While we are still very project oriented, I am beginning to see a shift toward a more seasonal routine: garden, kidding, pastures, haying, harvest, food preservation, firewood, maintenance and repair; all of the things that are somewhat predictable because they happen at roughly the same times every year. The purpose of the master plan and all the projects, was to get us to that point - a life in rhythm with our seasonal routines.
That doesn't mean there won't be projects, but the projects will shift in purpose. They will be less for establishing (which is what 5 Acres & A Dream The Book was all about) and more toward fine tuning.
In light of all that, this year's list of project goals is going to be short:
- Finish the exterior of the house
- Build the barn
- Then (if we still have time) finish fencing the back of the property
Only three, but they all seem huge.
Of the house, I don't think it will all get done this year, but Dan really wants to. Broken down into individual projects, it looks like this:
- front end gables
- front window in sun room
- front porch ceiling
- last two windows in front bedroom
- back end gable
We'll still have interior work to do and would also like to add on a greenhouse, but the first three will be the focus this winter, especially since work on the porch ceiling and windows can be done somewhat under cover. Actual progress will depend on time, money, and what we find when we tear into the walls. If there is extensive structural damage that needs repair, well, the project takes a lot longer.
The barn will be a summer project. Dan wants warmer weather to work on the foundation, and the rest is "we'll see." We've revised our barn plan and have all the lumber, so that's a lot done already. I'll have a post about our updated plans for the barn soon.
Of the fencing project, I'll continue finding and clearing the old fenceline for now. It's easier to do when all the leaves are off the trees, so perhaps the actual fence installation can commence next October or November. This project is actually dual purpose. The pine trees that need to be cleared will be candidates for Dan's sawmill and our upcoming supply of lumber.
So that's it for goals. We have a few finishing up things like the rain tank and a second coat of paint for the Little Barn, but everything else now falls under fine tuning and seasonal routine. I'm not sure how far we'll get this year, but seeing some long-term projects finally nearing completion is highly motivating.
How about you? Any specific things you hope to accomplish in the upcoming year? Are you making plans? Or are you just going to enjoy the year as it comes?
Goals for the Homestead: 2017 Edition © Jan 2017