As the year comes to a close I thought it might be nice to take a break from updating you on our home renovation projects to look back over the past twelve months. Its been a whirlwind of a year and I still can't believe that its almost 2010.
In the fall we slaughtered our broiler chickens- something we found to be hard, but generally a positive experience because we cared for these animals ourselves and saw to their well-being. Our stand against the commercial meat industry began.
Over the past year we've learned about sheetrocking, plumbing, and wiring. We've got some serious experience in refinishing wood flooring and ripping down wallpaper. I can patch just about anything with some spackle and a can of spray-foam but duct tape is still a good thing to have on hand, just in case.
In 2010, I hope to learn how to make cheese, work harder in my garden as another step in becoming self-sufficient and participate more in the butchering of our next installment of broilers. I want to get out and enjoy more of the stuff Kyle and I used to do instead of spending all of our free time renovating the house: kayaking, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, and playing frolf. I'll start beekeeping with the hive my husband gave me for my birthday and hopefully we'll be able to generate some income between the sales of honey, eggs, raw milk, and free-range chickens and turkeys.
A decade ago I was in high school. Today I run a home and a small farm. I'm a wife. Although this past year has been one of the most stressful years of my life so far, I can honestly say that I've never been happier. Balance is important. Without the darkness we would never appreciate the sun.
Life isn't perfect, and its never easy. I'm such a stress-case its amazing I can manage at all. My husband grounds me and still loves me even when I'm being a little crazy. I've learned alot over this past year- mostly that sometimes the best thing to do when faced with a problem is just tear into it so you can see what you're really dealing with, then carefully patch it all back together so it will hang in there for the long haul.
I hope you all have a happy and safe new years eve celebration tonight. We'll be celebrating at home with a bonfire, some snack food and perhaps a margerita or two. So goodbye 2009- its been a trip.