Tuesday, 20 March 2012
There's so much to do, my mind is spinning. Garden plans to finish drawing up, more seeds to start, water collection systems to plan and implement, a large list of indoor finishing work, some painting, 2 sheds to fix, a greenhouse to build, a quonset shed to re-purpose and re-cover, fruit trees to prune, bird feeders and bat houses to build, a strawberry bed to create, a new compost structure to build, chicks to order, a natural wildflower meadow to seed, a back patio to construct, a coop to clean out and disinfect, a new deck/front entrance to build (the last of the major renovation work), an outdoor wood fire brick oven to build... The list could go on forever and ever!
I'm coming to realize how truly complex this simple living journey is and it's truly incredible how challenged I feel on a day to day basis. Boredom simply doesn't exist in our lives. Problems and challenges present themselves constantly and require tremendous creative thinking to solve. The added challenge of sticking to a tight budget adds a whole new higher element of creativity and tenacious persistence to the mix.
Patience never was my strong point, so it's fitting that I'm squarely in "Patience Boot Camp". LOL. Things don't happen quickly here. We've got a lot going on and because we can't (or won't) spend a small fortune to buy ready made structures and equipment, we employ a healthy dose of good old fashioned elbow grease and we learn to be patient. Good things come when we work slowly and steadily.
Put simply and succinctly, there is always something new to learn about and always something to do every single moment of the day. The challenge is to force ourselves to rest in between it all to enjoy the beautiful moments that present themselves...
This just never gets old. Every morning it's different, every day more beautiful than the one before. I'm in paradise at long last, on our modest little parcel of 2.5 acres.
Pinch me, I must be dreaming!