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!