This is my American dream…

Image I mean think about it. Wake up with the sun, crawl into your custom breakfast nook to enjoy the kiss of sunrise. Think to yourself.. What do I want to do today. Get rid of the have to. We don’t have to grind away at a corporation setting to have things, nice things. We just have to change our perception.

Remember in school, where they ask you to take out a sheet of paper and write where you want to be in five years.. ten years.. Every year it changed, so why was it so important to push specific goals? For me to realize later, I failed them all in some way or another. I remember my 8th grade ten year was to be married to Buck Cargile, well that didn’t happen. Neither did I become a veterinarian, nurse, astronaut and I’m pretty sure the first female President floated around through elementary school. What’s the point? What if our teachers didn’t ask for specific goals, just directions. Maybe write out our favorite hobbies over a few years span, collect them and let us explore the options that have appealed to us best.

I think its more important to lean towards behavior rather than strict goals. If focus is put towards good behavior and open direction, we could have several places we could end up and that would be perfectly fine. I want to look more into ‘unschooling’. When we get our place, I would like to unschool Sydni. Let Nature be her guide. Giving her questions and answers at the same time. I picture us going through out our day making observations and talking about it. Going to the library to look further into things we had questions about. Just this time together, outside of four walls, will be beneficial to us both. Working in the garden together, talking about the principles of things without it seeming like a drill, working out the details of the house. Letting her see that we built our house, we own it, not the bank. We are free to do as we please with our time due to the simple way we live and that is true riches.

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Garlic is in the ground and the potatoes are piled high!!

We planted three rows of garlic cloves today! I spent the morning weeding the beds and hard raking all the loose dirt the chickens have been scratching away from the beds. They have really screwed my pooch on the Fall garden, I knew they would and the precautions I took just weren’t enough. I planted the garlic in the beds to the farImage left. Not like a regular Fall crop I guess, it stays until May. I think I’ll rotate out with a block of corn.

Writing down bed layouts for crop rotation is one of the biggest things I want to learn and work on. I planted legumes after the corn to hopefully fix nitrogen for the next crop. Each plant can help or hurt each other just by the way you plant it! I guess it’s time to reread all my Permie stuff. I have different questions this time through, just like they said I would. The old theory vs. practice. With Winter approaching, I’m sure I’ll get my fair share of catching up on my reading. A new GRIT came just today, with winterizing your chickens on the cover, just what we’ve been talking about!

I piled the potatoes today as well, tried to leave just the tops showing. This will be my first trial with growing them this time of year. I’m assuming just like the carrots, if I keep the tops from getting freezer burnt and die, they’ll continue to grow. The carrot tops in the container out front are a good 4 inches now. I’m glad they’re out front, the chickens would have had a field day with those fluffy tops! I plan on getting onions from Renfroe’s this week and a couple bales of straw to add some finishing Fall touches.

Keeping up the good work 😀

Word.. from my mother ;)

So I actually think mom is considering the idea of us coming down there. It would be awesome. We are going to look at the land they sit on when we go down for Thanksgiving. I don’t think they like the idea of cob as much as they would a cabin, tiny home style. That is fine by me!! That would let us build both if we wanted. Set up the homestead, actually build.. All the while learning the land, setting up the garden. I’ve never even practiced with cob so maybe this is a better idea to start. I want to do an outdoor kitchen area on whatever we decide, between the kitchen and garden would be nice! I would build a cob oven to break everybody in on what it’s all about and how it works.

I’ve been entertaining the idea of a Japanese style outhouse for the main bathroom. I feel completely renewed on my inspiration. I honestly thought my mom and step dad would shoot me down on this and I think the cob, they will. But the cabin, we may have hope! She says to me yesterday.. It’s all woods back there, Kortni. Yeah, mom, I know! I talked to her about felling trees on site. Renting a sawmill for lumber, hopefully harvesting all you need from what you cut down. We talked about composting toilets and solar panels. I think she is really starting to take me seriously.

She’s at a hippie festival this weekend, so I tell her to get in tune with nature while she’s there 😉 Ask someone what they think of earth homes and off the grid living. Hopefully her and Jay come back with renewed inspiration for us too!

Goals…

So first things first, right? You’ve got to have goals and I need to establish some concrete and some flexible goals for myself and my family. I read yesterday a women took her family on a 100 day no preservatives stretch. Wow, I don’t know if we are ready for that big of a goal!!

My true long term goal is to live simply; off-the-grid and as harmonious with nature as we can. I think it is very important to try and mimic nature when designing and building. We want to build our home with our and hopefully many hands, out of earthen materials we find on and in the land. I want to teach my children to teach their children that peace, not materialism, rules the world.. We are only here for such a short time and it needs to be a common goal to leave this place a little better than we found it. I read yesterday, the average home of 2200 square feet takes roughly 13,000 boards of lumber. There are at least 5 of those American dreams sitting in my neighborhood empty from foreclosure. I feel the envelope is pushed here. We are encouraged as a country to live beyond our means. To buy the houses and cars that we can barely afford, to work ourselves into the ground, steady winding away from the true meaning of happiness.. For what? To come home at the end of the day exhausted, to a family you barely know, food you hardly have the concentration to really even taste. Then off to bed to do it again tomorrow! No Thanks!

Okay, that was a pretty windy long term spill.. Let’s see short term. I want to continue deeper into the practice of gardening organically, using companion planting and diversity in place of chemicals. I want to be able to attend more workshops to learn about any and all of my current interests. Sustainable agriculture, building with earthen and recycled materials, permaculture meetups are things that network us to like minded people as well as teach.

I want to work on our nest egg for “that piece of land”, you know the one where all our dreams come true 😉 We’ve read people doing away with their insurances and having a saving account for medical emergencies. (Michael reads the survival boards everyday) Saving money and getting out of the debt we can is our biggest goal here. We are figuring out what we really need and exactly how much income we need in order to make it without full time jobs.

We are spending less time with the t.v. on and more time together, which was my goal for earlier this year. We do more family activities without even leaving the house. Homework is more fun. I let her read to me almost every night, snuggled in her bed. We challenge ourselves to find inexpensive outings if we go out. A day at the park and nature trails with a picnic costs a lot less than taking 5 people to the movies or out to eat. We can’t do it anymore and the the thing is, we really don’t want to.

Wow.. that all sounds great and good!! So, let’s push through and stay focused. Right now we learn, save, look and wait. It will happen..