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For 2009, I'd like to try, every day, to do one thing that advances my ability to rely on my own resources, rather than others, for my existence.

Not sure what I'll do each day. Some days might be as simple as collecting eggs from my chickens or produce from my trees. Some days might be learning a new skill or starting a new project. It should be a challenge to come up with something everday, but not, I think, an insurmountable one.

I'll post my results, and if anyone else cares to join me, I'd love to hear their projects (and possibly steal some of them to do myself!).

For those of you who joined me in this challenge in 2008, I hope I didn't lose any of you by moving this thread! And I hope you all keep posting your efforts! It has been inspiring!!
 

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I'll be joining this thread. I'm hoping to become even more self-sufficient and God reliant in 2009. Dh is joining me as well because he feels we need to do this even more than we did in 08. As a family, we will be doing this together.
 

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I'm joining. I'll be doing this on my own. DH is a city slicker in a lot of ways and isn't into this sort of thing at all. He thinks "self-sufficiency = having to do without and going back to the land = crisis thinking".

He doesn't realize it's this kind of thinking and doing that has increased our standard of living to where it is. He is convinced it's his pay increases that have made things better. Well, it's a combination of both. If I can find frugal ways to do things that make my life more enjoyable or healthier in the long run, I'm onto it!

Today I'm baking sourdough bread again. This stuff is addictive! DH sure isn't complaining about it! LOL I'm also sewing an apron for myself.

My personal goal at the moment is to save up for one of those Wonderwash machines. DH is not at all interested. But if I could even cut down the laundry by one load a week I'd be happy. I'd love to be able to use it to clean lingerie.

Carla Emery says in her book that those Wonderwash machines can also be used to churn butter!!!

Jean
 

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Jean- how does that wonderwash work? does it not take electricity?
very intriguing, esp if you could do laundry outside & drain the grey water onto the ground. I'm thinking you could also use water from a rain barrel! Have you seen one in actual use? I'm going to have to go check it out some more.

I'm hoping for more eggs in 09 as most of my laying hens just matured late fall & have begun laying, but infrequently because of th short days & lack of sunshine.

Looking forward to keeping up with you in 09 MadHen!
 

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I am definitely in on this one! I loved the 2008 version of it and madhen and many others inspire me so much to get things done. Looking forward to becoming more self-sufficent in 2009!!!!:wave:
 

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I am in on this one. Though I don't have chickens. I will be supporting some farmers that do. I feel better knowing that the money goes directly to them.
 

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Jean- how does that wonderwash work? does it not take electricity?
very intriguing, esp if you could do laundry outside & drain the grey water onto the ground. I'm thinking you could also use water from a rain barrel! Have you seen one in actual use? I'm going to have to go check it out some more.
Nope! It's hand crank. I hear it's an easy crank. Only takes a few minutes. I've never seen one in real life. Just exposed to them on this board. I did a web search and came up with a lady who claimed it is very similar to what they use on their sailboat on extended voyages.

I'm thinking it might be ideal for apartment dwellers, and, as DH and I are thinking of downsizing, this might be a good idea to try. DD#2 claims it's costing her $10 a week to do laundry at her apartment. For $520/year, I can crank laundry a few minutes a week. ;)...especially as total cost including shipping is $85CAD.

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Do you have a link on the internet to buy one that you could share with us?
 

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The Wonderwash sounds interesting, but I don't like that it doesn't perform as well with cold water. Also, I'm curious about the capacity. The bulk of my laundry is towels and sheets. It might be nice to have around for hand-wash items, though.
 

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Count me in! I am looking forward to new ideas on getting back to basics. Candy
 

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Count me in as another urban homesteader. I'm always trying to become more self-sufficient by reading, learning, increasing and sharing skills.
For example, my dd26 went to the pharmacy for me earlier, I'm having a low energy patch. What can I give her in return? As most of my gardening things are handy in the porch, I directed her as she filled a seed raising tray with soil, then she planted up some cucumbers & radishes to take home in the the parcel tray of her pram.
Dgd4 has a few kentucky beans to plant when she gets home.
I think sharing skills & resources to be an important part of self-sufficiency.
Later in the week I will be teaching her how to make bread. bread prices have gone up so much, & suddenly, that she's realized it will be cheaper to make her own.
The Wonderwash- I've seen something similar in magazines. But some people when camping or starting the homestead life use another method. You place your laundry in a plastic rubbish bin with a clip on lid. Add 2 litres of warm water, a tablespoon of detergent, clip the lid on. Take turns giving it a good shake. The kids love to help! In cases of water shortage use a second bin for rinsing and re-use soapy water. Some people put a child in as the 'last wash' & roll it about. Great fun.
 
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1/1/2009 - What did YOU do?

Today, I:

  • baked eight mini-loaves of quick bread and froze seven of them for future meals;
  • heated my house with my woodstove;
  • inventoried my dry goods/canned stockpile;
  • composted!
 

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Jan. 1st

-I wanted more shelves in a cupboard that is upstairs. Dh went out to his shop and brought in a couple pieces of plywood that were leftover from a project he did years ago. I have shelving at no cost.
-we composted
 

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Okay, this is what I'd like to learn in 2009:

• Learn to make pasta
• Change the oil in the car
• Change a tire on the car
• Pasta making
• Soapmaking
• Flax recipes (including crackers)
• Read "Country Living" for ideas.
• Buy and use a pressure canner.
• Making environmentally friendly cleansers
• Learn to make flavoured vinegars
• Learn to grind own grain.

I may have problems with some of this. It involves buying things like a pressure canner and a grain grinder. DH isn't keen on spending money on that kind of stuff. But if I can show him the improvement in quality of food, maybe he'll go for them.

We had a co-worker of his give us some freshly ground grain once. He loved it. His response was to buy different grains from the health food store. That gets a bit expensive. Plus it's not as fresh as home ground...sigh.

And the pressure canner would take the pressure off our smaller freezer now. We switched out for the smaller freezer, but we're still feeding 'kids' (mid-20's) every now and then. I'd like to make sure I have enough food to feed the family in an economic downturn. And I have lots of canning jars to fill...

Jean
 
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