Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Goals for The New Year
There are all sorts of things predicted for 2012 and to be honest.... until or unless they actually happen they are just that. Predictions. I can't fret and worry about what may or may not happen when there is so much to be accomplished around here. I'm not to fond of Resolutions either and would rather set goals which can be obtained. That's just us of course but it's what works around here. This past year our goals were pretty "lofty" but mostly attained.
We were able to find this little Hillside Homestead. Cleared and cleaned land, hauled off trash, cut trees, laid septic lines, electric lines and water lines. Skirted in the trailer and got everything winterized. Mars performed miracles and got the well working so now we have good water. We've built a nice barn that's been plumbed for water and electricity. The "chicken palace" has been completed. We have our starter rabbits. We even tried to raise a few vegetables through the drought this summer. The compost pile has been started for the garden. Yeah, it's been a good year! And since we didn't actually get moved out here until the spring I'd have to say it's been excellent.
So what's on the agenda for the New Year? We still need to get the fence put up for the chickens. It would just be easier (not to mention cheaper) to fence them in than fence them out of the entire garden.The neighbor has offered to give us a few hens to get started and I'm hoping to get some chicks this spring. He's also wanting us to take some roosters off his hands as he doesn't want to do any butchering. Not that he cares if we do or not... he just doesn't want to deal with it.
Goats are part of the goal this year as well. We have fencing but it needs to be put up. Of course there are all the "goat things" that go along with that. And I'm going to need a learning curve since I've never even been around goats before! From what other folks have said I've got some surprises coming my way! At least I have "goat people" that I can turn to for help and advise. LOL Bring on the Nanny Goats! What I don't understand is why everyone who knows me busts a gut laughing when I tell them I'm going to learn to milk a goat. What?????? (ok you can stop laughing now too!! )
We are going to be expanding our garden this year. What we had last year was just a sort of a start and it was a pretty late start at that. There were just so many other things going on that needed attention around here and of course the weather didn't cooperate in the least little bit. Big things in the works on that front this year. I'll share them with you as we come to them.
So there they are. Goals for the New Year. Wow, it all looks real simple on paper. But if we succeed in getting these things accomplished then at the end of it all we should be doing pretty well. Rabbits for meat and chickens for eggs and meat. Goat milk, cheese and cabrito. Vegetables from the garden. Yep now that would be living large for little ol' me! Not to mention being that much closer to our main goal of living as self sufficiently as we can.
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