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.

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.

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.

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