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PAUL — my hopes for 2015

It has been a few week since I have had any quiet times alone, without Madigan, or a holiday, or a dinner or an event, where I could just reflect.  In that spirit, I have some ideas for 2015.

** Produce.  Produce more food on our own.  Bigger garden, more flowers, maybe try to raise a few meat birds, can more. We do 90% of our own cooking, using very little prepackaged food.  I want to try my hand at making some breads for Madigan and I.  Maybe learn how to make pasta.  Lower the number of boxes or bags of pre-made stuff.

** Appreciate. I would like to take more time to reflect, soak in, appreciate where we are, even in times of struggle.  Be more thankful for things we have accomplished, how far we have come and what we have done right.  We are fortunate in so many ways, and sometimes we forget how much we do have because we get sucked into others view of success, wealth or riches.

** Unafraid. This is all me, I am afraid of things I know nothing about.  Maybe it is because I was single so long and the buck stopped with me.  Since I do not consider myself handy, and would rather pay someone to fix something than try and do it myself.   My fear is the problem when it comes to changing out the mailbox or replacing a flapper in the toilet.  Boomer literally has to do these thing when I am out of the house because I am a super worrier NUT.  It’s not that I don’t think he can do it, it’s that I know *I* can’t.

** Learn.  Continue to learn. Read more books.  Talk with people who do stuff we want to do.  Try more things.

In addition to all that, get back to pod casting, keep a tidier home, get rid of junk we don’t need. Stay off our smart phones and away from TV.

 

A couple things

When I am gone most of the day, Madigan at school and ASK from 8a to 5p, Boomer working working working there aren’t lots of things to post about. When I come home at 8pm I want to spending time with Madigan and find I don’t have time to take pictures.

I also feel like I hijack the blog for my interests. This is a perfect example.
When we decided to stop shopping at WalMart, I didn’t know how long it would last. It’s been almost 3 years and we haven’t missed it at all. Low Price and one stop shopping is not enough to get us back in the store. (Ful disclosure–we ate at a Subway in a walmart one the drive to Virgina, Madigan has gone into one with family and Boomer took his cousin Jon one afternoon…but they haven’t gotten any money from us.)

The more we learn about the food industry, the more we want to get away from it. The more our health and nutrition becomes about a bottom line and profit for a giant company, the more I want to run and find a garden. We are buying into a farm with a Community Supported Agricuture program. Bags of food from the farm…FROM THE FARM. We are going to container garden, if we can find soil and seeds that are not connected to Monsanto.