Welcome! I feel like this is where we are, beginning again. Nothing has changed but everything has at the same time. Here is what got this ball rolling.
This summer we lost a few people very close to us. It has taken awhile to process and there are still days where it is hard to just keep it together.All of the people we lost this summer happened to be farmers. It is a big loss and the holes they left can’t ever filled. The loss of these people made us realize how much we miss this community and lifestyle. This is how we want to raise our children, what we do as a family, what we are passionate about.
So the next step/ thought: how do we begin, where do we start, what do we want to accomplish, what do we want our focus to be? So many questions. We both miss raising cows. That is what we want to do raise cows. Well we can’t keep a cow where we are now, not enough space. What about mini cows? Research mini cows… They are ADORABLE!!! Not to mention more practical for us and getting our kids involved. However they are expensive. What breeds? I favor black and white. I would love to raise Galloways or Belted Galloways, my husband wants to raise mini Herefords.
The next big question: Do we stay or do we take a chance putting our house on the market. It was an agonizing decision but we decided not to put our house on the market right now. Too many things were left undecided and we didn’t feel that now was the time. So the decision to stay for the time being has been made. Next question: can we keep mini cows here? We don’t know. It is something that needs more research and cost analysis. Is it legal?
Okay so cows are still on the want list but not a feasible option right now. Shift gears a bit. If we could have a farm right now what would our goal be? What can we do on a smaller scale to hone those skills that we will need later? What do we focus on? What do we do first? No clue. We are reading, talking with others and watching videos to help us make the best decisions.
Wait a minute, we want a farm but our house is that house on the block. The one that needs a lot of work. Both inside and out. It is not ready for the projects and ideas that we have in mind. So in the midst of dreaming of having a farm reality has set in. Getting the house in order must come first. So we have been kicking ourselves into gear and little things are getting done inside and out. New light fixtures, clearing pathways, getting rid of stuff. Tomorrow we are hosting an early Thanksgiving and yet again there is stuff everywhere because we have been cleaning and really trying to find out who we are and what is important to us. So this is our beginning, the mess, the unknown, the moments of learning to say yes and learning to say no. The dreams and the planning, the family that we are becoming. Welcome to our story and I hope you enjoy coming on this journey with us.
Feeling quite domestic tonight. Bread and cinnamon rolls rising. (Not gf, still working on recipes for those). Prepped for early morning appts, the house is semi clean. I am about to start on Christmas presents and watch some more homesteading videos while my house sleeps. After several stressful weeks this is just what I needed.
It is 10 am and I still haven’t eaten breakfast, I may have burned it a couple of times this morning, my tea is cold, and I am super behind already this morning. Like I am just spinning around in circles accomplishing nothing. I am trying to keep too many plates spinning at once and I am dropping them all.
Too many thoughts. Too many ideas. Too many to dos. There are so many things to learn and accomplish. I am having trouble staying consistent. Trouble staying organized. Trouble keeping things simple. I want better. I want more for myself and my family. Need a clean slate and a simple plan that I can actually do and follow through. May need to drink a few cups of tea to think this process though. I want to succeed this time. How can I make that happen this time without wanting to give up or getting way over my head and becoming stressed out. Many things to think on and figure out. But first breakfast, or I guess brunch!
“To make a new habit stick you need to make room in your life for it. Instead of worrying about how you are going to fit it all in, start letting go of the things, people and activities in your life that aren’t giving back. What can you say no to so you can say yes to prioritizing your health and happiness.”
I just read this on this blog today. It is very timely as we are trying to implement new habits and routines and get rid of clutter. Saying no is hard and so is delaying gratification. Our first response is to go out and buy what we need right then, even if it isn’t right or something we really need. Learning to wait and see if it is something you really want and need takes time and practice but it makes that item mean so much more when you know its value and purpose.
Learning to prioritize and taking the time to figure out what you value is not easy.As our get rid of pile is growing so is our ability to breathe. To envision what our life could be like and what we can do with our time when we are not in crises mode all the time. When we are no longer owned by stuff. What new things will we try? What will we do as a family? Where will we travel first? Possibilities are amazing and knowing that these things can and may happen is even better!
I know I already have over 30 WIPs in progress and I need to be working on them. However this week I had the flu. Who gets the flu in the summer?! I should be getting caught up on the laundry, and the dishes that have piled up but tonight I have the house to myself. No husband and no kids. I finally don’t have a fever and don’t feel awful. So I am going to sit, watch tv, and cut some fabric. Not quite sure what it will become yet but I may have an idea. To make myself feel less guilty I organized by box of fabric for making quilts. I will be busy for awhile…
Slowly and I mean very slowly my vision for our yard is taking shape. If I could create and keep up with what I want to do it would be amazing. Our yard was a blank slate when we moved in which was nice because I can make it look however we want. However it means a lot of work to plan, create, build and purchase. We will get there slowly. Trying to work on one area at a time but you know life, something always comes up or there is something more to learn and try.
This will be my kitchen garden area. ( This is only a partial picture). It measures 34×34 approximately. As time and budget allows I am hoping to add in more raised beds, trellises, arches, fence in the whole space and of course have delicious fruits and veggies.
We had several starts and plants ready to go in the ground for weeks and now there are only a few left to plant. We planted sunflowers, corn, tomatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, pole and bush beans, squash and pumpkins, radishes, cantaloupe and probably some other things that I am forgetting to mention. Hoping there will be a break in the weather long enough for me to plant a bunch and then it can rain some more so I don’t have to water. I also need to get some more stuff started so it will be ready for those warmer days. Too many plants and seeds and just not enough time.