Thursday, May 17, 2012

Feeling Stronger

My old life (2009) :

  • Work all day in pain on sitting or standing, bite back the tears and bad attitude
  • Get home, lay down long enough for the hips to relax
  • Try to get up and get a few chores done, stop when legs are too sore to hold me up
  • Take painkillers and muscle relaxants to help me sleep.
My new life (yesterday):
  • Get up and do 5 minutes of exercise with Wii Fit.
  • Go to work, take frequent stretch breaks
  • Get up and walk the 1/4 mile trip to the other building and back while waiting for tests to run.
  • Go home, do a bunch of chores
  • Do another 5 minutes of exercise with Wii Fit for a break
  • Do more chores
  • Do another 5 minutes of exercise with Wii Fit
  • Go to bed without any pain meds
I'm hardly a runner or fitness guru, but for me it is worlds better.  I'm actually a little bit sore from yesterday's burst of activity, but at no time did I have to stop because of pain, and I can still do my minimum 5 minutes today.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Changes in the Wind

The shoes and the diet have made a huge impact on my health, but I still have yet to make the big change.  The BIG change.  Although I seem to be the only one that sees it as such a huge deal.  You can judge for yourself.

Big Change Part A:  The Farm

In about a month, we will be ready to apply for a mortgage.  That mortgage will be on a sizable piece of property in the country.  I intend to start growing more of my own food, vegetables and meat.  Chickens, sheep, and goats are on the early consideration list.  Pigs are awfully tasty and will therefore probably be a part.  Cows are just sooo....  BIG.  I'm going to try out smaller livestock first and get a handle on that.  I already have some experience growing my own vegetables, but I expect the first year or two to be a bit of a break-in period if the soil is not already well amended.

Our city home is 100% paid for.  No matter what happened to us, we always had a place to stay (assuming we could manage the minor city tax and avoid a tax lien.)  The farm is considerably more expensive, some places we're considering an order of magnitude more so.  In this rough economy is getting a new mortgage a wise idea?

Will I be able to handle this extra commute and extra work load?  Will I get calls at work that the sheep are out of their pasture again?  Will I totally freeze up when it's time to slaughter and eat Lambchop and Chicken Dumpling?

Big Change Part B: Giving up my desk job

Some time after we move (couple months?  years?), I will be quitting my desk job and becoming a full time mother/farmer.

This is the really scary one.  This is the one with no going back.  Once I get out of the workforce we will go from double income to one, and after a lapse in employment it's very hard to get back to your previous income level without starting over at the bottom.  Having my first child without my mother around is scary by itself.

Will I be able to handle motherhood and going into business for myself at the same time?  Will I be able to make any money off pastured meats and fiber crafts?

Mixed Emotions

For a long time this is what I said I wanted.  This is what I've been doing most of my reading for.  I have a notebook full of figures and notes.  And yet...  Now that it's on the horizon, I'm scared more than excited.  So many unanswered questions, so many other choices I will have to abandon...

Nothing to do but pray about it for now.  I'm waiting for hubby's new salary to show up on pay stubs, and  things to calm down where I work.  (Doing as much overtime as I can manage is not compatible with setting up a new house a forty-five minute drive away.)  Time to sit back, wait, and be patient.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Inuit Boots

It seems the Torguud are not the only ones to think of using a leather overshoe to protect a warmer boot. These Inuit boots show similar design, although most have the over-soles stitched on instead of tied on as in the Torguud boots. Materials might make the difference there, the wool not being as sturdy as the leather boot and more likely to let stitches pull out.