I remembered and I have no coat for my little one. Or I just can’t afford one more trip to town because I’ll inevitably end up at costco and there goes my whole pay check! We just need a thrift store with seasonal clothes and low costs.
We also need a plumber. We have one plumber in Panaca. That is simply not enough. It can take as little as three years to become eligible to take the master plumber exam, and you are pretty much working after only a year.

2. Find out what works:
In the past I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to interview Lark and Bonnie Poulsen to discover a little more about the businesses they had, why they closed and how successful they were. Lark’s balloon business was very successful. In fact, she had to close because there was just too much business and she couldn’t keep up. Start up, on a balloon business, is incredibly inexpensive.
Bonnie had a similar reason for closing shop on her craft store, things were just too busy and she wanted to do other things. Craft start up could be inexpensive if it is run out of your home, easy to get to and or if there is a delivery option, as well as classes or group events that people can come and enjoy. Then, most of your advertisement and crafts supplies sold is just your time.
The pizza place burned down but it was very successful and made so many people very happy. When I was talking to Lark, she gave me a really great idea for people who want to start restaurants but don’t want all the responsibility of it full time. She said that people rent out kitchens from restaurants during times that they would normally be closed. How fun would that be? We take a building, like the one Carlos’s was in and we rent it out to different people each day for different types of foods. We would need someone to manage it of course, but then all of those good cooks out there could live a little bit of their dream and earn an extra income all while improving my quality of life.

3. Find your passion:
What did you love to do as a child? What are somethings you enjoy doing now? What are you really good at? How can you use those things to improve the quality of life here in the valley or to help others? Or maybe, like Cheyenne, you would be happy doing many different things, as long as it meant you could live here and enjoy the bliss of our quiet, peaceful life? If that is the case for you, see the store, the school, and the pro shop where Ben and Sam work and see if they have any work for you. In the meantime here is my personal wish list for the valley.

My 2017 Wish List:

1. A Gift Shop, with balloons, flowers, cards, wrapping paper and toys – Birthdays and holidays come around and without fail I forget someone or something! Someone gets sick or is down and out, and I want to give them something special. Or I hurt someone’s feelings and I need something that says, “I’m so sorry.” It would be wonderful to have a gift shop where I could pick up something sweet for someone I love.

2. A craft store with classes – I love to craft but I don’t enjoy crafting as much by myself. Perhaps I’m alone in this but it would be nice to have a central hub where I could leave my dear family for an hour or so,  get my craft on, learn something new and visit with friends. And sometimes, I just need a little of this or that to finish a project and the project gets delayed a year or so because I keep forgetting it from town.

3. Parks and Recreation Specialist – It is amazing what a good Recreation specialist could do with the two parks we have. Games and activities that are cost effective to help our children discover new ways to play like we did in the old days would be wonderful.

4. Bike Repair Shop  – I am clueless when it comes to fixing bikes and jogging strollers. It makes me crazy having to take my jogger to the bike repair shop to get fixed because it can take more than a day to fix.. Don’t get me started on the amount of bikes we have that need work but just sit in our shed waiting for someone to remember them.

5. Fix it shop, Recycling Business – It would be wonderful to be able to take things to some handy person and get them fixed instead of having to travel to town to get a new one. Our trash difficulties have been really evident over the last few years. If we could find someone willing to take our recycling somewhere, It would help us keep our trash down. And after doing a lot of research, I found that it could be very lucrative as well.

6. Community Gardner and Compost Manager – Speaking of sorting trash and minimizing it, there are places in India that have community compost bins. By law they segregate their trash, recycle what they can and compost the rest, in their own personal composting pots or in community ones posted on streets or near businesses. Then, the street compost is used to nourish the landscaping. Go to for more information. Combine that with a little place in England that has the ultimate community garden grown on all government property, that anyone can eat off of and you have a beautifully landscaped community, full tummies and tons less trash to boot! Wouldn’t that be amazing? I don’t know how to garden but it would be great to learn from the many expert gardeners here in the valley. Ben, do you think we could get a grant for this? 😉

7. Temporary Business – Sometimes, we wives just need a little extra money for a vacation with the kids, to pay an unexpected bill, or to buy something that we need to make our lives easier. College kids home for the holidays, might need some temporary work. Men, who just need a little extra cash for the family, may need some temporary work. And local businesses may need blog posts, or social media posts written, phones answered and moms might need, a handy man, or some help with the housework, or cooking, or babysitting and would love to make a call to the local temp agency and get hooked up with some help, real quick. It reminds me of those books I use to read called The Babysitter’s Club. It was run by a young girl and she would hook parents up with babysitters and take a small finder’s fee.

8. Seamstress – Oh my heavens! A seamstress would be wonderful to have here. I heard a horror story of a great seamstress in Vegas who would put your clothing on a rack and sell it if you didn’t come and pick it up in a timely manner. How scary is it to leave your precious, clothes, precious enough to get them tailored clothes, at a seamstress hours away? I was recently given the most beautiful set of curtains. They were made to fit extremely big windows, in a house with high vaulted ceilings. They are just too long for my windows. It would be wonderful to be able to get them hemmed to fit my short house.

I’m sure we all have a wish list like mine. What would you like to see come to our valley? A drive in? A radio station? A delivery truck? Small animal veterinarian? Post your ideas in the comment section. We are so lucky to live here in this beautiful valley and the bottom line is we want you, we want your ideas, your enthusiasm, your small business, your talents, we want you to come home and live comfortably by us and improve our quality of life.

All my love,





  1. I have always thought We needed a thrift store as well! There are so many things that people here can already do but not everyone knows. We added names and numbers in the yard sale page but that’s hard to keep track of. If We had a thrift store it could almost be a central location for a lot of these things. Sometimes people call me when it’s time to get rid of things ( after they die) and I can help the family sell some of it and just get rid of the rest. Theres just not really anywhere to do that. Or if there is a room in a bldg, is the rent going to be covered by a small business? That’s really the greatest deterrent I think. I don’t advertise but I can bake anything from scratch. There are lots of people that have hidden talents, they just don’t tell the rest of us! 😉 I think if We were better at sharing our talents Or the talents of others we could do a lot of these things. I love this post. I see the potential all the time in this town too but making it happen seems to be more difficult.
    And Woman. I am a seamstress.

    1. AmieJo,
      Thank you for this. It is true, we have so much talent in this valley. And so many of us have learned so much just because, circumstances became do or die. It is hard to keep track of it all and to find facilities where we can share our talents and learn new things. A thrift store would be wonderful. Or even a place to store things and have another Trading Post/Grannie’s Attic once or twice a year. I think it is wonderful that you can bake anything from scratch. There are a few things I need your help on. I’m just too afraid to try them on my own. I think it can be hard, (and I’m just going off of places I’ve lived before this) when women compare themselves with others. Two things can happen, we can resent other’s talents, and we can become afraid to share ours, for fear of being resented or hated for them. So we just kind of hide. Here, we are lucky. We need each other’s wisdom and most of the time, our will to survive, gracefully, wins out. It would be amazing to have a resource list that listed the talents we share. Sometimes, all we think about is what people have done in callings or what they do for work and not what they like to do on the side. It is difficult to make things happen. Perhaps what we need is a committee. Amie, do you want to be the first member? We could go to town meetings together and help secure facilities for other things we want to do. Thank you for letting me know you are a seamstress. I need help with these curtains. When can you come? Thanks again for your comment. We need to get together sometime soon. Hugs, Bianca