Well here we are only a few days away from the beginning of a New Year and while everyone else is talking about resolutions, my hubby and I are sitting around at night circling items in our seed catalogues and planing out what we are going to grow and what part of the 92 acres we are going to use to do so. Not to mention I am currently going crazy trying to find time to read some of my newer homesteading books between helping the kids with their studies, organizing the house and all that everyday stuff that we always do!
With the increase in food, fuel and hydro this New Year things around the homestead are going to get quite tight, I am currently wishing this house was heated by wood like our last one was as propane could get costly and our winter is supposed to be chilly at times. And let's just hope the fuel prices don't skyrocket this year or we will be doing a lot more gardening by hand.
When we started our journey into a more self-sufficient life we never intended for it to be quite this hard but we are surviving and have accomplished quite a bit, and being that we don't know what the years to come will hold makes me more confident that we made the right choices. Sure we can't slaughter our own bigger animals yet but if it came down to it and we had to for food we would do it. We can preserve our own foods and now have to learn how to grow and harvest our own oats and wheat for flour. I have to put my sewing skills to work also in order to make heavier quilts for the children as the store bought ones are so cheap now a days. And if only I could make shoes...oh how I would be such a happy woman as these children go through both shoes and boots like no tomorrow and it always happens after we've made a visit to town. But no matter how tight and hard things become we have a roof over our head, a pantry full of food and extra water just encase needed.
Becoming totally self-sufficient is going to be the hardest thing to do and we have three years in which to accomplish it, while we learn and expand our market garden each year and hunt further North for our Forever Home! Yep I said it "Forever", a place to call home where our children can continue to grow our grandchildren can come and where we will live a hard but relaxing life without the worries of the big city life. Where we can sit and watch the stars at night and the sunrise over the hayfields in the mornings. Sure we won't be spoiled like we are now with all these lovely electronic devices but we will still have our necessities and have each other.
So I welcome you to follow us into 2017 where we will learn and fail many times but will never stop trying. Our blog has been quiet this past year but I am going to make it up to all my followers by writing something every night or every other night to keep you up to date on our journey. I hope everyone continues to stop by our blog and may everyone Have a Happy New Year.