Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Urban Homesteading Plan take 1.


I don't know why I do this to myself. LOL



Working Out.


and now?  Urban Homesteading.

This actually isn't a new concept in our house, we've been working towards purging clutter, going green, being frugal, and being more self-sufficient for years.  This is just an attempt at a formalize plan and take our current habits to the next level. LOL.

So, the March/April rough draft looks like this:
  • raised garden beds (that I meant to do LAST April  *blush*)
  • fencing in the second lot behind ours
  • extending the fence on the main lot to allow the raised beds to be within the fenced area
  • moving the plants from my container garden from last year to said raised beds (to be built)
  • finish compost pile structure
  • gutters  (ok, gutters have nothing to do with urban homesteading, but just need to be done before spring rains)
  • install rain barrels

Seems like a lot, and I decided it's worth it to hire the fencing done by my awesome Rent-A-Husband aka Miguel and his team.  They've helped with various projects over the last 18 mos around the house, and I would give them a 100% recommendation for painting, carpentry, and other handyman type services.

One of the best things about this project, is my daughter is 110% on board with this and realizes since this will be a family garden, the whole family helps out.  Good in theory, I'll update you on the reality come Mid-July when it's over 90 in the shade. ;)

Combine this with the busiest travel month I have for work, and we have a recipe for one of two things.

Either the most productive home-improvement month ever
The biggest FAIL on home to-do list ever.


So, send me links to your favorites gardening and home-projects blogs and sites.

p.s. I don't really need to blog about how home-repair/upgrades cut into tri-training, I'm pretty sure you know how that blog would read. haha


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“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it last forever.” ~~~Lance Armstrong

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.~~~Denis Watley

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. ~~~Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)