I've been a bit burnt out lately. I've been working six days a week since August. I'm not actually working that many hours, they're just spread out over 6 days. Saturday is my only day off, so I've been trying to spend it with my husband. When I'm not at work, I've been putting together the garden. The massive patch of weeds that was once my back yard is now full of corn, black beans, green beans, oats, about 30 tomato plants of different varieties, about 20 peppers of different varieties, rhubarb, asparagus, watermellon, winter squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, garlic, yellow onions, spring onions, chives, lettuce, spinach, an apple tree, 3 elderberry bushes, huckleberry bushes, broccoli, cabbage, chard, sunflowers, sweet and carving pumpkins, peas, and lots of herbs. It was not an easy task. I'm still getting rid of thistles.
And we still have our chickens to care for everyday. Now that the coop is built, the fencing is done, and the roost and nesting boxes have been built, the everyday maintenance takes very little time. I'd estimate it's about 5 minutese of work a day now that the start up work is over.
I've intentionally chose a lifestyle that involves a lot of work. It's easy to go to the store and buy your bread and cereal (recipe coming soon), but it takes time to make those things at home from scratch. Is it worth it? Oh yeah, it's worth it to have bread without preservatives, to have eggs from chickens that spend their day foraging for bugs and greens in their yard instead of spending their lives in cages, and tomatoes that aren't covered in herbicides and pestacids. Yes, it's totally worth knowing that I'm feeding my husband food that's nutritionally the best. But it does take time and energy. And it got to the point where something had to stop so that I could have just a small amount of time for myself. And that something ended up being this blog.
But the good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm going to back to working 5 days a week starting around mid June. So I will have time and energy to put back into this blog.
And my husband got me a professional Kitchen Aid for our anniversary, so you know I'll be creating all kinds of new recipes. The day I took it out of the box I made bread, cookies, and mayonnaise.
See you in June!