Friday, January 05, 2007

I suppose it's resolution time, eh? I think I'll set some goals, rather than resolutions. That way, if I don't get there this year, it's not broken, just delayed. And in that spirit, my goal is to move my family a few steps closer to self sufficiency through better stewardship of our resources. I managed to accomplish one step last year that was very difficult for me. In fact, I had been struggling with it for my entire adult life. I can now keep the thermostat under 80! I even keep it right at 70 most of the time now. That is reducing our heating bill quite a bit, and the kids are sleeping better at night now that I'm not broiling everyone else.

This year, I want to learn how to knit or crochet sweaters for the kids to wear next winter. I have taught myself how to do basic knitting this week, and am following a pattern for a blanket. It's the most basic knitting pattern I could find, and I do my best progress through baby steps. I also want to plant some berry bushes around house to replace the awful junipers that the previous owners were obsessed with. And in the hole that used to have a tree before Hubs ran it over with the moving truck, I want to put the coolest tree I've ever seen. It's called a fruit cocktail tree, if I remember correctly, and it bears around three different kinds of fruit. Everything I plant on this property should have a purpose, a way of helping us toward self sufficiency, be it through bearing food for us to eat or through supporting those that do. Can you tell I'm ready for spring?


Lisa said...

Vida- I just wanted to thank you for your encouraging words regarding my call for help on Mommy Life! I really appreciated your insight- you're right- I am a large part of the problem with my son's behavior. I tend to resort to what I know, instead of trying new things. What I know... is yelling, threats, etc. and I hate it! Thank you for you encouragement!

Vida said...

I hope it helped. We all need encouragement, especially when we're trying to overcome behavior patterns we've spent a lifetime learning. It's hard! But it is worth it too. How is you son doing now? I hope he's healthy again.