Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Great Purge of 2017

So in my previous post I mentioned how I didn't know there was an alternative than having a crazy amount of things in your lives, well the past few months I have been doing a lot of research and discovered that I am a Wanna Be Minimalist.  I have spent my whole life being suffocated by things and taking my all of my time to tidy and organize things I didn't really like or even want.  I have neglected the people that were important to me and given it to these things.  In the past year I have two "episodes" where I can't breathe and feel like I am literally being suffocated.  There hasn't seemed to be any rhyme or reason to them but now I wonder if it's not the stress of the stuff and all the things I need to do because of that.
So I have had some inspiration to help me realize it can be done.  First I listened to the book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up"  It was a good book and gave some practical tips and tricks on how to simplify.  But I'm tired of tidying.  I want to figure out why I've done this to myself (and my family) and how to never, ever think this is acceptable again.
Next I watched a film on Netfix.  Honestly I don't remember how I stumbled onto "The Minimalists" but I can't be more grateful that I did.  The film is entitled Minimalism and is amazing.  It's direct and thought provoking.  I highly recommend it to everyone.......even if you never want to be a minimalist I guarantee this documentary will at least make you think about how we perceive life and why we are driven to act a certain way.
Then I started following their podcast.  Then I searched YouTube and that's where I found Darci Isabella's channel and I love it.  As a fellow mother of a large family it is nice to see someone who is real.  Dealing with a family and being a minimalist.  So inspirational.  I highly encourage everyone to go and take a look and subscribe.  From all of this I have realized that this is a journey.  I won't be an orderly and beautiful home tomorrow but if I spend the year as a wanna be minimalist I might be one step closer to a peaceful, less stressful, more organized life.  I hope that you'll join me on this journey.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Picture recap of 2016

Here's a few pictures as a recap of the CityFarmin garden in 2016.  Big plans are already underway for 2017 as we have a greenhouse this year.  Seeds orders will be going in soon, even though we have had 108" of snow.  I'm already dreaming of sunny days, warm weather and lots of yummy goodness growing in the garden.  This year I'm embracing my goals of becoming a wanna be minimalist.  I have always felt like I am suffocated by the "stuff" around me but didn't know there was an alternate way of living.  Well this year that is all changing.  Along with things around the garden I'll also be featuring our overhaul of our life, the stuff in it and hopefully the peace and happiness that I find along the way.  I hope to hear of the things you are doing this year.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Year in review

Life has been crazy and I can't believe that 2016 is coming to a close.  We have had high school graduations, a DD got married and a new greenhouse on our city farm.  I love life but I hate how fast it goes.  It's cold and snowing here and I'm dreaming of next years garden already.  I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and that you continue to grow and plant and love life!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The last of the plums

Well that time of year has come where I'm processing the last of the plums. I always hate it because it means winter is on its way. These will become plum jamBut the Jerusalem artichokes are still in full bloom and loving every ounce of sun they are soaking up. I'm already drooling over soup with these yummy tubers on cold winter days.There is still so much to do in the next couple of weeks.  I never realized when I was young how fast time really does go.  Here's to enjoy the last few beautiful weeks of fall......then the snow comes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A cold and wet kind of day

It has been one of those days today....cold, wet, and miserable!  All I want is to be playing in the garden. Sunshine on my face.  Dirt under my fingernails but alas it is not one of those beautiful days. So I thought I would take a moment and catch you up on what happening on the CityFarm.

A few weeks ago we picked up some more bees.

Here they are. All tucked inside their box for the 2 hr. ride home.  They did great and are adapting well. We are hoping for a very productive year for our bees as they had a head start with the unseasonably nice March weather.

We also just spent some time as a family. Enjoying Easter together.

I hope that you had a special day as you remembered the beautiful and meaningful gift the savior gave each of us.  

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day so I can snap some pictures of all the things growing and put some radish seeds in the ground!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Things are growing!!!

So many things are coming up in the garden. Rubarb, strawberries, garlic and so much more.

We also spent Saturday afternoon planting onions. It's crazy a good we're going to take advantage of every second.

Our walking onions are starting to come up as well.

And when it gets dark or a little too cold I get to come inside and dream more about my garden while quilting

This is by far my favorite time of year!!!  Happy spring!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Garlic is Growing

In SE Idaho we should normally still have snow on the ground but not this year.  We have had unseasonably warm weather and the plants are loving it.  Over the past few years we have been working on creating a yard that features edible landscaping. 95% edible is my goal.  People have looked at us like we are a little crazy as each year we remove more and more of our lawn. But it is moments like these that make it all worth it for me. Watching the beauty of edible plants come to life.  Knowing that in some small way we are producing something amazing and delicious for our family.  This week the majority of the garlic that we planted last fall peaked thru the wood chip covering. I love fresh garlic!  It really does taste so much better!  I'll keep you updated on its progress and other things around our little homestead as things spring back to life.  What is growing at your home?