I have been trying to lose weight (and failing miserably I might add). But, I know the conventional knowledge is that you need a lifestyle change or you’ll get it all back. Luckily, I love fruits and veggies. I love fresh ones. I grew up with my parents who had two acres, and on those two acres were 2 sour green apple trees, 3 cherry trees, a mulberry bush, and a pear tree. If you wanted a garden, there was room for this. I moved to my own place, and we had an acre, no, we didn’t have a garden, but we had really great soil. There are many reasons for not having a garden, but, I must say, I regret it now.
Because now, I live in a housing addition. Now, my yard is all clay soil. Now, we have a small lot, and the back half is not only sloped, but mostly covered with patio, deck, trampoline and swimming pool.
I like the idea of being somewhat off the grid, of growing my own food, of raising chickens. There are several problems with this plan.
1.See above photo.
2. I don’t think the home owners association allows chickens.
3. I tend to kill plants. Oh, I know I’ve gotten better but years of this:
Have me more than a little nervous.
3. Finally, that whole off the grid thing…I’m marrying this guy
Whose office looks like this:
Who does this for a living:
I don’t think he is going to go off the grid willingly, or at all, for that matter.
So, I got a book about self sufficiency in the city. It has some interesting stuff in it. But, that stuff costs money. I basically just want to dig a hole and plant things. But, apparently that is too difficult. So, now I need to decide how much of my deck I want to give up to try container gardening, and I need to convince the boyfriend to help me make raised beds for the plants. I wanted a compost pile, but apparently they stink and the home owners association doesn’t like that either.
You know, I honestly understand why he bought this house, and the things I complain about made perfect sense when he was a single 25 yr old man. He didn’t want a big yard to mow, he liked the slopes so it wouldn’t flood, the water would run right off the yard. I know he fully intended this to be a starter house, and I know he didn’t know his starter family would come with the expansion pack. And, I know people and their needs and their desires change over time.
I graduated 10 yrs ago with every intention of being a pilot, living in NY, not even getting married until I was 30+, let alone have kids. And now, I am perfectly content as long as I can get a coffee once in awhile, I have a library card and some place to write while the kids play. I want to marry this man, be a stay at home wife and mom, home school the kids, and raise chickens and vegetable. This should be simpler.
But, in all honesty, I really have nothing to complain about. We both made choices that were right at the time, and it may take a little time to make the changes, but, things are still generally pretty good, and everybody is happy, so, I will only vent on here a bit about the crappy soil.
Plus, I wanted to play around with putting pictures in!