Spring Goals?

  • Spring Goals?

    Posted by Woodsman on January 15, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Do it yourself house remodel / reconditioning (inside and outside) reaching the halfway point this Spring is my goal.

    What’s your goal?

    KansasTerri replied 1 year, 1 month ago 12 Members · 28 Replies
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  • Chris-Stubbs

    Member
    January 15, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Raising these 2 pigs I’m getting today. Make a few changes to the chicken coop (add another set of egg boxes). Possibly get a few more egg layers. Get the garden beds going/transplants out. Gonna be a good one!

    • Woodsman

      Member
      January 15, 2023 at 2:28 pm

      Awesome! If you achieve even a few of your goals it’s a good thing. Keep us posted. We have your back.

    • Yankeeredneck

      Member
      January 20, 2023 at 12:17 pm

      Can I ask how many chickens you have. I had close to 30 at one time and predators got me down to 4 hens and a rooster. The hens would always use the same nest box. I’d find 2 in one box and 3 empty boxes next to them. The 4 now do the same thing. I guess beware of how many you add or you’ll end up like me, having a bunch of nest boxes and only one being used. Maybe add one at a time.

  • ButterflyHill

    Member
    January 15, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    It’ been almost a year since starting my journey in New state. Struggling to figure out what I’m going to do on addtl property as far as build home or find another property with a home built already, or try getting modular to fit existing foundation or stay in existing accommodations. Hoping the answers will become clear to me. God willing. On my own and rely on gut and a few honest people.

    • Woodsman

      Member
      January 15, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      I wish the best for you in your new adventure. From reading your words it sounds like you have many variables to consider. Only you know what those variables are. Moreover; only you know your hearts true desires. Hopefully, with time and conversations with others you see clearly what is best for you. I’m listening!

  • Missouri-Chris

    Member
    January 15, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    Full remodel of our cabin. 1 30 ft outside wall to be replaced.Floor in living room wiring, breaker box. Just the right amount of joy for the summer.

    • Woodsman

      Member
      January 15, 2023 at 10:21 pm

      👍 Perfect! To me it sounds like fun. I have no doubt others would be interested in how such a repair is accomplished. Enjoy. <div>
      </div><div>Thanks for sharing.</div>

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    January 15, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    Too much work, too little time.

    Tomorrow, I’ll cut down more xl logs so they fit better into my wood stove, put them up and will finally be done stacking 4ct of wood. Next project will be to re-cover my old hoop house which had the wrong plastic on, then build a new one (10’/8’) right next to it. Then an 8’ deer fence around my garden possibly with an arbor to use for fruit vines. Pew, I’m already tired reading that ! I also need to finish the siding on the back wall of our extension and want to set up more barrels for rain water collection.

    I also want to dig out a little pond for my ducks and on rainy days I might get some projects done in the house.

    Well, I think this sounds more like a plan for the next year kind of list. 😬

    • Woodsman

      Member
      January 16, 2023 at 12:14 am

      Yes, it a load of work! Make it easy by prioritizing, setting a realistic time line goal and when it all seems like too much …. Take baby steps by doing some small portion of big project, and before you know it it will be done.

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        January 16, 2023 at 1:53 pm

        Well, it’s just like eating an elephant, right ?! One bite at the time. 👍

      • Woodsman

        Member
        January 16, 2023 at 2:01 pm

        You’re right. If you can’t consume to in a timely manner it rots before you complete it.🐘

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        January 16, 2023 at 2:13 pm

        👍

  • Terminator

    Member
    January 16, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    To make sure I have my winter wood for next year, redo my garden plans build an outside kitchen by my green house and hope to build my own high tunnel,also repot my garden and of course start all my seeds and get ready for planting my first project is to make sure my pig area is ready for my 4 piglets I’m getting in a couple of months. It’s alot but I have made a list I do prioritize it and do one project at a time until done

    • Woodsman

      Member
      January 16, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      We all are far more alike than we may realize. We all do a lot of work. Heck, I often find working a “real job” is like a vacation. It is always amazing how much many of us do alone. No doubt it’s rewarding.

      In contrast, our ancestors seems to have no issue raising a timber framed barn together. We seem to have less trust, time or temperament to come together as a team.

      Let’s change this with “FreeSteading.”🤝👍👍

  • Granny-Hatchet

    Member
    January 16, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    I have so many goals, that they stretch well into summer and fall 😅.

    First and foremost however is getting the spring garden in and starting the summer seeds.

    We will be working heavily on the new property. Our goal for spring is to at least have the place fenced and cross fenced. Then a small cabin and outdoor kitchen is to be built. An outdoor kitchen to cook and can in the warm months, and a small wood stove for cooking and heating the cabin in the cold months.

    Next on the priority list is moving many of the berry bushes and other perennials from our current homestead to the off-grid property.

    Of course a well needs to be dug also. So that gets pushed in between fencing and cabin building.

    So much to do. But we are going to eat this elephant one bite at a time.

    Maybe a little more overwhelming for me, as I’m trying to decide what and when to move things over. And if truth be told, I’m kind of anxious to be on the new place already. But we don’t want/need to get ahead of ourselves.

    • Woodsman

      Member
      January 17, 2023 at 12:11 am

      Yes indeed … you have a summer of fun ahead of you. I hope all goes smooth for you. I wish you the best. Thanks for sharing. 👍

  • Yankeeredneck

    Member
    January 19, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    I have to cut and split next winters wood for the fire , get starts planted in greenhouse then transferred. Finish pruning natural growth, clear around wild blackberries so they bush out more, restock my freezer with squirrel. Put up the solar panels and wire. Finish working on the mini kubota I was given and sell a bunch of stuff to buy a wood chipper. Also my relax time will be spent tying salt water flies for summer fishing trips to the coast. At 63 years young I think I’m doing ok.

    • Woodsman

      Member
      January 19, 2023 at 2:28 pm

      Yes sir, you’re doing very well. We seem to do more and not less as we age. It is ironic when you think of that concept …. Doing more and not less as we grow less able naturally. What keeps us balanced, healthy and happy maintaining the ability to do for ourselves.

      Certainly, aging well makes us value the things we tend to take for granted when younger. Like simply getting dressed in the morning or rising in the morning with no new pain. Best of luck to you and all that you do.

      Thanks for sharing.

      • Yankeeredneck

        Member
        January 19, 2023 at 8:07 pm

        There’s on old saying that youth is wasted on the young. As I age and look back on my life it truly is.

  • sadie21962

    Member
    January 20, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    Stocking up on next winters firewood for us and my 80+ year old parents. Expanding the garden. Improving current greenhouse and hopefully getting another one. Adding more raised beds to my kitchen garden. Getting 3 feeder calves for us and 2 adult children. We have the infrastructure for it, they don’t. Stain the off grid cabin, 124 square feet. Pretty good goals for a 66 year old man and a 61 year old woman that is struggling with vertigo.

  • MulberryGardens-Christina

    Member
    January 21, 2023 at 12:15 am

    We’re processing our last pig, running 2 sets of meat chickens, getting our first cows (next week), building a cow shelter, expanding our 7000sf garden space to make room for corn and Southern peas, adding a dozen more fruit trees, selling plant starts, and whatever urgent needs come up. 😉

  • KansasTerri

    Member
    January 21, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    My goal for the coming year is to put my house in order: It is an older house and it needs a fair amount of repair work on the plumbing, sheet rock, etc. THEN there is the usual gardening, preserving, etc.

  • Woodsman

    Member
    January 16, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Your words look of a fuzzy means of messaging, but be it of your own making? Still I accept your way is your way. If you wish to address what I expressed, stay on topic please thank you. Yet, I shall address your challenge. “Churchianity” or better understood as unaccountable and one’s religion wasn’t the message sent by me.

    “A change of heart” (first) is assumed or why would “like minds” seek each other out. So what is after “first?” It would be secondly, correct? Therefore and secondly “FreeSteading” can indeed be the place for sharing quality information – whatever that may be to the reader and his interpretation.

    My writing did not imply that “FreeSteading”is or should be a church. Nor did it imply it should be a echo chamber of “like minds.” Unless you feel the sharing of good quality info. is a like mind thing? Really now, we are all human (minus the bots) and therefore we may always have a bit of like minds even with that change of heart you mentioned. So you see to be a member here “FreeSteading” you just may already have that “value in others?”

    As for “someone fussing and thinking their way is the right way” – is that not of another mind and not a like-mind? Maybe the “fussing” is a cry for info. Knowningly or not? I say spill out all the info., beliefs, rhetoric, concepts ideas, religion and love one wishes and sort it out for yourself and take and use what’s good or works for you! The other options is a self imposed silence in a virtual prison cell; many on the “LEFT” often relegate those on the RIGHT too.

    Let’s end with this … “people not uniting and working together over there faith doesn’t” erect a timber frame. “This life style (“FreeSteading”) knows no religion or faith, or like-minds or unaccountable people (churchianity). What “FreeSteading” does it provide a place for humans to communicate and learn regardless of their …. Backgrounds and diverse personalities etc.

  • Woodsman

    Member
    January 17, 2023 at 12:41 am

    We are doing excellent! The last thing; I think, anyone should want is someone to agree all of the time. Echo chambers kill the soul. Nothing is ever gained or learned by agreeing or avoiding conversation in fear of stepping on toes. I see the ice be broken by our disagreements and there is nothing but good things ahead. Keep talking. Appreciate your honesty.

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