The bottom line is that after too many years of struggle and throwing everything we had at it, we will be losing our home (some unknown timeline) and moving. At this point we'll be happy to give it up. This story has been somewhat covered here before so I won't bore you (again).
Working with what I do know, or can guess at and hope for, this is the new plan...short term (for our longer term plans see previous post!)
What am I preparing for? Only 5 of the 50 risks out there... In no particular order:
They are all possible. Some are probable.
I’ll be learning hands-on how to ‘process’ a chicken this spring. I have 5 roosters to process (or give away, one or the other).
From the "13 in 13" site:
You select your 13 skills and then define what it would mean for you to develop or drastically improve.
You can set up a profile and add a picture of yourself if you like; you can add your social media information as well. I think this could be a good way to not only encourage each other, but to hold each other/yourself accountable too."
hat means in each day or week, we would try to……..
(see list in red, below, that I've tweaked to fit me...)
Making full and good use of what you have, trying new recipe, using a clothesline, etc.
For 2013, we need to get on the ball of finishing preparations for possible further financial crisis and fine-tuning for specific disasters – in our case WILDFIRE:
goal #10: Purchase Goods for Trade and Barter (this may be much of #4 (just buy more than you ‘need’)
I say put your best foot forward, and get prepared for the fight of your life –
Made before the world reached 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, but relevant all the same.
Since debt represents ultimately a claim on real assets, debt cannot continue forever if growth of the real resource based economy has stopped. This is Hubbert's Third Prophecy: When economic growth cannot continue due to the lack of affordable oil, then we will have a cultural crisis. Well we are here folks...”
I thought it might encourage you for me to share my current challenges and how I'm aiming to meet them, deal with them, mitigate them, overcome them, and live a more resilient lifestyle.
If YOU dream of writing a story, try starting in November, it's "National Novel Writing Month" and has it's own supportive organization! (nanowrimo.org)
--maintaining the chicken coop (it’s always something, lol).
I thought we had a BIG house, until I suddenly needed to move everything to make room.
Storage areas are packed, and a mess.
I need to pack up my art supplies and farmgirl supplies…my closet is full and the attic is too.
So I kind of wander from space to space and stand there with my hands on my hips, thinking “Ok, gotta move this stuff. But where to? Shall I take it ALL out and re-re-re-organize and repack it again, hoping it will take up less space? Is that TV worth storing? Will I ever use that delicate antique furniture? Do we have enough visitors to make those beds worth the space?” and on and on… and then I’ll move one thing, only to have to move something else in order to put it somewhere. Ugh.
ONLY 3 WEEKS to get it all cleared out, and set up beds for 5 more people that are helping them move….and plan how to feed us all. Haha on me (who thought I was so well organized).
There is only one chair since Mom can use a wheelchair. Those are vintage crate labels decoupaged to the acrylic patio table, and on the right is a red screen door as art, and a gameboard on the easel, as art, and Dad's "supper prayer" I grew up hearing, as wall art. Still refining this... The other side has a huge rustic wood entertainment shelving thing for the electric appliances (roaster/toaster oven, microwave, double hot plate) and storage, and there are other things.
Here's a piece of what I'm painting on the wall above their bed (no headboard). It is going to 'frame' a special art piece they have that is framed in gold, of 3 overlapping red elephants. They are original hand-rubbings from a temple site where rubbings are not allowed any more...
I give all edible scraps to the chickens, I have no idea what they found so interesting.
• Building with Natural and Recycled Materials
• Solar/Thermal Heating and Cooling
• Solar and Wind Electricity
• Water Harvesting
• Contained Sewage Treatment
• Interior Food Production
They have proven comfortable in any climate, any landscape, any size and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.
And one last (favorite) thing to do during this short interlude - catch up on new homesteading blogs (with time to join their spring contests, lol).
One of my new fav's is by Heather Harris, called "The Homesteading Hippy", which has a current contest/giveaway of a new ebook out, called 'The Urban Chicken'. I don't really feel that WE are urban here, but I couldn't help signing up for it, because I'm hoping to win it as a housewarming gift to my sis-in-law, [who is moving from the suburbs back to her old 'homestead', and starting from scratch. She's raised many goats before but not chickens!]
These days, we need all the insight, info, and encouragement we can get... do I hear a "YEAH!"?
So, if you're urban or you've got an appetite for homesteady stuff, check out that blog!