Mr. Bluejeans had an unexpected health issue and all plans for moving forward with the garden expansion had to be put on hold. Nothing more important than Mr. Bluejeans recovery! He’s improving daily and things are starting to ramp up again here on the farm.
Losing even one person while creating your homestead is a difficult thing. This lifestyle definitely teaches you to roll with the punches but the livestock and garden don’t care if your attention is focused elsewhere. They still want to be fed, watered and harvested! Sometimes you just have to reach out and ask for help, not an easy thing for many homesteaders.
Our mindset is usually all about doing it on our own but I’ve learned that there are times that just isn’t possible. Finding a core group that can help you through the hard times is important. Just as important as helping others when they come to a bump in the road. We are fortunate to have our girls and their families here to help us but this recent emergency made me realize that some may be unprepared for a surprise or unexpected emergency.
Please do reach out to your community, find others who share your vision and teach them anything you can. Gardening, feeding livestock, any homestead skills that you can pass on. What you are doing is enabling them to be more self reliant and creating a group that you can call on if there is a bump in the road. Bumps happen!