I have all these passions inside me. Things that grew from … probably my childhood living in Oregon and Tahoe, I don’t know, but as I have become an adult, the passions grew but so did all these circumstances that have prevented me from actually perusing them. So now I find myself, almost 40 with this weird “American Dream” (More like nightmare!) type of lifestyle with a pretty ok job and a husband with two pretty ok jobs, barely making our bills, living out in suburbia (A.K.A. hell, ok maybe it’s not SO bad…) with our 2.5 kids (Three. We have three kids. I guess we are the rare family that made that stupid point five, like you can have half a kid…whatever.). Our cars are on the brink, and the boy has a nice medical bill from THINKING he MIGHT have broken his arm,that we can’t pay thanks to medicaid cutting the kids off every other month and having to re-apply which is a torturous process (I loath paperwork!) and I’m about to take the family dog to the vet next week because he’s limping, has stinky ears and seasonal allergies that cause him to scratch himself bald. So I know you’re kinda sorta supposed to start these things with some kind of “budget” (Watever that is), but yea, our budget right now is negative nothing. So all I’m left with are these passions, and my head is gonna explode one of these days and I’m gonna go postal if I don’t do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to start moving toward them. So I’m making lists. Things to research, to learn about to do in order to get us closer to the actual DOING of the things. I’d love any insight any of you homesteaders have regarding this list (I need SPECIFICS people!!!) and I’m going to work on each thing at least three times a week (God and Family willing). So here’s my list, my first tiny baby step, me, throwing it out into the universe (A.K.A the internet) in the hopes that if I keep stepping and keep throwing, it’ll all come back to me somehow.
Homestead check list.
How much wood will we need for approximately 2000 sq ft of structure (Not nessesarily one big house, but maybe a network of tree-structures for the family, a small barn, a shed and a wood shed?
What kinds of wood will we need?
Will we need steel beams or other components, what kind and how much will they be?
What types of widows will we have?
What type of insulation will be best?
Composting toilets. How do they work, how much do they cost?
What kind of bathing system will be best for us?
What other supplies for building will we need?
What kinds of tools and equipment will we need?
hand tools -screwdrivers, hammers, hand drills, saws, crowbar, ropes, chains, pullys
power tools? cordless or non? how much power would we need for the running of such things?
Wood burning stoves. What are the best kinds, how much are they?
Rainwater cachment systems?
How much does it cost to dig a well?
What should we look for when purchasing land as far as growing food and having enough water and wood?
Can we use water from nearby lakes/rivers/streams? How?
Plumbing to and from a treehouse?
What kind of power and how much will we need?
How much storage will we need?
How will we make money?
What will we live in while building and implementing our plan?
How much $$ will we need initially?
What is our plan for getting that $$?
Internet/WIFI? We know we need it, how will we get it and how much will it cost?
How much food will we need to grow to sustain our family = How much land will we need?
Best growing/harvesting practices?
Food preservation practices?
Wood storage shed.
Hoop house for growing during winter months.
One milk cow.
Four or five goats.
link to article I read on arched cattle panel animal shelter DIY:
Several outdoor cats.
Maybe a llama for wool.
Best composting practices?
Keeping critters out of the garden.
Bees! Types of hives and best beekeeping practices.
Treehouse building practices and techniques?
How are we going to gain that knowledge?
Fruit trees, how to prune and take care of them.
How much money will we need each month for things we can’t grow or make from the nature around us? Like castile soap, borax, hydrogen peroxide, essential oils, flour beans and rice, gas, clothing etc. as well as bills like property taxes and insurance etc…
What exactly WILL all those extra expenses be?
A small barn/coop for the few animals.
Clothes washing? In winter?
What will our daily schedules look like?
What laws/regulations/codes make life harder/easier for homesteaders?
useful hacks for homestead living:
So that’s it. My baby step.