An Active New Year

I generally avoid making resolutions, simply because I am fully aware I have no intention whatsoever of keeping them. One year I tried to go vegetarian, and that lasted about a month till my mother-in-law took us out to a steak house and I remembered my love for ribeye smothered in melted blue cheese and onions.

But this time, my love and I seem to have made a vow to be more active, and rely on what we can produce a little bit more than what the stores provide to us. Thanks to said mother-in-law, we’ve been gifted with an amazing sewing machine which is already being put to good use! Since Christmas we’ve made two hoodie tops, a viking garb and a pair of pj pants! It might not seem like a lot, but on the whole it means we’re learning how to make/repair our clothing as oppose to going out and buying more right away.

We’re also starting to learn more about home repair. Not things like plumbing and all, but rather in how to fix what we have. If something breaks, how can we fix it or make it better as oppose to tossing it out and buying a new one. There is something very satisfying in knowing you can fix things yourself with a little effort.

And last but not least, this spring we will be doing a box garden! We’ve been wanting to do one for years now and we had resigned ourselves to using our little side garden along the house. But, not to be harsh, but the side garden is more like a side “giant group of burdock”. Anyone who has messed with burdock knows that you can not kill it. You can’t move it. You can’t destroy it. It just keeps coming back. The good news is I actually know what to do with it now! But we are basically we are going to plant bushes along the side and start the garden separately where we have more control over soil quality and weeds.

I also need to start learning how to can stuff. I’d like to get to the point where most of the kitchen is filled with mason jars as oppose to tin cans from the store.



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