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Ep2: What’s the Plan for 2017

It’s still winter here so not too much is going on. I wish there was, but then again sometimes I don’t. This time of year really gives us the time to spend with each other and with our families. With that being said it also gives us a lot of time to think about what we would like to get out of 2017.

Bre (my wife) and I have been doing a lot of talking these past few weeks about what we would like to start doing come spring. As of right now our hands are tied because we still rent. Hopefully that will change soon, more on that shortly. However, we can start planning now. We both know that these plans or rather ideas are not set in stone and are subject to change. What we can do is work with what we got right now.
So the things we are hoping to do this year are: for starters we are trying to buy the property we currently live on. We have had talks back and forth with the landowner and come to terms, we hope. Now it’s just the legal paperwork we are waiting on. We are praying that this all goes through without any hiccups, because a lot of our future plans are dependant in us buying the place.

So here are the things we can do no matter what happens:

Less Waste:
I’m sure most of you have heard of Bea Johnson, or heard her motto, “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (and only in that order)”. If you haven’t then you should definitely check her out. Being less wasteful is something that my family already practices but not to the extent of Bea and her family. As of right now we only throw away one small grocery bag of trash every two weeks. We’d like to see this get even better, maybe one grocery bag every month or two.

*As I was writing this my wife informed me that we were on week three and haven’t really thrown much away at all.*

Garden:
Despite last years troubles it could have been much worse. There are always things to work on though and the part that we want to work on most is how we can make the garden better. We can start by keeping better track of how things are growing and how we plant them are key factors here. We are not going to make the same mistake as last year and plant things to close together. We can do a better job at weeded the garden and harvesting when its time. I think that preserving and making better use of everything that grows also fall into this category.

Homemade Soap:
So this is something that I’ve wanted to try for a long time now. Even back to the house in town going to farmers markets and buying the soap that the Amish make. The truth be told, I’ve always been afraid to try it. You know it’s dangerous, something could happen. I feel confident this year. I’ve done my research and I’m hopeful that all will go well.

Compost:
We’ve had a compost bin here at the house for a couple of years now, but really haven’t put the time or effort into it as we should have. It has really just been a place to throw out our scrap veggies. I want to move the bin for starters and make multiple ones with an open concept. I’d like to cycle the compost like we should’ve been doing from the start. I’d also like to start putting all of the things that should go in it, in it, not just veggies.

Homemade/ DIY:
This is something that we were doing a lot of a couple of years ago but over the past year or so we have placed it on the back burner. This relates more to food from scratch and home-made remedies than anything else. We just haven’t been doing this, instead opting out for something more convenient but less healthy. There are so many things we’d like to try but I’m not going to list them all here because it would be a nice size list. Guess you will just have to follow along and see what we try.

Finances:
I will be honest here, I have never been good with money. It burns a hole right in my pocket. So I’m definitely working on managing it better. Treating it like a business, less money has to go out than is coming in. This is more directed at myself more than anything because my wife never buys anything. We are going to work on paying some of the debt that I owe and putting money back for a rainy day fund. I think after that we’d like to work on having multiple sources of income coming in from any number of small projects. That way not all of our eggs are in one basket, but this may be farther up the road.

Teaching our Boys:
Even though this should be a given it is something worth noting. We plan on teaching our boys more about this lifestyle. Growing their own food, making things from scratch and hard work. Yes, they are both young but it’s never to early to start teaching them what it really means to have a good life. We feel this will give them a better appreciation for the things we do and the life we are giving them.

Strange how the list always seems so much longer in your head as you are thinking about it. Then again I’m sure they’re things that I’m forgetting as well. I’m pretty sure you get the picture from what I have here about what we are trying to do and the direction we are going to take. I’m sure this list will expand as the year goes on, for now though we are just going to take it one day at a time.
Thanks for following along.

God Bless
-Norm

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