I doubt if I will be able to finish this today, but I can at least get a start on it. Spring, as short as it is here, seems to have finally arrived. I left all my seedlings out overnight and left the tomatoes in my mini greenhouse, and they all seemed to have done just fine. Which means it's warm enough at night to move full speed ahead on planting.
I can't believe I'm in such a much different place than I was last year at this time. After using the CBD oil that I won a free bottle of for a little over a month I can say that it helped with a number of conditions. I have a bit of arthritis and circulation problems, as well as some digestion issues. People have thought I was weird for a long time now, because I generally bring my own food everywhere I go. But I have a good reason for this and have gotten to where I just don't give a damn what they think. Anyway, the CBD oil seemed to help with all of it. I'm out now, and my hands are starting to swell up again and go to sleep at night. It can even keep me awake and is kind of annoying to have to sleep with my arm hanging over the side of the bed. Sore muscles from hard physical work aren't healing up as fast again. So it really did help. The company that makes this particular brand is outstanding, and I could become a distributor. But I don't want to lock myself into a payment of any kind right now. After more research it appears that I can make it myself in a variety of different ways, and they will all be less expensive, even if it's going to be harder to figure out just how much I need to take to get the right level of benefit.
My husband and I have been brainstorming a number of ideas to make this new, non-corporate, lifestyle work for us. He developed a satellite system many years ago, when it was just coming into vogue. He lived in an area where there were many farming communities and his idea made him a ton of money at the time. He just realized that the system he developed for moving the dish around would work perfect, with some modifications, for our solar system. We've both learned a lot about solar this last year. We had one battery that was bad, but it took us a while to figure out that was why the system didn't seem to be putting out like it should. Since we changed out that battery it's been working quite well. And we're eventually going to have to change out our charge controller. There is a lot to know and several different ways to go solar. Eventually we'd like to develop a package deal that we can market and install for others. If we do it right, we can help other's get started for a more reasonable cost, and help ourselves in the process. We have several other ideas we are kicking around. It may take us awhile, but I know we're moving in the right direction.
The pressure tank for the water system is one of our next projects. I can't tell you how fortunate we are that my husband knows how to do all this stuff. I'll try and take pictures and document what we do as best I can, since doing it yourself rather than hiring someone else to do it is the only way to go if you are on a budget. Even though we lost the smaller, less expensive to run, generator, it's been warming up enough and we've been getting enough sun to just keep it off most of the time, thankfully.
I'm going to make a trip to the small town to the north of us and talk to the folks at a place called Club Energy. I did astrology readings almost 20 years ago for their spa day event they have. I am going to propose the goat yoga idea and see what they think. It would have to be for next year, but it doesn't hurt to start planning ahead.
Otherwise, as far as the farm goes, I'm a lucky girl in another way too! My neighbor and long time friend came over this last week and pitchforked out the massive poop/hay piles from around the feeders in three of the pens. It's almost done! He says he wants to stay in shape, but I know he also knows that I physically can't do it anymore. Now we just have to get the tractor over here to move the piles away from their pens. We're going to have to figure out where to put it all, so that it can compost down and be used in the garden in future years. He knows, having worked with us, and for us, for many years, the idea of community, and helping one another to make it work out better for everyone. It's a start!
One kind of funny thing happened last week. We have Gladys, a friends goat, here to breed with Bob, and as I mentioned put a divider in to keep Raven on the other side. Well, a 5 foot piece of fence panel that was hooked into their shelter didn't get reinforced well enough and they managed to push it open. I went over there and found them all together. At first we thought we'd just leave them until the next day to fix it, but after watching for just a minute or two realized that we had to fix it immediately. She must have been coming into heat and little Raven was wanting in on the action. We watched as he would try and mount her and then Bob just literally lifted him off of her with his head! It was something to see. I kind of think Gladys preferred Raven, but not sure. In any event, she was basically just running around frantically, and it was clear this could go on a long time with one or more getting hurt. So we fixed it.
I also have to mention that I have one smarter than average goat out there. Ballerina, the mini Lamancha I got last year (the one without ears), who was a bottle baby and very friendly, has figured out how to put her head through the fence and use her mouth to pull up on the wire my husband put on the gate latch to open it! I've watched her do it. So I've had to put a little bungee cord on there to keep her from getting out. She is very independent and seems to be able to think things out. Little stinker!
I guess this is a good place to stop for now, and it appears I managed to write an update after all. We've been having several conversations lately about how, after all this time of researching so many things about how things really are in this topsy turvy reality, it comes down to action. We can't change what is going on "out there", and so knowing more of the truth, while satisfying our need to know, hasn't really changed what we need to do after all. It seems it comes down to just learning how to live with less, and becoming as independent of the system as possible so as not to be adding as much to the overall negative impact of the way humans have come to live life here. I know we can't exactly go back to the way things were, back in some idyllic time that probably never really existed. But if we start using what we know with an eye for taking good care of our own individual reality bubbles in a way that radiates out in an ever expanding growing manner that encourages solution oriented thinking and actions, it's as good as it can be, and that's good enough for now. And at least I've found I am traveling in some good company. Even though I am willing to go it alone, it's nice to know I don't have to. Now, I've got to get to work.
May the song from within come forth, Expressing itself as it may
With nary a thought or worry, For how else to spend the day - by Me : )