We had five categories: house, outbuildings, fencing, critters, and food preservation.
Goals for the house included:
- finishing the master bedroom
- replacing the side windows in the corner bedroom
- and then completing the siding on that side of the house too
Of those I can report that the master bedroom is pretty much done. We finished the bedroom ceiling last January, and the floor in June. The only thing that keeps me from having an official "we're done and here are the before and after shots to prove it" post are the thresholds for the doorways. That's been one of those little projects that has hung on and on and on, if you know what I mean.
After that our direction for the house changed when we had trouble with the front door. Since replacing the door involved fixing structural problems with the entire front porch, that meant the beginning of a rather extensive project which is still in progress. It's a relief, actually, because it will make the entire living room more energy efficient once it's done. I can't complain about that.
Goals for outbuildings all revolved around building a proper goat barn (plan here):
- finish chicken coop
- finish emptying out the coal barn
- tear down coal barn
- build new goat barn in coal barn footprint (A goal I didn't anticipate finishing this year.)
We got everything checked off that list except building the goat barn. That was actually postponed because of the front porch project. But we got a nice new chicken coop built and the old outbuilding torn down. Because of the delay in getting started on the barn, we recycled much of the old building to add on to the existing goat shed. And that turned out pretty well if I do say so.
Goals for fencing. We had only one goal for fencing:
- finishing the doe browse.
That was the first goal we checked off the list! In addition, we fenced the garden because deer wiped out a number of things and wandering dogs tended to come dig up the beds. Also we purchased electric netting too, and a solar charger (something we've talked about for quite awhile).
Goals for critters. These were:
- continue working on my goal of developing a dual-purpose homestead breed of goat (my Kikobians)
- getting Silver Laced Wyandottes for chickens
- get a dog
- get pigs (something that's been on the annual goal list for a number of years)
Well, I'm still working on dual-purpose goats, but not my Kikobians. Even though I had a beautiful crop of Kikobian kids this year, I had to make a decision and ended up switching breeds. In September my long time Kinder dream came true with the purchase of two registered Kinder does. That was soon followed by two registered Kinder bucks. All of my Kikobians are gone but not forgotten, and I've never regretted the decision to go with the Kinders.
Our year of Silver Laced Wyandottes was good as chickens go, but they didn't endear themselves to us as we hoped they would. Next year, look for something different for us.
I did get a dog, a Great Pyrenees, but that only lasted about an hour.
Last but not least, we finally got our pigs! Two American Guinea Hogs and I can report they have been a wonderful addition to the homestead. Their presence required another shelter, but this one is temporary, you can see that and the pigs here. Next year, piglets!
Food self-sufficiency goals included
- field crops
It was a pretty good year for growing and preserving. Even though we didn't plan for a large area of corn, we did a small one in. Harvest was only fair, because of a rainless spell. Rainwater irrigation was something else we planned to improve upon. Besides adding another tank, Dan made me an irrigation pipe from PVC. We were pleased that we had good pressure from the tanks for it and plan to make more of these for next summer.
One goal I did not accomplish, was a more extensive fall garden. This was because we've decided to revamp the garden, something I'll share more about later. This fall I planted one raised bed for salad, but that's it.
Of course we got a lot of other things accomplished too, but for our specific goals, I think we did pretty well. Things we didn't check off this year will go onto our goal list for 2015.
How about you? Did you get everything accomplished this year that you wanted to?
2014 Goals, How'd We Do? © December 2014