Failure is the only option

It amazes me sometimes how God will use the same lesson for multiple people in my life at the same time. This weeks lesson Failure. My life is a complete and utter failure. No this isn’t a pity party. I am glad.

Sunday our pastor gave a sermon about failure. He said that people are more likely to regret the things they never tried than those they did. This is so true. At the end of your life there are a lot of wishes.  I wish I would have… you fill in the blank.

To be faithful followers of Christ, we must be risk takers.  To take risks means you are inevitably going to fail. So instead of dwelling in failure and trying not to fail, we need to do the opposite. Fail Fast, Fail frequently, and Fail forward. That is the definition of being successful I feel, Failing forward.

The past few months have been extremely hard on us. My husband is on salary so no matter what he works (sometimes 50+ hours a week) he gets paid for 40. My husband gets up at 3:30 to leave our house at 4. He works from 5-5 and then drives the hour home. Some days it’s worse and he doesnt come home till 7. This makes it hard on me. I’m going for honesty here. I pretty much run this family and farm on my own. When we moved here we knew it would be tough but you never really know a situation until you get into it. It is hard, exhausting, and all we have doesnt seem to be enough.

When we moved our house payment quadrupled. The other bills stayed the same. We had added expenses of turning on utilites and buying more fencing, plus still trying to do all that we had done before…you know like eat, buy some clothes, buy animal feed. Every week I feel like a failure because I dont have a job. I mean I do but not one that brings in money. I certainly cannot ask my husband to get a second job..when?? I also feel I am still suppose to homeschool the children. They help me so much on the farm that I cant imagine a whole day without them. I also cant imagine spending a whole day in the workforce not doing what God has called me to do. So here I sit..a complete failure..I”m doing everything horribly and nothing well.

So there I sat last week in a pity party state. I went to church and asked my sunday school class for prayer over finances. I was able to get a one day a week job and babysit over summer so some money is coming in, but that is just for food and there are so many other needs. I asked them to pray for the right door to be open and for God’s help in this situation.

This past week then was the sermon on failure..go figure. But what the pastor said got me thinking…. My whole life has always been a failure and that I needed to look at it from another angle. I again entered sunday school thinking about this. One lady said she thought of me all week and prayed for me. She said she was worried for me.  This is what I told her and the rest of the class.

Thank you for your prayers but as I was sitting today in church thinking of failure, I realized I fail daily. My whole life is constant failure, but also tons of growth. I am constantly trying something only to have it fail like 4 times before I get it to be what I want. I realized that even financially I am failing, but growing. Yes its hard having this house payment and bills to accompany the new house but as I’m failing to provide, it is making me strive to find a better way and eventually I will be a success in it.

You see I had the wrong approach. I am worried still about bills and such, but worrying wont add anymore hours to my day or years to my life, it only adds stress. Instead I am embracing my failure as a homeschool mom, as a farmer, as a gardener, and as the financial keeper, and I’m going to keep failing until I get it right. It’s not about giving up and grabbing the first thing that pops up. It’s about humbling yourself before God and asking What do you want for me? How do I get there? Then doing what you think it is until you get it right. Yes I could send my kids to public school, get a 40+ hour a week job, but when it comes to God’s plan how is that going to work? It wont. I cannot run the farm, garden, and homeschool which are my passions, if I am chasing after financial security in a way that wasnt meant to happen. God has a plan for us to be financially secure in the farm, in gardening…how is that possible when I am not failing daily at making that happen? If I am too busy doing things to help myself, how can I have time to let God help me?

God this year has done wonders here, and I’ve been to worried to see it! Looking back, since the move, I see how God has given me a garden when I had no house. He has provided rain so I didnt have to go there but once a week. He provided a bounty to take care of my CSA even though I think it’s not enough, they are happy with it. He has blessed us with fence being given to house animals, enough extra money after buying the house to build a nice big frame-in chicken coop. He has allowed us to buy sheep again this year to fill our freezer. He has had friends come out of the woodwork to help on the farm by tilling and giving us raspberries, blackberries, peach trees, apple trees, asparagus, kale, rhubarb..the list is endless and will produce for years to come. He has taken a plot of land that I cannot afford to fertilize, that is mostly sand and brought forth a bounty so great I am amazed everyday just looking at it. It’s so freakin AWESOME! Why on earth am I having a  stressful pity party when God is taking all my trial and errors..my failures and turning them into something good?

There will be food to eat, bills will be paid, it just wont be my plan. It will be God’s plan that I must fail daily at until I succeed.

 

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

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It’s not about EVERY weed

Lately as garden season has started underway in Indiana, I’ve been getting a lot of people who are very overwhelmed by gardening. The conversation usually goes like this:

Me- So did you plant a garden this year?

Them- No.

Me-Why? I plant one every year. I love it.

Them- Well its just so hard. I mean I till and plant and I try to weed, but I get busy and cant. Then a month goes by and my garden looks like a jungle. Then I dont even want to go out there because it will take forever to weed. If I do try I dont even make a dent in it! So I’m just not planting one this year.

WOW. Is this you?? I was talking with a lady just yesterday who said she doesn’t plant a garden because she was slave labor in her childhood and she hated it.  I’m pretty sure we all did as kids, but life taught me that just because you didn’t like something when you were young, doesn’t mean you wont like it now as an adult.

My love for gardening came from being forced to. I was a child slave in the garden. I snapped my fair share of beans instead of riding my bike. I weeded so slow I was out there all day, but when I decided to be a stay at home mom and finances didn’t include much food because of diapers, I had to do something. I had my mom help me grow my first garden. Then I tried my own with minimal help the second year. I had to learn to can. I bought a dehydrator as to not waste anything we could possibly eat. Yes I had kids and yes I still gardened. It’s amazing what you can do when you are hungry   ;)

The main thing I learned in my years of gardening is you dont have to weed everything all the time. Last year I took on way too much in the way of gardening. It was my first CSA year and I was raising animals plus homeschooling in the summer because we didn’t get all the way done. I was working for Farmer Joe and by August my garden looked worse than a jungle. Weeds so thick you would would have thought no food what so ever was in there, yet each time I’d walk in with my milk crate, I’d come out with it full.

The trick is knowing when you have to weed and when you dont. The biggest best example I can give you is corn.  I weed my corn twice. Yup..thats right. I have a 35×50 foot plot of corn..about 400 plants and have weeded twice. You till, weed when the corn is about a couple inches high and you can make sure you dont pull any out, then when it looks really weedy do it again about 2-4 weeks later. That’s it. Just let those silly weeds grow. Your corn really wont care. If they get too tall take the weed-eater in there and go between your rows. If you have chickens you can do what I do. Fence in your area with temporary fencing when your corn is knee tall, then let them in for a few days.  My corn has never suffered.. How did I learn this? Failure lol.  I failed to weed because I just didn’t have time.

Many plants hate weeds but some dont really seem to care. Trial and error is the best method as I have yet to find a book that is called Garden Weeds- Let them Grow!   So here is what I try to keep weeded and what I dont.

Do Weed (pretty much as soon as you see weeds):

  • Lettuce and greens- spinach, romaine, iceburg, leaf lettuce, arugula etc. It sucks to pick grass out of a salad!
  • Green beans- too much green and its hard to find the beans!
  • Cabbage- they just dont like weeds

Weed if you can(every month):

  • Cucumbers- put these on a trellis to save space, makes weeding easy, they dont care about weeds
  • Green Peppers-place grass clippings around the base fairly thick but not too thick as to create a lot of “heat”
  • Tomatoes- place grass clippings around the base fairly thick but not too thick as to create a lot of “heat”
  • Peas- put these on a trellis to save space, makes weeding easy, they dont care about weeds

Don’t Weed much(1-2 times in a garden season):

  • Crops that Vine on the ground- watermelon, pumpkins, muskmelon-mulch heavy with straw instead
  • Corn-weed twice or so and use a weed-eater between rows
  • Bulb onions-weed enough that the roots get a good start
  • rhubarb-as you harvest take the leaves and lay them out flat around the area, it acts like a mulch
  • asparagus- I weed until the shoots start coming up and then I leave it and pick, when the season is done, I mulch heavily with grass clippings
  • Carrots- weed when they are 2-3 inches tall, again when they are about 6 inches tall. after that the tops will keep most out-plant them close! (my rows are about 6 inches apart)
  • potatoes- weed when they first come out of the ground, weed again when they are about 4 inches tall. shovel dirt around the leaves to increase potato yield, leave about 2 inches showing and this will automatically make it weed free. use straw to build up mounds too
  • radishes- twice is about all you would use anyway before they would be ready to eat!
  • turnips- weed when they are about 3-4 inches tall and again at 5-6. the leaves will keep out the rest

Some other garden tips would be:

  • plant your stuff in a 3 foot bed, pack it with as many rows as you can, and make a walkway on each side. It allows the soil to stay loose around the plants in the middle and you can weed-eat the walking rows.
  • Remember not to let your weeds go to seed!
  • When you get done at the end of the season and you’ve harvested, till and plant buckwheat. Just throw it on the top of the soil and rake it in. It grows in about a month, chokes out weeds, and is bee friendly! It dies with snow.
  • if you are waiting to plant a second crop in late summer also till and throw in buckwheat until then.
  • use grass clippings as much as you can because its a green manure and will break down over winter
  • use other forms of weed barriers you buy at the store but dont drain your pocket each year, your doing this to save money…
  • relax! weeds happen!!

Remember gardening isnt about having absolutely no weeds in your garden, it’s about growing your own food! Who cares if it doesnt look like the fields of corn and soybeans sprayed with roundup. It’s not suppose to. It’s suppose to be enjoyable and fun. The next time someone looks at your garden and says, “Man that is full of weeds!” Just say, “That’s ok, weeds happen, they will all be tilled under in the fall, break down during winter, and I will have even better soil next year!”

 

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

 

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Inside Pictures

So in the last post I gave you some outside pictures, now its time I give you the inside pictures. There will be a few changes to the house once we get in it because it needs updated or needs minor repair but all in all it is a nice house.

I don’t have a picture of the downstairs bathroom, but its mega small and basically one one person can walk one way at one time lol.

Upstairs kitchen- small, needs help

Upstairs kitchen- small, needs help

Dining room into the living room

Dining room into the living room

Partial living room/hallway to the bedrooms

Partial living room/hallway to the bedrooms

Upstairs bathroom. Needs updated

Upstairs bathroom. Needs updated

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Bedroom #2. Needs a closet put in, a wall, and a door to make it separate and a hallway to the garage

Bedroom #2. Needs a closet put in, a wall, and a door to make it separate and a hallway to the garage

stairs coming down to the basement

stairs coming down to the basement

View of the basement from the stairs

View of the basement from the stairs

Living room going back to the back of the basement towards the laundry room and other bedroom.

Living room going back to the back of the basement towards the laundry room and other bedroom.

Downstairs canning kitchen :)

Downstairs canning kitchen :)

Bedroom #3

Bedroom #3

laundry room

laundry room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry again about the pictures..sigh..oh well at least you can see it! Now lets all say a prayer together that we close before Good Friday..so that Good Friday will be good for two reasons ;)

Happy Homesteading!! :D

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Is the Wait over yet?

This has been a horrible wait for this house. I guess I’ll appreciate it more right?… something like that. The temps dipped down below freezing…the house is already de-winterized, there is no heat on, there is no propane to turn the heat on…I’m a little worried.

I got a call from my loan broker and he said that underwriting is finally done and has given the ok to proceed to close! woohoo right? Now there is just this small matter of the interest rate, down payment amount, what our monthly payments will be….. sure would be nice to know some numbers. Apparently I must be patient today as the bank decides if the interest rate the broker offered is accepted or not. I don’t even know what it is but he’s already disclosed a rate we can live with and he said it will be lower than that..lets hope so.

So since it is looking hopeful that we will get this house closed sometime this week (praying constantly that it does), I thought I’d show you our “dream” home.  It better be because we did everything wrong and are going into some mega debt compared to what we are at now!

Let me just say that first..I hate the layout of the inside, but I will get over it because at least half the year I will be either outside in the garden or out in the barn..and I can design those the way I want. I just have to have a comfy chair to crochet in and do jewelry making in the winter   ;)

Ok now for Picture overload:

The front of the house

The front of the house

East Side- Deck and walk out basement

East Side- Deck and walk out basement

Looking out to the east at the barn

Looking out to the east at the barn

Off Deck looking North East. There is 15 more acres of a lower lying area off to the north that is ours as well.

Off Deck looking North East. There is 15 more acres of a lower lying area off to the north that is ours as well.

View of the barn from the driveway

View of the barn from the driveway

close to the walkout basement

close to the walkout basement

Trying to decide if I should remove the bushes..

Trying to decide if I should remove the bushes..

Walkway to the front door that will be changed to concrete

Walkway to the front door that will be changed to concrete

Trying to decide a way to partially cover the "eyesore" that is the well and electric area

Trying to decide a way to partially cover the “eyesore” that is the well and electric area

Lean-to off of the back of the barn that hubby wants me to make the rabbit/chicken area. I'm thinking winter cow area.

Lean-to off of the back of the barn that hubby wants me to make the rabbit/chicken area. I’m thinking winter cow area.

Pond that is on our property. Hopefully it can support fish right now! The land to the left of that picture is ours as well.

Pond that is on our property. Hopefully it can support fish right now! The land to the left of that picture is ours as well.

Here is a better picture of what land there is..its not much..the fence is hidden in the tree line but it's at least two acres behind the pond.

Here is a better picture of what land there is..its not much..the fence is hidden in the tree line but it’s at least two acres behind the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry things did not line up correctly. I guess its time I learn to live with things not going as planned.  Inside pics to come in the next post.

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

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The Long Wait

You know it would be nice to share with you all the news of our new house…however it still has not happened! Look back when I wrote those posts..you’d think it would be done already!! It’s been a rough ride. First, we were approved for a conventional loan. Then when my hubby sent in his employment verification it was not what the guy had used to approve us. He used our taxes instead of hubby’s paycheck stubs.

So after that fiasco we had to try to run this thing FHA. In Indiana they hate acreage. I don’t know why but apparently FHA will only count the first 10 acres with your house in the appraisal amount. So if your property is 25 like ours, they counted the best 10 with the house and said ok its worth what your loan is.

Well long story..long, cause there is no short story here, the underwriter said no to the loan. Why? well 21 acres of the land we want to buy is in a Wildlife Habitat program. Even though the appraiser didn’t count that land in the appraisal, even though FHA was ok with financing 25 acres, the underwriter said that, should the bank foreclose, they would have a hard time selling the property. Really..um..we are buying it..why? Well it can be pulled out anytime for minimal back taxes plus it is a HUGE tax break right now. And hello Mr. Underwriter, anyone can put their property into the program so how do you know that half your loans aren’t already in one??!!

Needless to say our broker went to the bank president himself to override the underwriter. So of course all this up to this point has taken well over a month. This going over the underwriters head was just last wed. So this Monday we got the call that the bank president had a brain on his shoulders and ok’d the loan, but he wanted to make sure FHA didn’t have a problem with it. Well yesterday we got called stating that FHA didn’t care.. Hello, why would the government care that the land is in a government program?! Duh…

Right now we are still in a holding pattern. We are approved with conditions again. This time the list is shorter. When the appraiser went to the house the water heater wasn’t on and he couldn’t get into the barn, so those two things have to be looked at. Plus there was a piece of exposed wiring on the ceiling in the kitchen, so we are having someone put in a light. Hopefully once that stuff is done, then all will be great. The problem is our sales contract for this property ended Monday. So even if we get to the closing date the owner can pull out and say no.

This trusting God thing is harder than I thought……… I’ll keep you updated.    :roll:

 

Happy Homesteading!!!   :D

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New Arrival

Just thought I’d share with you that we have a new arrival! Last year we kept two of our lambs in the hopes of breeding. Then once we noticed how much they were eating in hay, we brought the male to the sale barn and kept the female in hopes she was pregnant.

We ended up not really even finding out she actually was till Feb when her milk came in. Well last night she looked a little odd. Her milk dropped really low and she looked like a cow by her hips. I saw a little discharge but nothing major. I knew it would probably happen within 24 hours.

The worst part was that it was the coldest day of the week. The temp that night was below freezing and it was suppose to snow 2 inches. Of course she was going to have it then!

He’s so ugly looking lol. He’s a mix of a Suffolk and a Dorset so he looks a bit like a goat/lamb. He has a hairy face and is mostly white except he has a round black spot on his right butt cheek and the bottom of his legs are dark gray. He’s cute just because he is ugly. Oh well. They all cant be super cute like kittens or we would want lots of them.

Tonight it is suppose to be 12 degrees with a 15 mile an hour wind so we built him a little lamb house with a heat light. When he gets cold he walks in and lays down. Good enough for me. Oh and I put a cute little dog sweater on him to keep him warm and toasty.

So here he is.. Mr. Chops as my husband calls him lol.

mommababylamblamb2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Homesteading!!!   :D

 

 

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Trusting God part 2

So with the perfect house in site, and no money, all we really could do was pray. I was so tired of waiting and waiting and waiting only to seem to get no where fast. My house is cold, I hate being cold. I wish I could live in Arizona or something. This winter was really bad. There were -40 temps and our pellet furnace and wood burner couldnt keep up with all the leaks of air that was coming in. We just wanted a warm house that was done. We had been trying to fix this place for years.

So on to my story..tax season came, we put that money away. It was only half of what we needed for that place. It had been sitting on the market for 2 years. Then all of a sudden I saw God move…MIGHTY. First I got affirmation at church through a sermon that this was what I was suppose to be doing.. Gardening, farming, helping people, living off the land, being a good steward, caring for his creation. Then…the money..we had half the amount. Then his dad asked to rent our home and offered to pay us a downpayment. I remembered we had taken a credit builder loan out with our bank and we only had one more payment and that would give us more towards the house. So I asked a good friend to borrow the last little amount we needed. She said yes and so we were on our way!

We still had this little problem..the amount they wanted for the house..um..yeah no way could we afford a house payment that high. The last thing I want is to get so far in debt we lose the house because my hubby gets sick and we cant make a payment. We decided how high we could offer and honestly it was 15,000 lower then what they were asking. So we started the bid LOW and they came down a whoppin $2,000. So we uped ours 10,000. Again they came down $2,000. My husband was getting frustrated. I had already bought this home we are in now and know that these things can drag out. I tried to encourage him and we put in another bid..5000 higher…then they came down another 2000. Sigh..really!! My husband was done. He said this is our last offer and he put it out there. It was up another 5,000 but they would have to come down 9,000 to match us. What were the odds? not good.

So we prayed more. Told others to keep praying.. if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be right? I mean in one month we managed to secure all the money to put down 5% on this house after waiting two years..God can work another miracle right?? I had doubts..9,000 was a lot to ask from Mr and Mrs $2,000 lol.  So we waited because it was Sunday and we were suppose to know Monday.  Then it happened. A text from our Realtor at 8:30 pm stating they came down to our price!! They asked that we pay all closing costs but we were honestly in shock! Out of nowhere they agree? um ok…go God!

So after waiting two years for things to happen and nothing going on, we managed to not only secure all the money we needed for a down payment, but my parents loaned us the closing costs, and they came down the 15,000 we needed them too on a property that was worth 10,000 more than they were asking in the first place! When God’s timing is right, its right. When God wants to move..he will move. Are we scared? Yes. The payment is still very large and I hate debt. It will require me to go to work part time just to keep us afloat until God can help me learn more and bring more people into my life to buy our goods. My husband is freakin out now that reality has set in and he realizes how little money we will have, but God got us this far and I doubt he has brought us this far, this fast, only to let us fail and lose it all. He has a plan and I am moving with him as he moves forward. I am so excited yet scared to death at all the new changes that will be happening this year. I will share pictures with you once we close at the end of March.   :)  Finally..my dream farm!

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

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Trusting God part 1

Its been hard. For two years we have been looking and wanting a homestead with a lot of land. I love gardening. Its in my soul. I love feeling the earth between my toes. I love looking over my plot of land and seeing little tiny green things poking through the dirt. I love knowing that I grew something. It gives me a feeling of pride. Last year I grew garden shares, my form of a CSA. It wasnt what I wanted exactly. The weather sucked and things didnt grow to the amount I felt people deserved to get for what they paid. However when I asked this year I ended up with 7 who wanted them. How on earth was I going to do that on 1 little acre?

I’m an animal lover, any animal really. Last year on my tiny acre we had two turkeys, 6 lambs, and over 30 chickens, along with the garden! I was extended to my max. I already have orders for two lambs and we need three for ourselves over winter. I couldnt imagine trying to extend my garden triple what it was last year plus raise at least 5 lambs all on my acre. So I started to pray.

It’s amazing what prayer does. It’s amazing what a group of people praying does. We found one place two years ago we swore was perfect. Turns out two years later, that the house wont be worth anything when we retire plus we probably cant even get insurance on it now. While we were waiting for them to sell during the first year, we found another place. Well ok my hubby did. He drove me past it and I was not impressed. It had a lot of low lying ground that I thought for sure would be a pond almost year round. Against my advice, my husband set up an appointment to go look at it. We had no money to put down on anything and I didnt even know why we were looking.

The place was great for what my husband wanted..I wasnt so sure. The land was ok..I could deal I guess. It had a barn that was cool and even had water out there! There was a pond/flooded half acre next to it. The house layout sucked but it had two of everything. So after looking at it, my husband was pretty much obsessed with it. Since we knew we wanted to move we started packing away what very little we could save. It wasnt much because I dont work. I take care of the homestead. With our bills and all the things these boys seem to eat and outgrow we just couldnt save anything. Tax season was coming in a few months and the house was still available. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it was perfect.

Two car garage, two living rooms, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens..perfect for canning downstairs where it was cooler and not dirtying the upstairs. A walk out basement to carry my produce from the garden without having to walk through the house with my dirty bare feet, a barn that not only had water out there, but also had a huge shop for my husband and a huge area for all my animals to spend winter. There is water on the property incase there is a zombie apocalypse, enough front acreage to put my 7 shares plus a garden for us, and the fact that the low lying area didnt have any water on it despite having snowed like mega feet, drifting snow,and then warm temps to melt the snow. There was water in farmers fields that were iced over..sometimes the entire field was an iced pond, but that area looked natural and dry. Weird. I could live with the weird layout of the house because everything else was perfect. Did I mention it was 25 acres? Score!

We still had absolutely now money and they were asking more than we could ever afford and there was no way we could come up with a down payment. It really did seemed hopeless..but I continued praying and I continued to ask others to pray. If its meant to be it will be they kept saying. I had my doubts but I kept praying non the less…..

To be continued…

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Eating in Season

I have to blog on this right now because it’s been bothering me for a few days.  Alot of time when I am talking to people about farming and gardening, we have a lot in common. We all eat out of our garden, mostly do nourishing tradition guidelines, try to eat organic as much as possible, and stay away from a lot of processed food. Then I tell them I can my food. There is where our conversation takes a nosedive. “YOU CAN! OMG you are killing all the beneficial stuff! I would never eat stuff out of a can. I buy fresh, local, and eat in season.”

So let’s think about this for a minute. First, my stuff is not in a can, it’s in a jar. I can see my food, no bpa’s or whatever that stuff is everyone is worried about. Maybe on the lid which doesnt really come in contact with the food because you leave headspace like you’re suppose to. Second, I know it kills all the bacteria in the food…um duh..I dont want any bacteria what so ever because this will be sitting on the shelf for years waiting for the Snowpocolypse that is coming   ;)  Lastly, you eat only food that is fresh, local, and in season??

Well we live in Indiana. It’s -5. What is “in season” here?? Animals. People who eat in season bother me when they live in cold climates. If you live in Arizona..great..you have year round seasons. Indiana has Spring-so wet you are really trying hard to start your peas and lettuce in between the snow that decided it wasnt done yet and the pockets of flooded ground, Summer- the optimal time for growing all your stuff, Fall- crap shoot on weather…can I finish harvesting everything in time for the snow mother nature decided she was ready for or do I have to cover everything? and Winter-  freeze your nose hairs off trying to do chores and cant put on enough clothes to keep yourself warm out there, or mother nature cant make up her mind and it’s 40 one day and -10 the next!

People can eat in season but you cant eat local or fresh at the same time mid winter. Those in season items like pomegranates in December..are in season over seas or in mexico maybe..but they are trucked green, which means they are neither fresh nor local. Oh you ate bananas this winter..opps..costa rica grows them and again trucked. Oh you got some stored carrots?? cool! Those arent fresh..they were picked at the latest Nov. and its Jan. See that’s what bothers me. They are complete idiots. Sorry if you have said that in the past..see the light..forgive yourself and move on   :)

For me living in Indiana, my seasons are different. I do have seasons, they just differ slightly. When I say I eat what’s in season, this is what I mean. And no I do not eat JUST this, I eat the trucked organic, and even processed food! Shock, AWE..I know right? I’m a rebel being a stay at home mom and having to limit my income to only partial health food. My seasons are as follows:

  • Spring-Starter Season-when you plant your organic garden and eat greens for the next two months, you finish cleaning out(eating tongues and hocks) the deep freeze of any remaining meat products so they dont go bad, you finish up eating your stockpiles and have to go grocery shopping again, you buy all the animals that will spend the summer with you and hatch out a mega chick farm
  • Summer-Full Swing Season- you go whole hog on all your homestead veggies and fruits cause everything is growing, you are sick of zucchini and you have green beans and corn coming out your ears so all the extras get canned and saved for winter, you frolic poolside with your lambs and chickens..ok we dont have a pool but maybe one of those small ones so we all can cool off.
  • Fall- Ending Season-you start storing away potatoes, apples, and winter squashes like they are going out of style and you’re so sick of eating apples and pears that if you see one more you will puke right there on the spot, you finish your canning and start culling animals to fill your freezer again for winter. (This is Oct for me. If I dont have a full freezer I freak out)
  • Winter-Storage Season-hunting season to top off your freezer full of GMO deer meat, squirrels, and rabbits, you eat on the canned vegetables and fruits from your garden, you eat the stock you hoarded of potatoes and squashes, you start emptying your freezer of all the meat you filled it with, you grocery shop for those foods that you were sick of all summer that now only grow in other countries

There are a lot more things I do with each season. I also dehydrate veggies and fruits and make jerky. The point is that if you are eating only local, fresh, in season food in indiana on a -5 day..you best not have a job because you are going to spend your day either ice fishing or hunting for your next meal.

 

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

 

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Gluten Hell

I’m writing at 12:30 am. Wanna know why I’m up? Well the title should give you a clue. I’m in Gluten Hell. I was totally an idiot. In my defense though it is my brain’s fault. It is still on Auto “eat whatever you want” mode. It hasnt made the switch to cant have gluten..EVER.

So let me lay it out for you. My son and I were home alone. I wanted to do something special. I had been wanting mint chocolate chip icecream all day and made up my mind I would go get some. We both pack into the car and drive to the Dollar General. Of course they dont have mint chocolate chip, so we try to decide what is good. We decided on double fudge ice cream. I look..it has wheat..put it back. We decided on drumstick ice cream.. it has wheat because it has cone pieces in it. Finally we settled on Rocky Road.

While there my son says, “Mom, I want those cherry things that you put on top.” Ok grab a jar of Maraschino cherries. I also decided on whip cream cause man no ice cream is complete without that! I also grabbed a sanity bar of dark chocolate and “because I had that and it was no fair” my son wanted another snack. He wanted the chocolate twinkies they had. Fine.

We get home, grab a huge bowl of icecream, complete with whip cream and cherries. Then like a stupid complete idiot, I automatically unwrapped two chocolate twinkie, broken them in half, and placed them in our bowls. I dont know what the heck I was thinking. My brain must have had a complete shut down at the thought of chocolate or something. We proceeded to eat our lovely bowl. It was so much ice cream however, that I couldnt finish half of it or the other half of the twinkie, thank God.

That was at 9. I started to feel bad around 9:30 and was extremely tired so we all went to bed. I woke up half hour ago with the most wicked heart burn ever. It’s like my whole stomach and halfway up my esophagus are on fire and it is being stabbed by a knife as well. I took tums which never helps, but one day I’m hopeful will and sit here. I feel like I need to vomit, but not sure it would do any good at this point, so I sit in agony.

I really really really wish my brain would constantly think about gluten. I cant afford to feel anymore Whoops. Complete brain farts are not allowed. I cant help but wonder, if I had eaten the whole thing would I be in the bathroom right now praying to the porcelain god? I cant even say how happy I am I only ate half…. soooooo glad. Although I’m in gluten hell right now, it could have been much worse. I”m already starting to swell and become inflamed so tomorrow I will awake all sore and stiff. Argh.. I hate gluten!

 

Happy Gluten free Homesteading!!   :D

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