Setting up Homesteading
Where does one start when you have a lifestyle of too much: Too much stuff, too much weight, too much inactivity and too little funds to support it all? With a recent health diagnosis, a reality check was in order; and a change of life was needed—and not to say the change of life isn’t part of it all!
I am in the process of constructing a new healthier lifestyle and am always searching for ways to make it all better! Our way of living is way out of balance and a recent trip to the grocery store confirmed that. It is a trek to get to the healthy choices and all along the way are insurmountable obstacles of fat fake foods to deter you. Healthy choices were all around the outside, and if you venture inwards, I think the store sucks you in that great vortex of craving.
I have always been one to cook from scratch and make everything I can: from clothes to cleaners; but due to a recent job loss; (not my fault, was there 17 years and it is the government’s budget cuts that did it) I decided that I could either find another part time job to fill the rest of my free hours or look at things in a new life—so being a lazy person, I thought starting to homestead the old-fashioned way would be a better way to go. So I would like to share my progress on this journey of setting up “homesteading” in my own backyard. Although there will be no livestock—yet.
Week One: Made a list of everything that needs a little tweeking and set up a section for each area in a binder to collect up ideas and progress. Now you could do this on a computer, but I think a paper version works better for me as Facebook and email are lurking around. Ideas for consideration:
House: clutter, efficiency, cleaning products
Yard: build a greenhouse, add fruit trees, compost, livestock? (can’t eat the St. Bernard)
Finances: ways to streamline all aspects-hydro, food, vehicle usage, service charges
Health: gym, food, sleep, stress
Personal Growth: courses, library programs, free seminars
Tips of the Week:
Meals: Menu plan using the flyers to see what is on sale. There is a fantastic app for your phone that gives you all the flyers in the world I think? (REEBEE) Try to only shop the outside aisles: meat, produce and dairy—although I personally think milk is something similar to cow pee, but that is another tale. Set a budget of about $40.00/person for the week as a challenge. Save all your leftovers and put in baggies to freeze until you have enough to make a freezer soup! That includes the carrot peels and onion scraps—(wash them first before peeling).
Garbage: Trying to achieve a goal one bag of garbage to set out using a food composter, green bin and a yard composter made with 4 skids (salvaged from the side of the road)… (Some weeks I swear we must have thrown out kids there is so much trash!)
Now I am off to research a new greenhouse to grow veggies in all winter and to house the pond fish as I am terrified of them in my house in aquariums—they stare at me. I am thinking of building one that has soap bubble filled walls to help insulate against our Canadian Winters. Oh, to find tires that I can grow my potatoes in!
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