I decided to start a blog for a number of reasons….one being, like most people I think I have something to say that might be of interest to someone else – we shall see about that.
Aside from that, I find myself these days, smack dab in middle age, surrounded by people who are finally succeeding in their lives in a big way – and I will be using part of this blog to promote their efforts and successes.
The rest of this blog, will be a mix of thoughts, stories, information – hopefully of the useful sort – and well, I might as well say it – blatant self promotion as I try to hammer home the idea that while we are all spinning around on this planet, held captive by the questionable force of gravity, we should all, at least make an effort to be responsible for ourselves in whichever way we can. If I can help with that – great. If not, maybe I can at least get people thinking for themselves.
As for myself – I’m one of those people who upon seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, promptly orders up more tunnel. I can take a seemingly straightforward goal and turn it into a ten year project without half trying. Not the easiest way to do things, but the only way I seem to operate.
Although I go to work everyday as a transmission rebuilder, I do not define myself by my job. I am first and foremost, a farmer. My job simply allows me to have a farm. I grow as much of our own food as is possible by gardening, raise animals for food, use what the land gives me and the animals give me to create more food. I do this all with an eye to creating a cohesive ten acre plot where everything has a place and a purpose and lives in harmony with everything else.
I like to do things the ‘hard’ way – be it heat and cook with wood, make cheese instead if buying cheese, light with kerosene instead of electricity, grind wheat to make bread, render fat to make lard.
The hard way is a lot of work – but hard work never hurt anybody. I’m a firm believer in the fact that the modern way is not the only way or the best way. I believe that people today have such a disconnect – from the land that grows their food, supplies the wood for their homes, the water that provides their electricity and sustains all forms of life, the air we need for the simple act of breathing, that all forms of life need to exist – that we are oblivious to the impact that we are having on ourselves, our families, our very existence.
I am not a tree hugger – I burn wood judiciously for heat and to cook, I am not a fluffy bunny hugger – I put fluffy bunnies in a canning jar and process them for stew. I am not a rabid anti-tar sands environmentalist – the tar sands employ both my kids and their spouses, and until I can find a way to get fifteen k to work without firing up my one ton diesel truck – there’s not much i can say. We are however, a one vehicle household.
The one thing I am for certain, is a realist. I know I can’t change the world, nobody can. But what I can do, starting with my own household, is make a difference in my own life, and perhaps a few of those around me, by making an everyday conscious effort to work with the environment around me, instead of against it. To understand that everything has a purpose, a reason, and if I work hard to understand how my environment works – life will be better than if I just hung around the periphery wringing my hands in despair and wailing at the injustice of things beyond my control.
I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned, hope at least one person out there can take something from this and learn, or better understand, or simply have a good laugh.