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Food Storage and My New Rule of 12

Wow. What a summer. Looking back, I can’t help but think of that person who walked away from her office cubicle on June 4th, scared and unsure of herself. I’m still pretty scared, but I’m becoming just a tiny bit more sure of myself as the months go by.

The thing that has me worried at the moment is the thought of our first winter on one income. This is going to be a huge change for us, and I feel an almost gutteral urgency to be prepared. So, food storage has been top of mind for the past several weeks. I’ve always stored a little – a hobby canner, if you will. But now I know I’m going to have to really feed my family with my stored provisions, and the weight of that was kind of crushing me…until I wrapped my head around it and made a plan. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The challenges of this new life

Life is different now.

Every day, I make a list. At the end of every day, I find myself frustrated by all the things left on it.

I’m failing.

Work is piling up. Mail is piling up. Emails need to be answered.

And the vegetables don’t wait. As I stand by my sink, snipping the ends off purple beans so I can blanch and freeze them for winter, I can see one of the two drainage streams in our yard. They stretch as far as I can see from my window, and they’re so overgrown with weeds that you can’t see the water in them. This is a problem, because rainy season is coming and if they’re blocked, we’re just asking for our property to flood.

creek

Homesteading requires a ton of maintenance. There is no downtime, and we haven’t even turned our property into a homestead yet. It’s just a really big lot with a garden on it. But with my new business, the kids at 3 years and 6 months old, my husband’s overtime…it’s taking all we have to just barely keep up. And the things that need to be done? They don’t care about how hard we try. Whether we’re worn out, tired, or not in the mood, they still need to be done just the same.

The ditches are on the list. They need to be taken care of soon, and it will take an entire weekend to clear them out. But for now, I look down at my daughter with her brand new tooth, trying to perfect her downdog pose on the floor (she is so determined to crawl any minute) and I keep on snipping, trying not to look at the clock.

Because one thing at a time, mama. One thing, one day, one week at a time. You’re doing a good job, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

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Yard Art Projects: Composite Decking?

Even though our winter wasn’t too rough, spring still brings with it that feeling of being able to breathe again. As I stood in the sun today and watched my son fill his little wheelbarrow for the first time, I could barely contain myself. All kinds of gardening projects and outdoor art ideas ran through my mind. I mean, we have 6 acres now, and it’s mostly flat land that hasn’t been planted at all. There is much work to be done on this blank canvas! (Finding the time to do it is an entirely different story, however…)

The view of our house from the back of our property.

But a girl can dream, and dream I will! Of pergolas and gazebos, succulent frames and cute garden fences, and raised beds and lots of other yard art! (Pinterest is particularly dangerous helpful if you’re trying to come up with home and landscaping ideas…)

One thing we don’t have to worry about is building a deck. One of the selling points on our house was the large deck that wraps around the side.

Our little guy on the deck, heading off to school (daycare) for the first time!

We couldn’t wait to move in so we could sit on our comfy deck chairs and look at this view over our wine glasses.

The only problem with the deck is that it is made of wood, and it does require some maintenance. It also requires some tweezers. Removing a splinter for the bottom of a toddler’s foot is NOT something I ever want to attempt again. But wood is natural, right? So I should like it, right? I’m not sure. I find myself wondering about that composite stuff. You know, the stuff that looks like wood but is made with recycled plastic. It has a little more “give” than wood, and composite decks require less maintenance, but they’re still plastic. Making the best choice for the environment is a top priority, so I plan to do a little more digging into the subject before we decide what to use on future projects. Do you have any thoughts on it? (I kind of feel like I’m doing that whole “cloth vs. disposable” research again! :lol: )

For now, ideas. We could buy composite decking and build some raised beds like this for my herb garden…

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Or we could buy composite fencing and build a cute fence around our new vegetable garden…or maybe even the start the duck house we’re planning! Oh, we’re going to be busy… But at least we have some really good help this year!

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Wordless Wednesday: Early Spring

A hard day’s work always makes me feel a little bit taller.

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Wordless Wednesday: Breaking Ground!

 

No words. Just smiles. Spring is coming, and our brand new garden is about to come alive! :)

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