I should be happy. I am happy. Do you know what gives me the urgency to keep going in this pursuit of more self-sufficiency? Books. I should really stop reading. They make it sound so simple and romantic. I want a beehive now. It will be a while; mostly because the setup costs money and there are things that I'd rather spend our money on (LIKE A NEW CAMERA). I read this book called Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. Reading through some of the things that she labels as easy I become suspicious. However, I think I can do bees after reading her experience with the chickens. Chickens were and continue to be rather easy farm pets; easier than what I believe her experience was. If the hardest part about bees is the setup... I can do it. Commence researching beekeeping... or whatever the correct term is.
Current skills I'm trying to master...
- Make a GOOD loaf of 100% (no white flour) Whole Wheat sandwich bread. (still failing miserably. I can make a killer 100% white loaf, no problem. Darn it.)
- Make crackers.
- Make granola.
- Keeping learning guitar (I know, how is that self-sufficiency? Jenna Woginrich declares in her book that it is and I agree. Read the book.)
- Grow my first fall harvest (ever) from seed.
- Get through this harvest season and practice harvesting seeds (even though I can't keep them... practice right?)
- Knit something. Anything except a darn scarf.
My next book to read is called Real Food by Nina Planck. Lets see what kind of raucous this will create in my life. My mom-in-law also sent me a little book called Trowel & Error by Sharon Lovejoy. I'm really enjoying all these "ah-HA! That's how they do it!!" moments. I used a couple of the hints to declare war on the emergence of Japanese Beetles on our raspberries.