Friday, December 31, 2010

Plans, plans, plans.

I like scheduling things. Plans give me comfort. I like taking the time to do all the thinking and then - once the planning is done - jump in and get the actual work done with gusto. Just plow through it because the path has been decided.

In the world of Myers-Briggs, I'm a pretty strong J. A scheduler.

So, yesterday, I scheduled 2011.

Well, I made goals. I also made contingency goals, so that if all the initial goals are completed, a back up plan has also been scheduled. The goals are broken into three key areas and are as follows:

  • Get Sheep - Such a simple statement! There is a lot of work involved with this one. The barn needs some repairs and the fence has to be reinforced. Plus, I have to find sheep. The plan is to start with 2 older ewes of any acceptable breed. I'm not too particular at this point with breed, as I don't have much experience and there are so many types it's a bit overwhelming. As these will be practice sheep and we won't be breeding them, to be acceptable, they should be hardy and have a desirable wool. Once we have more experience, we'll be looking for a good dual purpose breed for a sustainable flock.

  • Can 20-30 quarts of veggies - About 95% of the canning around here is fruit. I'd like to put up some beans, tomatoes and other veggies this year.

  • Build raised bed and plant fall greens - Extend our gardening beyond spring and summer.

  • Drive pickup truck - It's time to reacquaint myself with a standard transmission.

  • Kill chicken - Really not looking forward to this one, but I eat the meat and I think it's time I earn it. Plucking is certainly hard work, but it's not fair that I rely on Bill to do the really unpleasant part. This one is going to be hard - but it's a reality I'm (nearly) ready to face. Plus, Aaron Sorkin broke my heart with a ridiculous blog post about Sarah Palin and hunting which made me realize that until I take this step, I'm not really fully involved in what it means to eat meat. Blech.

  • Convert 25% of Sugar's food to homemade - This is related to the chicken killing. Pet food is the major source of CAFO meat in our house. Feeding the dog 3-4 meals a week of homemade food is a pretty easy goal, especially in the summer when the chickens are laying prolifically.

  • Learn to shoot rifle and shotgun - Also not excited about this - I've been promising Bill I'd learn for about 2 years now, but I keep wiggling out of it. However, I am even less excited when a raccoon kills our poultry. The goal is specifically not to learn to shoot well enough to hunt or defend our animals - but just to learn to shoot and not hate it. Small steps. I'll be putting this (and the chicken killing) off as long as possible, I'm sure.

  • Paint and re-roof woodshed (stretch goal) - It needs it but it's a big job.
  • Make curtains for Bill's Room and Guest Room - I can't think of anything more boring that sewing curtains, but the ratty lace has got to go.

  • Trim 2 hearths - It's just wood and a little bit of grout. I don't know why we haven't done it yet!

  • Paint bedroom floor, decorate walls - Our walls are a spunky orange, but the room is still pretty stark.

  • Make upstairs landing into library nook - Move crap, paint floor and walls, make curtain, furnish.

  • Strip wallpaper in upstairs bathroom (stretch goal) - Yeah, it's just wallpaper, but it happens to be on the ceiling, 12 feet up.
  • Complete 12 projects in Self-Imposed Yarn Club - Based on the brilliant idea of the Yarn Harlot. I took 12 yarns I've had in my stash for 2-3 years, but am still very excited about using, and packed them up with a matching pattern. They are wrapped in packing paper and each month I'll pick a random package to knit up. There is a mix of socks, shawls and other accessories.

  • Knit sweater from handspun, hand-dyed yarn - We had a lesson on our wheel at the knit shop yesterday. I'm feeling confident!


  1. I love all your goals! And while I understand your reservations about some of them I agree things like harvesting chickens (I like the word harvesting so applicable in so many ways) are important skills to at least be able to perform.

    As Neil and I always remind each other - no one LIKES slaughtering the chickens. We just recognize it's a needed step in eating meat, and one we'd rather be responsible for ourselves then leave up to some stranger.

  2. My goodness on the chickens. You know, I've been trying to convince myself the same thing about rabbits. We don't have a rooster, so we have a fixed number of chickens. But I have a potentially unlimited number of rabbits. I keep telling myself I should learn how to turn them into little roasts. This became especially attractive after GirliQ got loose and ate a bunch of orchids. :F (FANG!) Still haven't done it though. Maybe this year.