“Jack of all trades, master of none, though ofttimes better than master of one.”
Over the past years, we’ve had dozens of book offers, all of which we’ve turned down (I can hear the chorus of groans). Why? Well, for one, we felt that we must continue (at this stage) to forge ahead in our urban homesteading efforts. There’s a time & purpose for everything and we didn’t feel it was the right time. Everyone knows that when you decide to write a book it takes up pretty much ALL your time and you can’t do anything else – gardens go into neglect, projects hang in suspension, stuff gets shunted aside as one expected to meet the publisher deadlines. Plus, we have too much stuff to learn – by doing!
Since urban homesteading is our life, we are ever so busy doing and have very little time to write about what we were doing except for here on the journal – which acts as a chronology or diary of an urban homesteader. A picture is worth a thousands words and many people have told us that our urban homestead blog is our urban homesteading book! The urban homestead is not words on paper but a living-working model in production that’s full of success and many a failure.
Another thing that we have learned in this 25 year urban homesteading journey is that each year that you add a different skill or project, the challenge is to keep this “plate spinning” along with the others you’ve started. Believe me, we’ve dropped a few plates in our time but we don’t give up!
Learning by doing is still the best way to learn how to farm and homestead. Such times that we have learned the most about farming/homesteading have been when we were thrown into a situation and forced to sink or swim.
Here at Little Homestead in the City we are striving to keep true to the eco pioneer spirit as one family tries to keep all the plates spinning – all at once.
I always cringe at the term “master (fill in the blank).” If you cease to learn, you cease to exist. Nature teaches you firsthand that one is never the master of her domain. Nature also teaches you humility and patience. Just when you think you have it “made” – she throws you a curve ball that can leave you swinging.
Another thing we’ve learned is that you are never REALLY “master” anything – always a student. Learning through the trials, tribulations and growing along with them.
So with, as one of our friends wrote and we are now borrowing, “Patience, Persistence & Humility” we enter another year here at the urban homestead.
Ready to be taught by our surroundings, ready to accept (hopefully with humility) what’s in store for us and grateful and blessed to be able to share our journey with you.