When I pulled up last year’s list of skills/resolutions we made for our homestead to prep for this post, I was a little shocked.
Shocked because we hadn’t looked at it since I wrote it in January.
Shocked because we’d failed to move forward on 5 of the 13.
Shocked because we barely made any progress on the majority of them.
I felt like we failed Homesteading 101.
Then, I found a post I’d forgotten I’d written. After I re-read it, I went from feeling like a failure to feeling like a success.
- We planted 65+ trees.
- We built a new, bigger run for the chickens.
- We learned that we are not rooster people.
- We expanded the vineyard.
- We transplanted seaberries and blackberries.
- We built a squash arch.
- We built an herb spiral.
I’ve learned that nothing is certain. That even the greatest intentions can be pushed aside for those unexpected opportunities that pop up.
So this year, I’m listing the same goals and resolutions as last year.
I know other things will come up and we may switch gears to follow something else. I’m not going to feel bad or guilty about failing the skills below because I know that no matter what, we will learn and move forward.
I’ve been submitting to magazines and publishers after learning SO much in the workshop I attended in May. I’m going to continue to push forward and accept failures, learn from criticisms and take more risks.
2. Seed Saving
We saved more okra and amaranth seeds than we can use. This year, we are going to start saving tomato and pepper seeds too.
3. Concealed Carry
Another goal we have not tackled. We found a range near us that offers the class, but I want to get some range time in and get comfortable holding, handling and shooting my gun.
4. Essential Oils
I’ve been using and diffusing essential oils on a weekly basis. I will continue to use them and learn more about natural remedies for common ailments.
5. Back to “prepping”
I want to step this up. It’s an easy one and it is silly that, beyond ordering a few kits from Amazon, we’ve not made progress.
Our goal is to get back to food rotation and copy canning so that we have at least 6 months of meals.
6. Curriculum Planning
This is the one goal that I feel REALLY good about. The boys and I have a routine that often gets disrupted…and that’s ok.
8. Stocks and Investing
Ray has learned quite a bit about the stock market and investing. I have not.
This year, I’d like to start an investment club with friends. It will force me to learn and ask questions about the stock market and investing.
I have let this one slide. This year, I’ll try to have a set routine…especially because the boys can go to a Kids Get Fit class while I work out.
I had 268 followers at the end of 2015 and I have 362 followers now. Not too shabby! However, I can do better. I’ve started to share my blog posts on more social networks like Twitter and Pinterest. I’ve also created an Instagram account for my blog so I can share pictures of what we are up to.
11. Tree Care
This year we planted more than 70 trees, but have done little to make sure they will thrive. We are taking a “survival of the fittest” stance, but I think that might really be an excuse for not putting the effort in to make sure they survive (ie, laziness).
I’m determined to prune, fertilize and care for all of these trees…even those that seem on the verge of death.
In an effort to at least start this goal, we’ve watched two videos on propagation.
We’ll continue watching these videos so that we can execute what we’ve learned in the Spring.
Nothing has changed since last year on this one.
“We know how to brew and we know how to make wine…but I don’t remember the last time we’ve actually done either. We’ll be focusing on getting our kegs full and learning more about making meads and cysers from fresh fruit.”
We have a 8 gallon bags of grapes, blackberries and aronia that we will be making into wine this year. No, really.
No, really we will
No excuses for failure
No, really we will