Dream List

Here is my 2010 Dream List.  I made it last year on New Year’s Day.  I accomplished many of the things on it, not all.  And, that’s the point.  If I had bought a new dining room table, that would have been nice, but Oh Well.  I did lots of the other things on there.  When you make a Dream List, it is a guide for you…it doesn’t mean you have to be mad at yourself if you don’t accomplish it all.  That’s what my mom taught me.  Thanks for the advice, Mom.

Things I did do!:  I started 200 plants indoors, I was happy (thanks, in large part to my antidepressant), Started an orchard (which means I dug one hole), Had A Bang Up Fourth Of July Party!, Joined the pool, Cured Depression (thanks again to Citalopram), Grew, Ate and Preserved 9 months of produce!!

Today, I’ll start 2011’s Dream List.  So, I figure, I leave my Dream List out on the mantel all year long for me and all to see, why not go ahead and show it to the world?  Or at least my beloved Goat Cheese Lady friends. 

Here goes:  Plant at least 6 fruit trees.  Grow, Eat, Harvest and Preserve 9 months worth of produce.  Grow the garden in Raised Beds. Can 25 Pints of Tomatoes.  Grow and Slaughter 30 chickens.  Paint Every Room In The House.  Organize Every Room In The House.  Raise and Have Slaughtered or Buy and Have Slaughtered our own Pig.  Permaculture Our Land.  Buy More Land Adjacent To Our House.  Get 3 Gallons Per Day of Milk.  Make Hard Cheeses.

When I actually write it down on paper and decorate it (my boys and I do it together…they make their own lists too) I may remove or add things.  But, this is how it starts. 

Now it’s Your Turn!!  Put down ideas.  Make your Dream List!! 

Happy New Year!!!

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  You’ll see that I did not dream of becoming The Goat Cheese Lady.  That happened without the use of my Dream List.  Whew!!  Thank goodness it did!  I’m sure enjoying it!  Thanks to all of you for supporting my website and taking classes last year.  I hope to see or hear from you in 2011!!!

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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