There's absolutely nothing wrong with peaceful stability (in fact, I'm grateful for such an existence), but I'm just a wee bit tired of putting off learning new skills. To shake things up a little, I've signed up for a few workshops through Shovel and Fork to learn from local people just precisely how to keep bees and harvest honey, forage for wild mushrooms and cook with them, crush and ferment apple cider and berry wine as well as (wait for it).... butcher and process a chicken for the table. Those are tasks that I've had on the back burner for far too long and it's time to learn them!
I'm also immersing myself in the teachings of Sally Fallon by re-reading the book Nourishing Traditions. Another goal for this year is to perfect the art of sourdough. I recently started a rye culture using fresh ground flour from our neighbour, John at Gold Forest Grains.