1.) Make bar soap. (See, I told you these are superficial!)
I have a local source for lye, and we made our own tallow. The rest of the ingrediants are in the cupboard.
2.) Think about the food staples I buy and how I can make them myself.
Sugar, for one thing. If we put in another hive of bees I think I'll have enough honey to use in recipes instead of sugar. Currently, we buy sugar in 50lb bags. Pasta is another thing I could be making instead of buying. Butter, unfortunately, is still cheaper, though a lot less healthy, to buy.
3.) Start seedlings indoor.
Which means I need to learn about grow lights. Along with this goes thinking about what to grow this year and which foods are the best for preserving for year long use. I did black beans a few years ago and loved how easy they were.
4.) Put a few more trees in the orchard.
Another plum and a few more apples, most likely. We'll aim for putting in as many as the bank account allows and we have room for.
5.) Piano lessons for the kids.
I have a piano. I play. Really, it's just tiredness/laziness which keeps me from teaching my children.
6.) Be consistant in love and discipline.
7.) Begin daily walking again or cross country skiing in snow weather.
Before my last two pregnancies I was running a few miles each day and I am sooo far from that happening.
8.) Study more natural medicine and healthful eating and incorporating the knowledge into our daily life.
9.) Learn about alternative energy and ways we can incorporate them into our living.
We live in a great place for wind power and I'd like to replace our ancient hot water heater with a tankless one.
10.) Cute-ify the poultry area.
Think dirt and mud and you'll imagine why I never post pics of our chicken quarters. I'm thinking sunflowers planted around their fenced area and more straw to cover the dirt. Maybe some sort of wine to grow along the fence that stays green all year.
11.) Figure out what we can grow to feed our poultry through the winter.
There has to be something I can plant a plot of that they'll eat so we don't have to buy bags of cracked corn during the winter.
12.) Mulch the garden.
Last season, we bought straw which turned out to be hay and you can imagine how well that worked for mulch. (Straw has no seeds, hay does so we basically planted ourselves a hay field in the garden.)