A "chapter" in a book. A "season" in a year. The first "rise", the "proof", the finished bread. Childhood, adulthood...the senior years.
I re-read my profile the other day:
Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading about our efforts to create a fruit and vegetable garden in our backyard in suburban NC. Our hope is that we will, over time, become competent gardeners and that our efforts will help to sustain us as we move into our retirement years. Knowing that our future income will be MUCH less than it is now, we've decided to learn to grow and preserve as much of our own food as we can.
Companies routinely refer to their "Mission Statement" which basically outlines their goals, their ethics, their vision. My profile page is kinda like that.
My "mission" hasn't really changed. Everything I wrote still applies. But as I re-read it, I realize that I haven't done all that much this year. There is not a word in that "statement" that can be changed. Hmmmm...
So I'm still in the idea stage...hunting and seeking and educating myself to discover the best way to achieve our goals.
(I guess that's why I visit so many of your sites. How do you do it? Why did you do it? What pitfalls have you discovered. "Teach me o wise one.")
I consider us in the "childhood" phase of my garden. And looking back I can see that while we have moved forward with the idea, we didn't take a very big step. And I can't be a student forever.
So my big "To Do" list for 2011 is actually pretty simple. Be more aggressive. Time is short...and the learning curve will take a lifetime.
*We plan on expanding the vegetable garden in 2011. I want to put in raised beds and till up a patch of ground and supplement it and utilize it the old fashioned way we did as kids in Ohio. I want to "test" different growing techniques.
*We planted 2 fruit trees, and 2 blueberry bushes this year. I want to add two more apples (for sauce this time) and I want to experiment with Asian Pears and raspberry/blackberry bushes.
*Having a freezer for food storage is nice but I really need to get back into canning. I learned as a teenager, but that's been over 30 years ago. I froze SO much fruit this year. All of it can be canned. Cucumbers coming out of my ears this year. Did I pickle any? Nope.
SM and I were talking about an article I read on Yahoo this morning: Baby Boomers Near 65 With Retirements In Jeopardy
It's really more of the same, but the thing I really took away from the article is that some people trust that the future will take care of itself.
I can't really look at it that way. My freedom and independance depend on the skills that I choose to develop now. Not later.
So stick around...it should be an interesting year.