“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet



Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A lot has changed in the past couple of months here in the Geek household. Actually, the more accurate statement would be that one big thing has changed which has prompted other changes: as of the end of June, I no longer work outside the home.

When My Geek and I moved to the country, we knew we wanted to have a hobby farm. We also knew that we wanted me to be home to take care of it full time. Recently our life became such that we decided it was time to take the plunge. I am now a full-time homemaker and soon-to-be hobby farmer.

We have a garden already, which I hope to expand at some point and maybe grow enough to start selling at the local farmer's markets. Next year we'll be adding goats as the first animals in our little farm from which we will get milk (cheese!) and meat, and we may also get some chickens to get the tick population under control.

My first task at hand is to plan. I am learning everything I can about raising livestock - where to get our goats, how to go about buying them, what breed we want, what kind of shelter to build, what other supplies we need, what we feed them - so many questions and things to learn.

My main source of information right now is the book Barnyard in Your Backyard by Gail Damerow. I borrowed this from my father-in-law (who has chickens and has considered other animals) but I will be buying my own copy as it is an invaluable reference tool and will continue to be as I meet various challenges of raising farm animals. I'll be seeking out other sources of information as well.

Other than that, I've been spending most of my days getting the house in order and rescuing it from the sad state of neglect it's fallen into. It's starting to look pretty good and will soon be in purely maintenance mode. Yay!

We're also working on finishing our basement, which is currently just one giant concrete-floored room full of boxes and stuff. And we're finally hoping to build ourselves a nice front walk (after having lived here for almost four years with no real front walk to speak of - that's how we roll out here in the country).

I also want to make time to do more crafting, especially to add to my Etsy shop and maybe bring in a little income that way. And, of course, I want to do more writing, perhaps actually finish a book and attempt to publish it.

People always want to know what in the world women do who don't work outside of the home - how they fill their time. Well, this is a pretty good start, I think. I can't imagine I will be running out of things to do any time soon.

Oh, and I can't forget - I'd also like to get back into blogging more regularly. With all these wonderful new challenges in my life, I feel like I finally have something to say here again.

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At 8/02/2011 11:55 PM, Anonymous HolyMama! wrote:

HOW exciting!!! I look forward to reading all about this. i've already learned something about chickens/ticks that I did not know. See? you're a natural.
ha. a natural.
YEA for this fantastic idea, and especially the more blogging part!

At 8/04/2011 5:48 PM, Blogger Jan/ wrote:

I used to hear that question when I was a SAHM, and now hear it in retirement. I *never* get bored! I always have more that I want to do than I have time or energy to do. Have a great time, and be sure to keep us up to date on what you are doing.


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