It is hard to maintain a balanced life when you spend more that 60 hours a week at work, away from your home-life. I have been seriously pondering what it will take and how to pull my life out of the consumer driven work world. Basically, I don’t want to spend my life energy working for someone else to make money and then to pay me only some of that money in return for my effort. Only to go out and spend that money to provide for my basic needs. I would rather use my life energy to directly provide for my needs.
My aspiration is to buy a home with some land. A farmette or homestead if you will. Raise some chickens and the occasional pig. Garden extensively, growing what we need to eat all year. Spend my time doing for myself and my family. I’ve been trying to sell the hubs on this idea for quite sometime now, but I don’t think he see things the same way I do. The paradigms don’t match. All I know is that he isn’t enjoying what he is doing now, and wants a change. I also know that he doesn’t know what he wants to do. So in the meantime, I’m going to keep talking about the homestead in the hopes that a seed is being planted and one day I will get what I want.
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Work – it’s been crazy busy, and I’m working six days this week.
I love the public library. So many resources at your fingertips and you don’t have to spend a cent! I just picked up a fresh bundle of literature. I just wish I wasn’t spending so much time at work so that I could spend more time with these books!
I’ve ordered my seed catalogues. I am starting to plan what I will grow this year. This year is going to be a new challenge for me. I don’t have a yard or land, just a deck. My brother-in-law and I will probably do some co-operative growing. Between his yard and my deck we should have plenty of produce and variety. (Seeds of Change, Kitchen Garden, Baker Creek Heirloom, Johnny’s)
Cooking – A new batch of yogurt was made using creamline whole milk. The best part is the thick cream top that forms. Yum!
Fresh Ricotta cheese – so easy, it only takes a few minutes and costs far less than store bought and tastes so much better!
Sprouts – I’ve started a new batch. They should be ready to eat in 5 days. More on that soon!
Lunch tomorrow is going to include a very nourishing and cleansing meatball soup with ricotta and radicchio whole wheat flatbread. The meatballs have currants and pignoli, the soup has cannelini beans, dandelion greens and tuscan kale with a rich chicken broth. Dandelion is great for your liver!
Can you tell I’ve had the day off? I wish every day could be like today.