I haven’t spoken much about what I’ve learned out here in Weed, California, so I’m going to now.
The modern day conveniences don’t exist here in Northern Cali. The nearest cities are 70 miles, north or south, away from the conveniences. One has to learn or put into action that which they have learned in theory.
Spring and Summer
Over the spring and summer I was delighted with watching the fresh fruit trees and vine delights (blackberries, etc.) pop up around the ranch. I had a difficult time with the belief structure of “not enough to go around”. In recognizing, probably for the first time, there is more than enough – literally. The foods are absolutely amazing. The fresh fruit trees obtain their water from the purity of Mt. Shasta’s water supply/creek nearby. Let’s put it like this – I never enjoyed pears, but now I do.
In order to use these fruits during the months I was gifted with the equipment to hydrate apples and pears, and how to properly can and freeze blackberries. Needless to say, I did not do harvest enough. Ha! Ha! Ha! And mind you, there are fruit trees and rows of blackberry bushes that grace the sides of the creek. Oh my word. *Not to mention the variety of bees and wildlife that are all around. Even farm animals. So, for the upcoming year, it’ll be a project of mine to truly accept the gifts of these trees and vines. We also plan on planting our own gardens, with a community garden too.
Fall Into Winter
First of all, it’s cold. Make no mistake about this.
When we first arrived here I made sure to purchase a winter coat from the local store. Why? I remembered learning how it’s best to take just what you need to get one to another place and THEN spend your money on the essentials in that area. Again, putting what one has learned in theory to practice. Any coat that I would have brought with me would not have been warm enough. Thankfully, I have plenty of shirts to layer up with too.
Now, into the fall and winter the biggest concern for folks, and me now, is keeping the house warm. I have learned how to chop wood. And in doing so, I WILL NOT PAY FOR A GYM MEMBERSHIP or purchase exercise equipment AGAIN. This is a hearty exercise that works all muscles and the cardio, especially if you have to chop wood in the snow. Holy Moses. Let’s put it like this… I would typically put on 10 to 20 lbs. during the winters. I expected this even this year. Nope. Go chop wood and see how ya feel.
Also, while one’s house is warming it’s a good idea to learn how to cook and bake from scratch. Yes. I have done the unthinkable – I actually know how to cook and bake all sorts of things. Again, 70 miles from any major city and fast foods. Lord. The little treats and all are yum!
Overall the entire mindset of rushing around does not exist here. Heck. The newspaper, a printed newspaper is truly utilized by everyone, even business advertisements. It’s been excited, frustrating, and blissful learning how to do and/or create a way of doing things. This has gotten me to a place of creative clarity. I would have to say as well – it’s been a good thing too. *As some of you know, the husband’s medical challenges and such.
With that…What have you taken from your theory book and put into practice lately?
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