Welcome back to another edition of Sunday Thoughts. A break from my regular style of writing, these posts center around a favorite quote and what it means to me in the homesteading mindset.
Dream Another Dream, from the quote by C.S. Lewis
“You are never to old to set another goal or to dream another dream”
C.S. Lewis left many quotes that I find interesting to ponder. I particularly love this one. How encouraging to think that we can continue to have dreams and ambitions no matter our age or place in life. We do not have to set our goals based on some outside guideline or mandatory retirement age. We can continue to grow and learn and dream of more to come.
If you are dreaming of beginning to homestead, to be more self sufficient, to move to a farm, it’s not too late! Even if you can only take small steps in the direction you want to go, the dream can still come true.
Let me make a few suggestions that may help you become more self sufficient.
If you are hoping to raise more of your own food, now is a good time to dream about your spring garden. Ask for seeds as a Christmas gift idea. Gather some containers that will fit your current space, whether you have a big yard or just a patio space. You will be surprised at how much food you can grow using container gardens.
If you think you want to raise livestock, start with two or three laying hens, if permitted in your community. A small flock of laying hens will only need a small coop, and a fenced yard, in suburban area. Keeping hens will provide you with farm fresh eggs nearly everyday! This is a wonderful source of protein for you and your family.
If you want to be more self sufficient learn a new skill. There is so much knowledge available through your local extension service, online tutorials, e-books, which can all be accessed for little or no money. Take advantage of all that is available to us in this time. Suggestions of skills you might want to learn include, knitting, sewing, canning, and other food preservation methods, herbal remedies, woodworking, archery, shooting, engine repair, the list could be endless.
If you are looking to be more prepared for unexpected disasters or hard times, take one step in that direction. Leaning to preserve food will help you store some healthy food for bad times. Whenever possible, buy one extra canned good, or dried food product to store. Work on clearing up any debt you may have. It doesn’t have to be paid off in a short time, but try to not incur more debt and pay down debt as often as you can.
Please remember the list is not all inclusive and each item can be taken individually, too. You don’t have to do it all at once. Pick one thing that interests you and make that your next goal.
We are never too old to Dream another Dream!
Thanks for dropping by today. Until next time, Take that one step. Write down your plan and keep dreaming.