Lorrine, I don't know if I described it well enough. He doesn't react normally to human approach. At least not like I am used to. He ignored me until I got close to him with the air horn and blew it repeatedly as I approached and then he climbed the tree. Since then I have gone outside a couple times (he has been in my front field all afternoon) and he just looks at me and goes back to eating although I was a ways away.
I went out just now because he was right in front of the house again to get your picture and he climbed the tree again only when I got close.
I have family who like to visit with small children so even if I were okay with an airy fairy solution for me, it wouldn't work for them.
I realized I already feel vulnerable with so many aspects of being here. Two steps forward and one back with confidence... So many challenges. I am learning so much so quickly (used a Sawzall to cut up a much of heavy duty pipe yesterday... First time cutting metal) It's hard to keep up. Exciting but...
I will make some calls tomorrow to find out options and reach out to my neighbors about the meat.
Last fall, a bear tore up and nearly destroyed a special plum tree. I have seen sign but not an actual bear.
Earlier this week, I looked out my window to see a small bear grazing out the window. An air horn startled it but it came right back.
Today, I heard it right outside my window and when I went outside, it didn't react when it saw me. It went up a tree when I sounded the air horn but five minutes after I went inside, it came down and just went back to looking around. Clearly not scared of people.
I don't currently have any food outside. No trash cans. Nothing in garden. Gave up on compost after they clearly liked it when I added food. Maybe I created this issue with attempting that.
I grew up here and we had dogs that kept them far away. After that, my parents never had issues except when the apples were ripe and only at night. Having it this close during the day and clearly unafraid concerns me.
Reading the couple threads on this site didn't help. I'm only here part time (although a lot currently) and I'm worried for my fruit crop when it comes in and potentially for myself when it's bigger if I walk up on it accidentally. I have bear spray now but it's often windy enough, I'd probably take myself out too. I don't own a gun but figured I would get one and learn to use it well when I was here full time. Maybe that's the solution.
I don't want to live in fear or constant caution here. Get enough of that in the city.
I don't know if I'm venting or asking for advice. Either way, thanks for listening.
Oh and to add, I have 10 acres a few miles from town so I'm not exactly in bear country but not in town either.
Tried to use this ladder today. Thankfully the leg came off on the second step and I was spry enough to just jump away. Then when I picked it up, it broke at the top too. Haha Glad it didn't break when my sister was higher on it the day before.
We used a setup like this for showers at family reunions and it worked quite well. And there is something exhilarating about showering outside. I learned in a recent renewable energy class about the the bacterial issues with this simple setup so it's not part of my long term plan. But yes, another vote for outdoor solar showers!
One year in my early 20s I lived in boys town Chicago and we got to watch it go by from our porch. It was spectacular. Left a huge mess afterwards but thankfully the street sweepers cleaned it up pretty quickly.
I would still enjoy a lot of it but I just can't handle the crowds like I used to so even though I'm in the Portland area too and think it would be fun, I always decide maybe next year... It's like the blues festival. I would totally go if no one else did. ;)
Those changes definitely sounds like improvements and I can see why you keep getting your hopes up and then dashed. They seem like they need an older, wiser beaver to show then the ropes (like cats being taught to mouse) and that's not happening.
My property is three hours from the city I currently live in. I worked at my most recent job for five years and liked it well enough that I planned to keep working there until I could afford to retire early and move to the property. Based on projections, I was giving myself 3 years minimum, probably 5 to be more comfortable, but playing it by ear too. Maybe on the earlier side and going part-time.... Unfortunately, after four years my boss retired and the new boss turned out to be a total nightmare. I finally called it a couple months ago after about 6 months of debate. I decided I couldn't live that way anymore - life is too short and I didn't want the regrets of living the way I was anymore. I had enough cushion to take some time to visit family and enjoy some down time before I start looking for work again (realizing it could push that retirement timeline out further on the other side).
The property was the family place and it has a couple old mobile homes on it which are not in good enough shape to live in full time. They do pretty well in the summer but in the winter, it's pretty miserable for a number of reasons. I plan to remove them and replace with a tiny house. I would love to be there full-time now but the wages there aren't anywhere close to what I can make in the city, even taking into account the lack of rent (assuming I pay cash for the house as I plan). I am looking though!
So long story short, I'm a bit earlier on in the savings part than you are but the pain is similar. I am really enjoying spending more time there now and the daily working outside I thrive on. I love watching "nature TV" out my window during my food breaks. I dream of the day I can be there full-time. But the future is uncertain. I could put the house on now. And I could work part-time and easily cover my living expenses but the "what if's" require me to have more of a cushion. And as you said, there are improvements that require extra chunks of money or paying someone else to help - especially if health changes with old age (less likely with that type of living but still possible).
I very rarely go to the movies either. It's just not worth the very many hassles associated with it when I can watch something in comfort at home. But occasionally there will be a movie that inspires me (usually in combination with good company).
Jocelyn, that looks like a great movie. I will have to look for it at the library and request it if they don't have it.
Thanks for the recommendation, Casey! I was on the fence about trying it; now I will.
My farm-related / doing a lot of things right media recommendation is The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. I enjoyed the book and read the blog for quite a while (it appears to have been abandoned awhile ago but a lot of good stuff there): http://www.kristinkimball.com/the-dirty-life
I got myself a pstyle and practiced with it some inside but didn't feel completely confident in its use since I hadn't actually put it to the test in a RL outdoors situation. Well, this past week I went on a couple hikes with family and needed it. I'm happy to report that it worked perfectly! Such a relief (pun intended :)) to easily fix the issue without worrying about choosing between some random person coming around the corner and seeing me squatting bare-assed or risking poison oak by going seriously off-trail and completing dropping my pants. Hiking was so much better without doing it will a full bladder too!
For me the biggest issue with using the pstyle has been mental. I'm so trained to squat when I pee that my brain *can't* believe that I'm not actually peeing down my legs when I use it. I still have to check every time afterwards to make sure I didn't; no mishaps. I also have more empathy for guys with making sure you don't hit a hard surface that causes splash back from so far up. ;)
John Weiland wrote:"What died in your new gardens?"
Just my hopes, dreams, and wide-eyed inspiration for a verdant and flourishing summer.....
But mostly the kale seedlings,....which popped up with such anticipation for sun and showers, ----not flea beetles!
Can't wait to see what kind of performance the potato beetles have in store. Maybe they will evolve parthenogenesis in my garden this year.....dispensing with egg laying altogether like aphids.
Wouldn't THAT be a hoot! :-/ Maybe they taste like parching corn if heated sufficiently in oil and delicately sprinkled with seasoning salt..... Every year has its curve balls.
I have been traveling some. Did I miss you sending that out already? If you have, I will go back through my emails to find it.
If not, if you want to email what you have to me, I will start working on it in a few days when I am home again for a bit. I am excited to work on this! I used to be an admin and still enjoy using those skills.
So what I am thinking would be handy as a participant is a booklet that's organized alphabetically by the categories like cooking, animal care, etc. In each section you would then have all the cooking (for example) bits with bullet points showing what's required to complete it and a link for where to post to certify. Does that make sense and is it accurate?
Second, my understanding from your last post is that there isn't a list of the bits so I need to do my best to collate them from this site and then ask the experts what I missed. Is that correct?
Are all the PEP/X requirements nailed down? Are they collated somewhere and I've missed it? I am thinking like a downloadable pdf booklet that we could print out and highlight or cross off as we complete them?
Hah, Phil. True but he was moving so fast initially I was afraid I wouldn't catch him at all so I went with video. Then he thought he was safe and stopped. I snapped it quickly and he was off again and into the bushes.
I was just talking to a friend about this the other day! She listed all the work she is doing and then, in response to me saying I was walking hills at the park every day, said she needs to start exercising. I pointed out that people started exercising when they stopped working so much physically. When I am at my homestead, I usually don't "exercise."
Today I didn't go for a walk per se. I did enough work outside that my whole body aches in a good way. And tomorrow I will be back at it again. I did stroll around with my camera after working to enjoy the beauty and take some pictures. It was stunningly gorgeous.
Growing up we hauled firewood and brush, helped people move, made 8 loaves of bread by hand. I was stronger than most girls and a lot of the boys too. If I could budge something I could lift it. It wasn't until I got sedentary in my 20s that I hurt my back and lost it. I am working on getting it back now and it feels great.
I do see benefits in exercise and stretching. And I do love a great hike somewhere beautiful or a walk on the beach most any time.
I am working on cutting the grass etc before it turns into forest and I noticed these plants around my fruit trees. Are they baby fruit trees? The nearest deciduous tree is quite far away so I am hoping...
Thanks for the "refresh" post, Jocelyn. It was inspiring to read what others are doing. I have been more conscious about my plastic consumption over the recent years and as you said, trying to make steady progress in the right direction. Definitely not even close to perfect though.
I was pretty disappointed and upset to discover that Lundburg rice has taken a big step backwards in their bulk packaging as sold by Costco. I went from being able to buy their rice in 25 lb paper bags (from Bob's Red Mill) to 12 lb paper bags (at Costco) to this last visit only being able to buy their rice in 12 lb plastic bags. :( So discouraging when it goes in that direction rather than the other way.
On a recent road trip driving through Nebraska, I saw a billboard that said, "Mom approved restrooms." It was perfect timing so I stopped. Inside the bathroom were fancy individual stalls and these greeted me. I have always wanted to try a bidet to see if I would like them but even though they looked really clean, I was too creeped out by stranger germs mixed with water spraying my privates to try it. So I stuck with the tp. Maybe someday...