June is almost upon us. I find this remarkable. It seems that just yesterday we were celebrating the new year – and now suddenly we’re six months in! Whew – talk about time flying.
We are supposed to start shopping for our homestead this month. Choosing a property to which we will retire and become self sustaining. I anticipate this being many things… a lot of work, exciting, and even heart rending I’m sure as we agonize over which place will suit us best.
I want to be closer to my grandsons – and am being pulled in that direction. Yet I don’t really want to leave these mountains, and I honestly don’t think he does either. So… we shall shop – and we shall find that perfect place… the one for us. And we shall homestead the hell out of it.
What about you, what would you look for in a new abode?
You know, moving is never easy. It is always an experience – most often a bad one. Yet, here I stand. Two years shy of 50 preparing to retire and embark on the most challenging journey of my life. This is going to be interesting to say the least. I’m sure that it will be fraught with peril. And joy. I know there will be a lot of joy.
Soon, our lives will change forever and we join countless others making a trip back. Back to a time where each and every family could sustain its own members with the fruits of their labor. Where a bushel of tomatoes was worth a pound or so of flour, or sugar. A time when working meant something – and not working meant you may not survive the winter. It’s not a lifestyle for the faint of heart, this is for sure.
Animals don’t care that you’re in pain, sick, or tired… they must be tended to every single day, regardless of the circumstances. Crops cannot be left to moulder in the field because you don’t “feel” like doing anything today. One night could mean total loss. You don’t get a pass on your birthday, sick days, or vacation.
Each and every day is another opportunity to provide security for yourself and your family. There are some pretty specific skills that are required to do something like this… Things I’m pretty sure I’ll need to know:
- Canning and preserving vegetables, meats, and fruits
- Growing, tending, and harvesting a year round garden to feed 4
- Raising and caring for goats, chickens, pigs, and eventually cows
- Making paper, soap, laundry detergent, and other toiletries
- Rainwater catchment and purification skills
- Basic first aid – human and animal
- Irrigation, carpentry, basic plumbing
- Fire Building and charcoal production
- more, much, much, more…
You know, there is a lot that goes into becoming self sustaining. I know that it’s not going to be easy… sometimes it’s not going to be exactly “fun”… but all the time it’s going to be rewarding. That’s what counts. Utilizing your God given skills to care for yourself. I’m excited to begin this next phase of my life. I know that my future holds untold adventures. I look forward to sharing the experience with you all. Stay tuned…
Wow, so Aprils challenge left me seriously wanting. Wanting my hands to stop that everlasting ache. Wanting to sleep a full night without numbness and tingling waking me up. Wanting to lose 10 lbs to take the pressure of knees and lower back. Wanting most especially to complete the A-Z… this did not happen, and I am disappointed. I think I’ll make a project out of completing the challenge – just over the course of the year not a month. *sigh* Chronic pain disorders suck.
I’ve dealt with Fibromyalgia for the last 12 years. I’ve had tendonitis for the last 8 years. And now in the last two years rheumatoid arthritis has set in. I guess I should have taken better care of my body when I had the chance.
But its okay. I fully believe that our upcoming lifestyle changes will see much better results than any pharmaceutical could do. We are closer to the beginning of this journey. So ready to get this “party” started. Home shopping will come soon enough.
We were blessed enough to visit a friend yesterday living in just the situation we hope to have soon – and it was beautiful. Lush gorgeously forested areas, chicken coops, plenty of area for crops, cows, goats, and pigs. It was perfect for what we want to accomplish. I hope we can find such a great place ourselves when the time comes. I hope we get to remain here in my beloved mountains – it’s just home.
That’s what’s up with us… hope you are having a lovely week!
Wow… it’s been a week already – and its only Wednesday! So, here’s the scoop guys…
I’ve got Rheumatoid arthritis in my hands… it decided to flare up on Thursday last week. I’ve been unable to post since. Using my hands when they’re in the middle of a flare like that is impossible. The back of my right hand was so swollen it looked like someone had stuffed a marble under my knuckles… it was pretty painful. After some ice, and a few days of rest and pain meds/steroids for the inflammation I’m feeling much better – and so I shall pick up with E where I left off tomorrow morning. I am hoping to get caught up, and ahead tomorrow… without throwing myself into another flare up.
F is for Family
Family is so very important in ones life… but not just the family we’re connected to by blood. The family that we build around ourselves can sometimes be even more important to us than those to whom we are connected.
Now, don’t get me wrong – my mom, kids, grandparents… those people mean more to me than any other… but they’re not always the most important at any given time.
You see, we’ve been grafted into the family of God. Joint heirs with Jesus to the kingdom. That family – the relationship with Jesus. His is the most important relationship in ones life – and without him there is no hope for other relationships to work.
But there are people too, people who are in your life to be a blessing or even to be a trial… to teach a lesson that otherwise could not be learned. Some of these people become so deeply rooted in our hearts that they become part of our earthly family. Friends so dear that it would be like losing part of ourselves to lose them.
Then there are our spouses. They should be closer than a brother. Your spouse should be your best friend. Someone you can tell anything, be yourself with always, and that share your hopes and dreams as if they were their own. Someone who loves you as you love yourself… as we are commanded to love each other. This is family – biblically its the start of a “new family”, a cleaving of man to wife – a separation of blood family and the beginning of the heart family.
These friendships, or kinships – they’re important to how we perceive the world. These friendships help shape us into who we are, and who we will be in the future.
Treat your friends well. Shower them with love. Let them know how much you care – for tomorrow may be too late.
Happy F Day!
D is for Don’t… just… Don’t
So, we’ve all had the moment right? Your child, someone elses child, someone… somewhere… gives you a “Don’t… Just… Don’t…” moment.
What is a DJD moment you ask?
Oh, well you know… the moment that your 15 year old daughter does any of the following:
- Announces loudly at her father’s company dinner with his boss that “of course she knows how to twerk… her mother is the best at it.
- Comes out of her room dressed in something that could be a floor length full cover gown… for smurfette… and proceeds to brag about how she found it in your closet…
Oh you get my drift – same thing with boys… or other people’s kids… or anyone for that matter; those moments in which you just cringe in embarrassment… for yourself, for them, for everyone in hearing distance…
I have moments like this at work. When little old men who think they’re still “funky fresh” try out their best lines on me. Its rather humorous to say the least.
I’ve had the “don’t” statement met with wailing and gnashing of teeth… the rolling of eyes… the inevitable “aww mom”. But still I stand fast. Just… Don’t. No.
Don’t… Just… Don’t, okay? We can get along a whole lot better if you just… don’t.
- Don’t judge.
- Don’t discourage.
- Don’t divulge (secrets)
- Don’t rely entirely on the kindness of others… DO something for yourself.
- Don’t be shy, ask if you need help.
- Don’t lie.
- Don’t cheat.
- Don’t steal.
You know… Just don’t.
What kind of “Don’t… Just… Don’t…” moments have you had?
Happy “D” day!
E is for Energizing
Recently, with all the health scares going on, I have taken the time to look for things to energize me. Things that I find to be just plain exhilarating. Stuff that makes me catch my breath, take a second look, and really appreciate God’s divine handiwork.
I find that some of the most energizing things for me are free, fun, and healthy to boot!
My absolute number one energizer? Waterfalls.
Something about the turbid flow of water, the total dominance of the landscape, and the unbelievable beauty calls to me… seemingly runs through my veins and makes me feel amazing.
Another energizer for me? Spending time with these guys:
They make me laugh, keep me young, and always, always make me believe in myself.
I’m a truly blessed woman. I have so many, many things to be thankful for. I have my kids, former step kids, seven amazing grandkids… I don’t know if I could ask for anything more… but an afternoon by a waterfall, with the love of my life? That’s a pretty good start!
Happy E Day