Only a few more days for 2020 to be done, and its going out strong, came in with fires burning and its going out on the rising crest of horse pucks and then some..
Normally at this time of the year I would be breathing out a sigh, as this is my two month break time. the gardens are done and I am not starting new plants yet.. the livestock raising is done, the butcher is done, the freezers and jars are full, the extra that overwhelmed at a early point in the harvest has all been processed.
The ewe’s are getting fatter and maybe I might have one or two new lambs come early but most will not arrive till March.. so I even get a break on milking..
O yes on any normal year I would be saying hunker down, get ready for the winter rest.. Everyone certainly should and needs that rest..
Take the rests in small naps this winter.. that lovely winter walk.. enjoy each one of your bright spots, hold those small and maybe bigger joys tight and get every moment you can from them..
However keep in the back of the mind that 2021 is coming at us like a run away freight train, so I will say it..
Just keep moving..
- Order your seeds NOW
- Order your wood for any build projects NOW
- Need a new freezer? or parts? Order them NOW
- Need to repair a tool, a mower or anything else, get it in the shop, get the part now while you are seeing it start to wear.
- Get your summer boots NOW
- Got kiddo’s growing leeps and bounds.. GET THE NEXT sizes Now
- Need to get a dog fixed- Book it
- Need spring chicks- talk to your feed store, call the hatchery, find out the first order date and make it happen
- Need a butcher date.. locally they are requiring peaple to book a YEAR IN ADVANCE
- Need jars or lids : order them in now in bulk..
- Need another pressure canner? Put your self on te wait lists..
Wait.. hold.. the above only works if you still have income, if you have a steady paycheck, if you can afford to put money down and then wait weeks, months to get the yield or return..
If you either don’t have a steady job and or its touch and go.. back up.. start watching those kijji and market place ads.. Put the word out.. maybe you can trade your smaller apartment size freezer to someone who is downsizing and swap out their big one for your smaller one..
Maybe you can talk to your friends, share seed packages, only need to grow 4 plants and your friend does two on her deck and someone else does a half dozen.. split it up folks..
Think outside the box.. buy a organic local tomato and save the seeds, ask online if anyone has seeds to share, ask at your local church if anyone has extra’s.
If I had to put a motto on 2021.. its the year to ask..
Ask for advice
Ask for help
Ask to trade
Ask to barter
Ask to learn
If you have money and pay.. great.. keep that money as much as possable in your local area, your county, your province or state, your country.
But if you are riding the line, going paycheck to paycheck and you are selling off things to make ends meet, taking on small part time jobs, needing the help at the food banks etc. then I can’t say it loud enough ASK..
Ask if you have skills someone else might need?
Ask if you can trade your time for something you need?
Ask if you can trade part time farm work or yard work for a cut in rent on that extra bedroom someone has.. Better to ask and downsize, then struggle to keep your one bedroom and lose everything..
Ask now with those you trust about what if I lose my job? What if I lose my car? what if I lose my health? What if I lose my home?
Figure out what you need for the coming year, make the lists, make the plans and then work on how you are going to make that happen.. then take a hard look at the bottom line.
Stay flexable, think outside the box.. make it work.. and JUST KEEP MOVING..