It’s always motivating to feel like you’ve got a clean slate…that you can start anew. Thanks to my mom’s passion for setting goals and dreams and figuring out how to attain them, my kids and I have made Dream Lists for the past several years.
Even my 4-year-old has had one since he was 2…he had some help with it that year…and last year…
That’s my 2011 Dream List up there.
I can cross out because there is no doubt they are completed: Plant 6 fruit trees. Make Hard Cheese. Grow and slaughter 30 chickens. Brighten the basement (nothing like whitish paint on dark brown wood paneling to liven up a scary basement). Get 3 gallons of milk per day.
And here’s the update on the rest:
I can hold a handstand for 6 seconds.
We started permaculturing our land, and it will be an ongoing process.
To grow and harvest and preserve 9 months worth of produce, I realized I need to plant and harvest about 10 times more than I ever have. I did put up more this year than I did the year before though…baby steps?
We grew some of the garden in raised beds…AND LOVED IT!!! Too bad I waited so many years to give in to The Animal Whisperer’s many suggestions that we grow in raised beds. We’ll DO IT ALL in raised beds next year!!!
My tomato harvest was dismal, only put up 4 quarts.
Didn’t go to girls weekend….bummer.
Painted the kitchen, the boy’s room, the bathroom, the living room and the basement. 2 bedrooms and the hallway and the laundry room left.
I’m working, continuously on organizing every room in the house….sort of like the old Ziggy cartoon “Work on being better looking.” If you remember Ziggy, that just might not happen. Not all at once at least.
I can hold bind on both sides on a good yoga day.
We didn’t do the pig thing.
Didn’t do the land thing either…yet?
I’m sure Good Morning America will call in the next few days or so, they’ve just been too busy.
We started farming (a little tiny bit) like Joel Salatin.
We had an AWESOME One Year Anniversary of The Goat Cheese Lady potluck last summer!
I’ve already started planning for my 2012 Dream List, I think we’ll do them on Monday. I’ll let you in on the details when it’s finished. But for now, THANK YOU!!!!!!! You ALL have been wonderful to keep coming back to words I spew up on to these pages. And, all of you who have taken classes, THANK YOU!!! It has been an amazing year of meeting new people, learning new things, raising our children, our goats (like the time I pulled the baby goats out of the struggling mama?), and being married for 12 years.
I love my life and I am thankful for it.
Happy New Year, may you have only the best of what you dream for in 2012.
– The Goat Cheese Lady