This is the greatest adventure of my life. Never thought I would enjoy the gifts we have worked so hard for.
My husband retired from the Dept of Corrections early after I almost lost my battle with my demons. I was injured so many times, I never thought I could be happy, or help others with their own. He helps me everyday to join the experience of life. Its not always about survival, it's time to live.
Both of us worked very hard to get our little piece of heaven in Maine. Just 5 acres, him and I and my therapy companion in a little single wide with a dream. Our own homestead. A fresh start.
I guess my priorities are a little different, but similar to some. I always, every day, remember to start simple.
Start simple, start small...
This first spring, this year, we dug and planted a kitchen garden, four tiny apple sapplings, a sad looking peach tree and a few small plants from my in-law's garden. We started late this spring, so some things didn't take, but we carved a little plot next to our stairs, planted some veggies and herbs and did our best to help them grow. Fresh herbs (for a city girl), and amazing little tomatoes were harvested. My husband was overjoyed about watching the corn grow, and now we are waiting to harvest those.
We still have a lot of land clearing and cleaning to get a real garden for growing all our own food next spring, but we've started. A lot of old trash to be cleared from the previous owners, a challenge, but its our own adventure. So we recycle what we can, dump for the rest, and the things that we can, donated to the town charity.
We know it will continue to be a lot of hard work, and our health, especially my mental health, needs time to heal. As we clear the ground, brush, tend trees and grow food we are taking small steps as well to better ourselves and feel the analogy of our land to our lives.
Next spring, we'll plant, starting simple, and tend to it, and ourselves, as we can. So I guess number one was getting our land started and finding out what our soil needs and wants, along with tending to us.
Then more clearing, trimming and helping our land prosper, supporting the local ecosystem as well. Long term will be bees, turkeys and ducks. Eventually, a few years from now, chickens, rabbits, pigs and we'll be able to harvest our fruit.
Third will be fixing our home so it stays comfortable for the three of us in the future. Luckily my husband is an incredibly hard worker, not afraid to dive right in and learn as we go.
Plumbing is our first, since we are lucky to have our own well.
Fixing the windows and try building a solar air heating/cooling system next.
Then on to fixing and re-enforcing the floor so we can try our hand at a simple rocket mass heater with local granite aggregate and whatever field stones and cob we can hobble together.
We will look to salvage what materials we need, make what we can't get from our own things and take time for each other.
We are incredibly blessed and are thankful for what gifts of knowledge this new community online has guided us towards, the hope its given us. The internet is an incredible tool that has allowed us to connect with all of you and obtain new skills to guide us, even support us, through in this new adventure. We hope someday, to be able to help and support others as this community does.
I'm sorry for this ramble, but I thank you, we thank you, for your generosity of spirit and knowledge.