Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Losing Sight

Five years ago we started a new adventure. We bought 2 1/2 acres and left the city lot we owned to start learning how to be more self-sufficient, raise our own food and animals and to have room to roam. It's been quite the experience but I've also on many occasions for long stretches lost the vision of my dreams. So the learning has been slow and the progress stagnant as of late. Much of it is due to the MANY responsibilities that pile my plate but also much of it is due to procrastination.
I'm a procrastinator! I have ambitious dreams but they remain dreams. I like what Abbot Tryphon says in that post about procrastination..."Procrastination only has power over our lives if we let it. Taking steps to curb the habit of slothfulness must begin with a decision that today, with God's help, will be the day that I leave laziness and procrastination aside, and move forward with action."
I've had these dreams forever! Why do I continue to let procrastination rule over my life. I have the power and ability to accomplish anything! I must decide to do so!
My garden grows each year. My new favorite crop is garlic! I grew garlic fo the first time last year and it was so fun and so easy and so delicious! The fresher garlic is the more oil/juice you get out of it. I was astonished when I first pressed a garlic clove straight from the garden! Last year I planted 40 cloves of garlic and harvested about 35 bulbs. Did you know you plant garlic in the fall? This year I planted 54 cloves and I wish I had planted more! I use garlic copious amounts of garlic in just about everything I cook. The health benefits are abundant.
I grew lots of cool weather crops for the first time last year as well. Things like kale and chard. So delicious. I am still working on getting the garden put to bed for the winter. Hopefully once school break begins (one more week) I can get out to the garden again to finish the clean up.
In no time at all I will be able to start seeds in the house!

Dreams! Well, it's time to stop procrastinating and following my dreams!

3 comments:

Marfa said...

I want to do what you've done...we live in a pretty urban area. I know I would be so much like you, because I procrastinate, too. Thanks for letting me know about garlic...that is one thing we haven't grown yet! We did onions and they turned out well and I know they are in the same family!!!

Mimi said...

I can't believe it has been five years, wow!
Within the last couple of years, I've come to love garlic scapes in the spring. Yum!
And, procrastination. Sigh. Boy do I know that...

anna said...

I love dreaming! Don't be too hard on yourself, I have found that small steps are the key! When I decided to start canning, I decided one thing at a time. Now, I can fill a pantry with my canned goods, but a few years ago that overwhelmed me. Now I am tackling breads. Love seeing your progress, and your determination.