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To do or not to do….where on the list should it go?

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Thank you for this great post over at Not Dabbling in Normal You’ve inspired me to consider the lists in our lives a little more deeply.

Do you have a “to do” list…or does your spouse have a “honey do list” for you? Do you use multiple lists or different areas in your life? Perhaps one for groceries, one for repairs, one for homestead upgrades, one for hobby wants/needs, etc?

I would be lost without my lists, and my wife would definitely also be lost without hers. I am a techy-type, so prefer to keep my lists on my iPhone’s “notes” app or as calendar entries on my Mac. Tanya prefers the large coiled scribbler method. In fact, I am actually writing this blog post in the Notes app…after having added the “lists” idea to my list of blog post ideas….

We most definitely have a number of different areas to build and manage lists from We were able to knock a few off the various lists in 2011, including:

-clear land
-build coop
-get chickens
-get rooster
-get feather plucker
-learn to process chickens
-fencing and fencing and fencing (this one is definitely not complletely finished yet…)
-get pigs
-get rabbits (well..only one doe so far…so that item is also still on the list….)
-provide heat sources for the aforementioned critters…and also keep their various water dishes in a liquid state throughout the winter
-learn how to and make yogurt

Plenty of items on 2012’s list, including:

-get more rabbits
-build rabbitry and rabbit arks
-put in garden
-more fencing and cross fencing
-begin compost piles from all the critters “night soil”
-look at worm bins (as our 2011 worm bin didn’t work out too well!)
-dig a well
-determine and implement alternative heat sources
-explore solar and/or wind power options
-dig a dug out/pond
-consider ducks
-consider goats
-learn how to and then dehydrate food
-learn how to and then can food
-learn how to and then preserve meat through smoking, etc

Should be another fun year!

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Nice post. Nice lists! There is a blog out there that you can get a lot of information from about solar and wind.They have been working toward getting off the grid and took the plunge last year. There are great posts on their process and things they learned along the way along (solar and wind)

http://hardworkhomestead.blogspot.com/

here is another blog off grid – might get some info from their posts too

http://homesteadinginmaine.blogspot.com/

Emily

Comment by Sincerely, Emily

Thanks – those both look like great blogs too!

Comment by northernhomesteader

We use heat lamps for nightly housing in the winter months. One lamp for a 10×20 hoop building is plenty. Place it directly over the water container or slightly off to one side.
Using the lamp also helps with the depletion of light during the winter months that chickens need for their egg production.
I am sure you could run it off a solar powered battery and on a timer too.
Maybe instead of purchasing a plucker…You can build one. We built ours from a book we got off Amazon! A few parts, a plastic tub and a motor…and woohoo…a Plucker!
I say skip the yogurt and go for cheese! Ricotta is simple and easy to make. It is the most easily used cheese and can be used for everything from addition into eggs to deserts!

Good luck with your lists…Mine always seem to grow longer for the “need to do” than the completed.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help or advise.

Comment by Doreen

Nice post. you have very nice looking blogs and pictures. Something for me to strive for.
Jeff
heritagebreedfarms.wordpress.com

Comment by finkfarm

Great lists and some items look familiar. (I think they are on mine too. 😉 ).

I will be eager to hear about you experiences with rabbits and worms. Neither of those has gone very well for us. That’s why you haven’t seen more posts about those on our site.

We alternately cooked and drowned our worms last year. We need a better system.

We have had the absolute worst luck possible with our rabbits too. A couple of times they have given no notice of imminent birth (like pulling fur and making a nest), so we haven’t given them nesting boxes. (If we provide them too soon, they use them as litter boxes instead). Then they have given birth on nights when it’s been in the twenties and the babies are dead in the morning.

Once, a dog got in the pen area under the hutches and harassed them until one gave birth prematurely. Of course, they all died too. And twice, a perfectly healthy looking adult rabbit that was hopping around, eating, and drinking one day has been dead in the hutch the next morning.

I guess those are examples of the learning curve and why it’s wise to practice these skills and learn from your mistakes when failure isn’t so critical.

Good looking site with great pictures! Thanks for your frequent comments and encouragement on our site.

Laura

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