“…You should always cast your eyes toward tomorrow. Sharpen your vision. Never be guided by the principle “everybody’s doing it…” Jules Dervaes Sr, (1913-1996)
Grandpa was a wise one with these words. Thought his sentiments would be a fitting start to a new year.
While folks maybe writing down resolutions for a new year, we are going to twist things around a bit and list our “hopesolutions”- goals, projects, we hope to get to in 2010. God willing….
Keeping it Real
Of course, there are over-all goals here on the urban homestead: improve productivity, save more energy & water, whittle down the shopping list, etc., etc.
I could go on but, instead, going to have a little fun!
Went around the urban homestead and asked the Pasadena Hillbillies “what do you hope to accomplish next year?”
Answer (in one breath) : Going to start raising fish first in a small fish pond but have plans to build a large one that incorporates used water in the garden, fix/tune up the cars, take out the last bit of concrete (reuse the urbanite throughout the garden) increase our hives and, hopefully, have a good honey flow this year, try (once again) growing mushrooms – it’s easy the first time from a kit but to keep the reproducing for a continuous supply is tricky, get a solar water heater but that’s going to cost some money and such big green purchases will have to wait till we have some green (or unless a company would like to donate its product would be nice), work on a few home improvements that will help with our conservation efforts and that’s all I can think of right now. There’s lots to do and keeping everything going and doing them well is a challenge and that’s what urban homesteading is all about – it’s not just about making biodiesel, growing a garden or having chickens it’s about doing everything well, or at least well enough to survive.
Answer: That’s a tough question. Don’t know if I can list everything. The other day I was checking out a spinning wheel. Still plugging away at improving all the sites (thanks for your support and patience – I’m trying my very best so just hang in there) Really enjoyed homebrewing efforts and want to continue them with experiments in flavored meads, also like to get the cellar fixed up (so we can actually walk down there) and use it as a storage for our fermentation, brewing efforts. I’d also like to make ginger beer – that’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I like fixing up things. There’s also home storage/organizing improvements that I have in mind. Trying to find a place for everything and keep everything in its place – yeah, easier said than done with everyone and everything fighting for space. Ummmm, what else? I’m multi tasking here… Oh, yeah, like to continue to see Amy, our duck, improve from her injury. That was a learning experience for all of us natural holistic treatment. And there’s writing to do. I enjoy writing so I have stuff jotted down all over the place and need to put it together.
Jed (Jules) Catching him in between plantings and working on his presentation for the upcoming urban homesteading workshop at the Eco Farm Conference…
Answer: Getting things organized (me: seems like that’s majority of the sentiment around here these days) so that we can expand, have people/volunteer to come in and take over some the duties. I also would like to see the seed company and sites like Freedom Gardens grow up and mature (pay for themeselves) Water is also going to be critical so I’d like to get back to working on my greywater system. With an old house our plumbing is getting old, will need to be replaced soon and, like in the past with other home improvements, going to try to do that ourselves but need a block of uninterrupted time.
In the garden, continue to improve the soil using natural methods. Improve production. I believe every year one should take stock of the previous one and figure out what can be done better here on the urban homestead, in our outreach and individually as people. There’s always something to improve.
Granny (Anais): Oh, dear it’s my turn! Right now I have a jumbled list that’s rolling around my brain like a mad pinball machine. Here’s my note to self – like to be more organized, improve and be more efficient in my homemaking skills, step away from the computer and live life, talk less – listen more and “wear the skirt” (ok, only a few of you will understand what I just said – perhaps this will give you a clue) sew and knit my way through the mountains of fabric and yarn in my lifetime.
Like to continue to keep things real and honest here at LHITC as we walk a more sustainable path. Not to mention I hope see the urban homesteading model expand with workshops, presentations or speaking engagements. Have a power point and will travel (with expenses paid of course)
Oh, yes, and to sell 1000 Little Homestead in the City calendars~ time’s running out! (Note: Jordanne informed me that the handful of calendars we’ve sold already will help cover the cost of a code that she needs to improve the journal. Thanks! )
Now readers, it’s YOUR TURN! Care to share your HOPESOLUTIONS for 2010?
Also, I’d like to hear what your favorite posts were of 2009.
We know there’s a bunch of you readers who are out there — in fact, this blog got over 400,000 page views this year!
Come on, don’t be shy!
That way we know what ya’ll are hankering for.
Last, but not least…. don’t know how many times I’ve said this this week but…. thank you all again for your support and friendship. This blog is here and, hopefully, will continue to be here because of our loyal and generous readers.
Ya’ll come back, ya hear!
Justin (Jethro) is big, strong and kind. Jordanne, like Elly May, is a lover, caretaker of animals, bringing in all sorts of strays and hurt animals. Jules, as the head of the clan, got the notion to start off on this journey, Me, well, I am Granny who’s always brewing or whipping up vittles in the kitchen (not to mention I got a pair of “granny boots” to boot!).
Heck, we did feel like some dang hillbillies when we first moved to Pasadena from our 10 acre plot in the South. Why? Cuz we took our countrified ways along with us to the city and we sure did get a few stares.
Now, listen to Granny and get to a commentin’ about your “hopesolutions” and favorite posts of 2009.
Looking foward to sharing in 2010.