Warning bragging post ahead. Doors thrown wide open, shirt sleeves, brilliant blue skies, towering palm trees, a comfortable (warm) 85 degrees, and orange citrus hang like decorative ornaments throughout the sunny southland. Sorry, hope I didn’t spoil your day!
The spoiling winter weather makes it tolerable to live in the land of polluted air (though it has been getting better!) sig alerts, crowded freeways, spoiled stars — weather couldn’t be finer here in lala land.
To all those who kept the Peddler’s Wagon wheels turning this gift giving season. We appreciate your support and business.
The hottest items on the Peddler’s Wagon this season were the lovely ollas, low impact solar ovens, useful 2008 moon calendars, reusable water bottles and handy kitchen composters.
Answers From The Urban Homestead
Would you and Jordanne consider offering a cookbook? I would love to see your recipes (it would be helpful!). Perhaps you would consider an e-recipe book emailed for a donation? – Becky
Thanks Becky for your positive compliments. Appreciate your moral support. That’s something that’s been on weighing heavy on my brain and to do list for quite awhile now. I hear that suggestion quite often along with “have you considered catering or selling your baked goods?.” Actually, catering /baking would be nice however, with all the insurance and health issues I’ll think I’ll pass, although my sister and I will do small jobs for trusted friends. An urban homestead recipe book would be swell and with the new journal there will be a category* (see post below) for recipes so that readers can easily refer back to posted recipes.
The problem is for most stuff I make, I usually don’t measure or if I find a recipe I tweak it here a little there a little. One fine day, I am going to have to start putting all those tweaks in writing. I’m also a bit self conscious and wonder “who would want to pay for simple recipes especially with all the hundreds of thousands of wonderful cookbooks and great online recipe resources to choice from” As for me, I have only bought less than 4 cookbooks my entire life. The handful of other cookbooks that I have were salvaged in back of a restaurant and a few were gifts from relatives so I would have to ask myself would I buy my/our own cookbook. There’s a lot that I wish to do and what I can manage to do. Hopefully the new year will be a less chaotic one.
Paying For Mistakes
They say life’s mistakes come back to haunt you….
It’s remarkable to look back and realize that PTF was the very first urban homesteading” blog”/ site on the internet. PTF started documenting our journey back in the medieval days before there was even such word as “blog.” It’s great to see the development of online urban sustainable efforts.Seven years ago when we started this documented online journey of a urban family trying to live off their land, there was no such thing as blog sites.
So for nearly 4 years posted journal entries in html format. Well, the new journal (we’re using WordPress) can’t understand all that extra coding. I did my part to add to this mess by not spending time to make sure my entries didn’t contain any unnecessary coding crap. So now I spend what hours I can squeeze in removing all the html coding from seven years worth of entries. If someone has a better way please let me know – save my right arm and my mental sanity. Please! Ok nuff kidding around. Yeah, so there’s a dark side but it’s also been enlightening to go back down memory lane. For one, going back in time has brought back quite a lot of memories and am humbled by the experiencing how far we have come. Re reading stories about our first chickens, ducks and “to do list” or when we challenged ourselves to to grow 6,000 lbs from our 1/10 th acre garden. Also, I can see how the writings and entries have gotten better and better each year — well, that’s my opinion anyways. The post are still not where I /we want them to be, yet but they are certainly an improvement. One thing good that will come out of this mess, is that we will be implemented categories into the new journal format. Allowing readers to easily access posts regarding certain steps we have taken. We will be taking time to put all seven years worth of postings into the new journal categories. Which I can then easily refer to when I mention something from the past seven years. Neat huh? If we’d had foreseen the future of the journal we’d have set it up differently. When I start complaining about the work Jordanne reminds me that I was the one who said “we don’t need (no stinkin’) categories.” Sheesh, how idiotic of me, should have listen to my little sister.
Here’s a question for you readers, like to hear from our veteran/oldest readers. Are you still with us? When did you start following the PTF journal —
It would be great for readers alike to hear your thoughts on how these musings have made an impact in your lives. Or speak up! Here’s your chance to be honest, if you are bored stiff or contented with such simple (even long winded) ramblings and would like a bit of spiciness and you are looking for more “younameit” or would like for PTF to focus on this or that then let’s hear some feedback.
The PTF journal and site’s success is based on our readers so we do appreciate your support and value your feedback. 2007 is winding down and we so look forward to another year, sharing our journey with you. “Traveler there is not path, paths are made by walking… “Let’s walk!
:: Field Hand Appreciation :: SS $50 donation. and a card that said
“Dear Dervaes family,
Best wishes for love and happiness in the coming year. Keep up the great work. You have inspired so many”
Thank you for very cute card and lovely sentiments for that we are truly grateful. We appreciate your support. Many blessings to you in the new year.