climate and social culture, and our living arrangements have been drastically altered. Here are a few of the things I am happy to be doing now that we never did in the city:
Chris credit for his attempts at growing food on our steamy condo patio, it had NOTHING on what he was able to accomplish with just over 400 square feet of landspace dedicated to gardening. By the end of the summer, I didn't have a care when the farmer's market was ending for the season, because we had no need to go. We grew an abumdance of vegetables including acorn squash, tomatoes, beets, radishes, carrots, potatoes, beans, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, corn, and cucumbers (I'm sure I forgot SOMETHING). Along with an already established asparagus patch and 3 apple trees on property, we are still eating the fruits of our harvest. Which leads me to number 2...
small scale for years, this year we not only dehydrated buckets of apples, we
also did watermelon and tomatoes. We canned apples, tomatoes, sauerkraut,
beets, jams, and pickles. Once we realized how much money we could save on
apple juice, we purchased a Jack LaLaine juicer and froze several gallons of
juice from our own apple trees. From our herbal tea garden and black walnut
trees we also dried enough chammomile, fennel, lemongrass, lemon verbana, black
walnut, and spearmint to serve our tea addiction throughout the winter.
5) Live on Less Money (and Feel Good About it!). Chris and I have never been wealthy, and I can't speak directly for him, but I was NEVER ok with that in Vegas. Maybe the "money-culture" is partially to blame, but I take full responsibility for my own unhappiness in this area. We are now down to a 1-income household that relies on 2 part-time positions to survive. And while we are diligent about watching our spending, we reap the huge rewards of having a full-time stay-at-home parent, having more time to engage in the arts and crafts we love to create, a comfortable home on 10 acres of land, being the only house within a half mile, and living amongst like-minded people who are family-driven, not money driven. Having the opportunity to think and act creatively about diversifying income is one of the biggest draws to homesteading for me personally. This, along with also getting creative about DIY projects, appreciating all the things we are gifted, and wasting less, all bring so much more joy to life than rat-racing to the office everyday to a job that was not bringing fullfillment to my life.