I love what I do every day, but I can’t do everything and it’s okay. When I scroll through Facebook or Instagram I really love seeing what people enjoy doing. I love the smiles and the joy in the pictures my family and friends share. I love watching children grow up that I haven’t seen for years. I marvel at everything people make, and I have no desire to do, or should I say, I don’t want to do. I’m not lazy by any means, but as I look at some things that wonderful people make and share on social media, I can’t relate. Or, as I said before, I can’t do everything and it’s okay.
Here’s the deal, I do not dwell on the things I can’t do or do not want to do or make. I’m sure there are people who have no desire to make bread or cinnamon rolls. I love, and I mean, I love everything about making bread. The feel of the dough, the bread baking and the smell of hot bread right out of the oven. I hope today that this post this helps someone who feels they must be able to do everything that your neighbor does or your favorite aunt loves to do. We don’t have to do everything. Period. It’s okay.
I Can’t do Everything
I’m going to share some of the things I do not want to learn to do, I applaud you if these are some of your talents. They don’t work for me, and it’s okay. I have zero desire to learn these skills. But I will pat myself on the back for all the skills I do have.
I can cook from scratch, stick to a budget, teach emergency preparedness classes, I can paint houses, cut and lay floor tile, finish basements, use a nail gun, hang sheetrock, use a garden tiller, plant a huge garden, prune trees, mow a lawn, design houses, make curtains, make table runners, make quilts, make my own laundry soap, hang cabinets, make coats, and just about everything a person can wear, but shoes.
I call myself the extreme saving shopper and I do not buy cheap products. I do not have any allergies. I applaud you if you make the following items. I can’t do one more thing. I must take care of my health and save money at the same time. It’s okay if you don’t want to make all your personal hygiene products from scratch. You can’t do everything. It’s okay.
Make Bars of Soap
Make Lip Balm
I’m excited if you raise animals. I rarely eat meat, I never eat eggs and I do not care for milk. I will never make a big deal if you have a big slab of meat on your plate. Mark would love that every night, it’s not going to happen. I would rather have beans and rice. It’s how I roll. I really admire my friend, Janet Garman over at Timber Creek Farm. She is an expert on farming, raising chickens and sheep, naturally dyes wool, the list goes on and on. Plus she makes the most beautiful soft wool hand-warmers. Hand-Warmers
If raising animals for food is not your thing, it’s okay, buy the meat prepackaged from a reputable farmer that feeds their animals healthy food without poisonous grains. Grass-fed meat is awesome. I’m not an expert on what animals eat, I can’t do everything. It’s okay.
Raise Meat Rabbits
Raise Chickens-I highly recommend “Chickens From Scratch” by Janet Garman
Produce Cow Milk
Produce Goat Milk
Acreage Over An Acre
Now, I would love to buy an acre of land, yes I’m looking for the perfect lot. I want to have a huge garden, a home that is off the grid as much as possible, but not up in the hills. I want it to be built with concrete and catch the sunrays from every side of the house. I want it to be solar, but not connected to the government power grid. I want a small community of like-minded people to do everything together to live off the land. Yes, this is possible. I would love to utilize the skills and talents of others and share mine with them. We could have our own farm with food you grow yourselves and animals for those that want them and control what is fed to them.
I want a totally organic garden, and I want to be able to save my seeds without being arrested. I want to do everything our ancestors did, and more. Yes, we can do it, I know it. May God bless us for being self-reliant, it’s critical we do it now, not next year. Time is of the essence, please dream and make it a reality, but don’t feel bad if you can’t do everything!
My book “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli
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