I don't think this was a personal failing. It isn't that I hadn't worked really hard most of my adult life or that I didn't try to keep my son and myself off of welfare. For quite a few years we were very independent ( by today's standards). We paid for our our own health insurance. We paid our own rent and utilities. We ate really well. But life happens. And sometimes it happens in very hard ways.
Simply enough, I got sick with Multiple Sclerosis. So my ability to work hard and my ability to provide for myself and my son were severely compromised for several years. Fortunately, I learned to slow down and got healthy and ...learned some valuable lessons in self sufficiency.
Now, our nation is walking the footsteps of a financial crisis. For now, it still seems far away. I can still go to the grocery store and buy my Factory Farmed chicken and strawberries from Argentina. I can go to Malwart and buy poorly made shoes from China. But ...the soles wear out quickly on those shoes. An economic system that is only based on growth ends up eating itself. How long can this go on? Well, it seems to be eating itself now. I need to wrap my mind around the fact that some day, I may not be able to find chocolate at the grocery store. Or someday..the heating fuel of my choice may be too expensive for me to purchase. Someday, inflation may price me out of the formal economy. So simply enough I take the "wealth" I have now and invest it items I will be using in the future. If nothing happens, well, then, we eat what we have, we use what have. My children's feet will still grow and they will wear the shoes I have put aside for them. If nothing happens, well, my husband's income is still not going to grow dramatically. So it makes sense for our family to grow most of our own food, cut our own firewood, and live as frugally as possible so we can live comfortably.
Plant: 111 garlic bulbs. Transplanted rhubarb with the hope it will like its new home better.
Harvested: leeks, turnip, apples, spinach, corn for the pig
Preserved: spinach, dried pears, pear sauce, dried apples, amaranth
prepped: stocked upon baking soda, yogurt cultures, kitty litter ( it was on sale big time this week). I have started an emergency cash fund for under the "mattress" . It is never too late for a Rainy day fund. I am a newbie a vermicomposting and the little guys are thriving. I am such a proud worm mama.
local foods: a friend from church has provided apples from organic trees for folks at church. plan to dehydrate these, farmers market twice this past week.
managed reserves: building a new compost pile from garden waste and the first fallen leaves. I hope to have at least one more pile made this fall to have a good jump on next years compost. Wrote out an inventory of the home canned food and will post it on the blog. I will post the frozen foods this week after that is tallied. Working on a list of the last few things I think we need to stock up on for the winter with regards to dry bulk goods. My hope is to be at the point where we are just buying butter and milk from a local farmer with occasional purchases of grains, coffee and chocolate. ( yeah ,I know, not very local but we get them fair trade from our church).
learned something new: I learned how to felt a hand knitted project.
cook something new: dehydrated pears and pear sauce....YUM YUM YUM.....if we eat them all now I don' think they can considered preserved but what the heck they are good.