January 2022

Welcome to 2022! Wherever you are reading this I am sure you have mixed emotions about this year. Everything seems to be piggy backing on this pandemic that has taken our world down. I didn’t set any resolutions of promising to work out or eat better or whatever. My intention was and is to just get through the year, hopefully with some success but basically to make it out of this year a little bit better off than the year before and to have learned some in the process.

For us in Northwestern Ontario we got dumped on by the snow gods and a cold spell made its way through, which just made the lockdowns are little bit harder to deal with. Hockey was stopped for our boys and online learning took over for a short while. We decided with closures and online learning we would take the time to see some family if we could. We sadly weren’t able to visit all as here and there positive cases started popping up. But who we did see was a good time. We let go of any expectations and just spent time as you seem to not know when you might be able to see someone again.

January is a time for deep reflection it’s the last long hold that winter has on us. The light starts its slow return back to us and I view January like the third trimester of pregnancy. Nesting starts to happen, pain and being uncomfortable all the time starts to set in. By the time February gets here you are fed up and ready for this baby (spring) to come. This process of romance that turns sour to the point where you are doing everything you can to bring this babe into the world is natures reverse psychology. If she gets us to the point of hating winter (or pregnancy) we are more than ready to welcome spring (or labour) with much more joy and energy despite the fact that it will be a muddy painful mess.

January is also a very special month for our family as it's our second oldest birth month. I really enjoy this month for this reason as I remember the whole month of January while I waited for his arrival. It was so cold and he was just a joy to bring into the world. For our kids we ask them what they want for their birthday and they have very particular requests. Our son Marcus requested farmer sausage and homemade perogies. I knew what his request would be and dreaded it as much as I looked forward to it. I dreaded the request knowing our small space would make making perogies very hard but I looked forward to the challenge. I was so happy I was able to pull it off and make my baby so happy on his birthday. He was gifted a beautiful thrifted wool sweater from us and a thrifted hardcover collection of The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

We are more than buried in enough snow that I feel like we might be able to make it through this summer without any forest fires and if we are successful we might be able to store some of the water that the earth has gifted us with in some catchment ponds we hope to build.

What else have we been up to this month? Not much. A lot of going to bed early. Snowboarding on our hill and just trying to stay sane. I did however finish knitting up a sweater that I still have to sew together to be totally completed but all the knitting is done. It was a fairly fast easy knit for a beginner although I did make some major mistakes but again a lot was learned. I think I have held off on sewing it up as I am burnt out from it and one huge mistake is one sleeve is way longer than the other and I don’t want to start over.

I have also got all my seeds and perennials ordered for this year. I placed orders through T and T Seeds out of Manitoba, Vesey’s out of PEI, Incredible Seeds from Nova Scotia and Heritage Harvest. from Manitoba. I ordered way more seed than I need and will probably use ahuge portion of them and what doesn't get seeded gets added to the next years garden plans. I also ordered a bunch of fruit and perennial vegetable stock too. Cherry trees, raspberries, asparagus and strawberries. With the land that the pigs cleared last year my plan is to start build our food forest. I am starting off our food forest with things that have good success and growth and should be able to tolerate our annoying clay soil. I hope to in the future add nut trees, maple trees and a bunch more fruit trees but until then I did order a bunch of fruit tree seeds from Incredible Seed and if I am successful getting those seeds sprouted I will have a bunch of stock for myself to plant in a few years as well as some to sell.

On other huge thing we did in January was put together a video of our life on the farm and what it looks like to live in a 160 square foot cabin as a family of 6. If you haven't seen the video I would love for you to check it out here. If you haven't already hit the subscribe button and tap the bell on our YouTube page so you will be notified when we put up a new video. Any interaction you make with any of our social accounts helps us get seen in the big wide web world and gets us little by little closer to our goals.

So anyways thanks so much for being here ad reading about us. Let us know how your January went? What was your biggest hurdle or your biggest joy? Did you set any intentions? Resolutions? Let go of anything? We would love to hear.

We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives….not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~ Ellen Goodman

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