I’m often paralyzed by wondering what could /will be…rather than working through what needs to be and can be, accomplished now. Just one little thing, one small action step. That's all it takes- today.
From the "12 Folders":
#5 adding ginger, and vitamin B12 to my routine dietary aids for health
(ginger is among the best spices for it's anti-inflammitory properties, and B12 is an anti-aging vitamin! Dr. Oz says so!)
This is the format, featuring motivational graphics for that months' focus:
Inside the folder are how-to's and other pertinent info.
(If I want to make some perfume for Valentines there is a link to the website to order decorative perfume bottles, and a recipe template, etc.)
The calender is full of the things pertinent to that month, PLUS small actions on annual goals evenly spaced, plus whatever chores are scheduled. And anything else I need to remember, like birthdays.
It looks something like this example:
So, I let out the 3. Maybe they'd learned their lesson.
Yesterday I caught one of them at it again, and re-incarcerated her. Then this morning she laid - and didn't eat the egg!
Well, she can stay put. I got 2 more eggs today from the others.
This flock is apparenly “contrary” to most; they don't all lay in the morning like normal chickens are “supposed” to do!
Sheesh, maybe I should paint a spot on them to tell them all apart. I know there are a few now not laying at all.
I’m getting 2-3 eggs a day if I go out often enough (4x a day). Even the confirmed egg-eaters will often leave me eggs, sometimes the only eggs!
Which is fine enough for our own use but not for selling any. I have a client who is allergic to the hormones and whatever else is in the store-bought eggs, but she can eat plain organic ones. (If there are more laying then the eggs are disappearing.)
Reasons NOT to... well, it means decisions and a bit of a learning curve and some cost, and building, and less simplicity and follow-thru. Once you get them you need to do something with them to make it a worthy and viable aid to living standards.
The sustainable plan looks something like this:
Not sure how goats and/or cow will fit into this equation!!
For the sake of argument, I could go back to school, but the payback in income (unless you start a successful business) is at the whim and mercy of not just someone else (who's needs will always come first), but of the global economy. Which has no offerings to the middle class person...
This winter, I'm concentrating on the chickens, on art, getting a garden plan ready (seeds, systems), working a property map, and debating the goats. Or cow.
I've discovered some promising breeds and ideas. I sure think about getting involved in 4-H volunteering, just so I can learn!
Current biggest issue is that Hubby is completely consumed with carrying on our business income, and though we talk about plans and he's interested, he's pretty much preoccupied and not interested or 'into' making decisions on building anything or helping me figure things out. I'm kinda on my own. That's ok, it worked out with getting the chickens!!
Gardening plans have started in earnest- so far the methods of gardening are cemented, but what I'm growing is still up in the air. I'm checking out seeds right now... it's so fun!
Growing methods planned:
There are so many things to consider and prep for and get supplies for, it's a little bit overwhelming. First things first, breathe, one little thing at a time!