Sooooo, this morning I thought I would check out some of my new followers and their blogs. I clicked on my most recent new follower, "Nancy", and was disappointed to see there was no link back to a blog. But my oh my, does she have a long list of country/farm-type blogs that she follows. My guess would be that she either lives in the country or wants to -- badly. I clicked on the first blog she follows, as the name piqued my interest. Back to Basic Living - hey, that's what I've been trying to do for years now!
And so for about an hour I travelled all over this self-sustaining couple's website and blog, devouring how they got started down this road and how it's working out for them 2 years later. What an interesting read!! And it got my wheels to turning - we live on 26 acres and there's no reason why we can't be more self-sustaining than we are. Sure, time is always an issue since we both work (except I'm in-between jobs right now!) We wanted to put in a garden this past spring, but fence work took priority, and there was a TON of fence repairs needed on this property. So, NEXT year, FERSHUR, we are putting in a garden. That, I believe, is the first step to self-sustenance.
I was reminded by her dog food and dog treat post -- I used to home-make my own dog food years ago. Why am I spending all these dollars on organic dog foods for my girls, when I can make my own?? And so this gal has propelled me to get back to my homemade dog food basics. It really is so easy -- I would make a huge batch on Sunday afternoons, keep some fresh in the fridge and freeze additional batches in Glad food containers. I've always made my own dog treats, but I'm going to try to do it with more regularity now.
Someday down the road, I'd really like to have a few chickens. We have the coop already here, although it does need some repairs to one side where hubby burned it (you remember his spring pasture burn?! you can read about it and see pics here)
Bit by bit, piece by piece, I think we'll get there and be better at self-sustaining ourselves. One step at a time, right?!
Ohhh, and I'll get back to checking out my newest followers.... soon. After I stop allowing myself to be sidetracked so easily!