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Winter’s coming

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Okay, okay – I know no one really wants to think about this yet (sorry!), especially since fall is barely upon us.  But by planning now for what needs to be done to have a relatively comfortable winter, it’s possible to save a bunch of time and headaches.

Depending on situations, there are a lot of ways to prep for winter.  My list isn’t actually that long right now, and some items are more necessities than others, but I want to get a clear idea now of what I want to do and need to do as the days keep getting shorter and cooler in this neck of the woods.

The biggest things for us right now is planning to keep comfortable.  It gets cold here, and this apartment is neither well heater nor well insulated.  This year, we want to start prepping for the cold early by caulking and insulating the windows and doors, and looking into low-cost, energy efficient heating solutions that we can try.

The next big thing is cash flow.  I’ve got some savings, and although I’ll still be making enough to cover basic expenses, my income is about to drop off a bit more.  While we haven’t exactly been spending the big bucks, some further belt tightening will be in order to ensure that we stay in a relatively comfortable financial position.  I haven’t been as tight about spending as perhaps I could be, and a few tweaks will make some difference in our cash flow, so that’s in the works right now.

Also this year I’d like to get a plan in place for growing some more food.  In the past, I’ve missed deadlines for planting seeds, and wound up buying a few starter plants here and there.  This year, I’d like to know what needs to be started when, and come up with a better plan for how to fit things in better outside, and make the most of the available space for a bit of food production.  There are limits, of course, but getting the planning startednow should help to really get some good use out of what we’ve got.

Finally, this year I’d like to keep a better eye on what I eat.  From a health standpoint this makes sense, but also from a financial one.  I have a lot of food stored here, and given the relatively high likelihood of moving sometie in the near-ish future, I’d like to start working through what I’ve got here.  I’d also like to set up some easy to follow menus.  I get sidetracked a lot during the week, which wastes time and, in a lot of cases, food.  Knowing what I can make with what I have on hand seems like a good way to use up food I’ve already bought and improve our diet.

These are the big ones for now, although I’m sure there are other projects that will come up, and other things that need to be done.  For now, I’m going to sit down with a seed catalogue and start planning out when to start planting some seeds, and where they’ll wind up down the road.


Written by Jenn

October 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

This place

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What is this place?

This place is…well…it’s a few things, some of which I’m still trying to wrap my head around.  See, I have this dream.  In the midst of researching and writing a dissertation, working for a university, and trying to keep up with the rigors of daily life, I find myself waylaid – on an increasingly frequent and regular basis – by farming fantasies.  I have dreams of cabbage and chickens, snow peas and sheep, and evening firefly-lit guitar and fiddle sessions on a porch with homemade ginger beer.  And no, I don’t even play the fiddle (yet) – why do you ask?

Right now, the dream seems somewhat far away, even feel somewhat unreachable at times.  There is much to do for school and work, at least for the next year.  There are costs to be considered, and practicalities.  There are also the needs and wants of The Boy, fiancée and soon-to-be husband extrordinaire.  Coupled with my current living space – a small inexpensive apartment with insufficient winter heating and insulation in a somewhat questionable neighbourhood (see: inexpensive) – things are sometimes discouraging.

I am, however, not one to stay discouraged for long.  And, of course, by “not one to stay discouraged for long” I actually mean, “I am one seriously stubborn individual and, come hell or high water I will make this work somehow, so ha!”

The making it work bit is really where this blog is headed.  While this apartment isn’t an urban homestead yet, I want to get moving in that direction.  There are some things that I imagine simply won’t be possible – chickens or bigger livestock, for instance.  But with some creativity and a bit of ingenuity, I plan to keep on making small changes and taking small steps towards an increasingly sustainable life within my little space in the city.  So, this virtual space is my little wanna-be homestead on the web – a place to write,  analyse, and keep track of what’s going on in the place that I’m currently occupying, as well as thinking about the place I want for the future.

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May 25, 2010 at 6:45 am