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Monday, July 11, 2011

Time To Get Back Into The Swing Of Things

Well, I would love to tell you all that the last few weeks were restful for me, but there is nothing restful about moving your family 100 km into the mountains.  Although we are settled enough to make life fairly normal, there is still plenty of unpacking to do.  Above that, the outdoors needs quite a bit of attention.  The property we bought ad not been maintained for about 6 years and is quite overgrown.  Despite all of this, prepping has not come to a halt.  We continue to seek out sales on food items, even though we have run out of space to keep it all.  I guess the pantry will have to be expanded sooner than later!  Some of you may be like me and dream of a little house in the country.  Let me tell you, it's a lot of work.  We made the offer on the house on July of 2010 and only now has it been made liveable.  A few things have had to be out on hold for now such as the garden and clearing some of the overgrowth to reclaim some of the lost lawn space for the kids to play.  But in the end, it will all be worth it.  Instead of waking to busses, sirens and traffic noise, birds chirp in the morning light.  We spend Saturday afternoons swimming in the lake instead of roasting on the concrete by the public pool.  The benefits of the move far outweigh the trouble of making it happen.  If you have a dream, keep it in your heart and find a way to make it happen.  Don't take your eyes off the prize.  Now that we are here, I already feel more confident about facing the what if.  We have our own water supply, Food is piling up at an impressive rate, and we look forward to growing much of our own.  Some of the projects we are planning include wind power for the out buildings, gardening, solar oven building & cooking, food dehydration and much more.  So has life become easier?  Well, no.  There is the garden to get dug for next season, wood to start collecting for the coming winter, and the list goes on.  But with all these chores comes the satisfaction that we are one step closer to our goals of being as ready as we can be for the future.  So now the posts can start up again, and I hope to have so much more to share with you all.  It's great to be back into the swing of things.

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