The 80/20 Rule of Homesteading

| 3/20/2013 4:42:56 PM

Tags: modern homesteading, sustainable farming, sustainable living, Matt Kelly,

The plan for my free time these past few days was to keep working on the chisels so I can start constructing the raised beds for the garden this weekend.

However, we got over 4 inches of heavy, wet snow. And it keeps fluttering down. Which means I’ve been shoveling instead sharpening.

My loyal readers (are there three of you now?) will recall why I’m clearing the driveway by hand:

1. The ATV with plow is down for the count. I haven’t been able to repair it yet. 

2. I’m not paying to have someone work on the ATV because it runs counter this whole idea of self-sufficiency.mattkelly2 

Or as my father likes to put it: “There you go making things hard for yourself again.”

jack bauer
3/24/2013 12:19:09 PM

In order to become ready for mostly anything, you have to be a bit stubborn when it comes to the "hard way". Its late enough in the year that the snow will likely melt before it becomes a major problem. However, Your new found skills may get you out of a worse jam in the future.

matt kelly
3/22/2013 12:41:57 PM

Was just out shoveling again. Happy I didn't have 3 miles to dig out. Hope you get the tractor squared away today. I'm rootin' for you.

matt kelly
3/22/2013 2:05:07 AM

As soon as I finished writing this post, I made a note: "Self-sufficiency does not mean going it alone." Totally agree with all of you. The ATV just happens to be one of the things I'm keeping for myself.

ed essex
3/21/2013 9:36:17 PM

Nicely put. My tractor is up on blocks and the snow has been coming down and I have 3 miles of road to clear. New parts coming today. Daylight ahead. There is for you too!

k.c. compton
3/21/2013 4:49:32 PM

I really enjoyed this. I agree it's best to find help when you can -- and there's no shame in doing so. But sometimes you can't and you just have to buckle down and do the work. Good for you for hanging in there and caring enough to keep going.

robin theobald
3/21/2013 4:18:45 PM

I agree with Arthur. Even in pioneering days, neighbors helped neighbors. There are just some lessons that we have to build up to. In the meantime, get the help needed. I appreciate your 80/20 comment though. Sometimes we do focus on how much we are not getting done, how slowly our "picture" is developing. Recognizing that you have to maintain or lose progress is a great lesson to remember. Thanks for an enlightening article!

arthur weiler
3/21/2013 1:06:15 PM

Being self sufficient doesn't mean dying by trying to do everything yourself. Find someone to fix your ATV and barter with them for their time. Part of Homesteading is fitting in to a community for mutual support.

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