Well… here I am… doing what I would have never in a million years thought that I would, or even could ever do. I’m writing a blog.
“Blog”… ? What the heck is a “Blog”… ?
I think, at least for now, that I can relate to Bill Murray’s neurotic, compulsive, agoraphobic character in the movie “What About Bob” when, as he was strapped to the bow of a sailboat, exclaimed “Look at me! I’m sailing! I’m sailing! I’m a sailor!”
Well… Look at me! I’m blogging! I’m blogging! I’m a blogger!
OK, it remains to be seen if I am, or will indeed ever really BE a blogger, but I do believe I have valuable insight on the subject of my new blog… Homesteading and Emergency Preparedness.
(Here comes a quick recap of the last 3 decades of my life)
I have been building a homestead for well over 30 years, and have gained a vast set of skills in just about every area of homestead life. To list a few of my livestock ventures, I have chased cattle, raised pigs, flocked chickens, herded horses, and reared rabbits. While I might add, managing to grow the best crop of fire ants any Texan has ever seen.
I’ve pounded fence posts, dug post holes, stretched fence, raised a barn, built chicken tractors, and several sheds, some of which are still standing (which is a miracle, considering my complete and utter lack of construction skills when I built them).
I’ve planted fruit trees, nut trees, grapevines, blackberries, kiwis and a few farm animals over the years which have gone to meet their Maker.
I’ve plowed fields, and after having done so, planted just about every vegetable from Asparagus to Zucchini. I’ve tried raised beds, flat beds, sunken beds, bunk beds and futons. I’ve saved seed from all sorts of heirloom vegetables, and I’ve sucessfully propagated my own grapevines, blackberries and fig trees. It’s easy. You can do it too, and can save yourself tons of money over buying grape and berry plants from a nursery.
Supplementing all this (as additional sources of protein ) I have a pond full of catfish, and several hives full of bees.
If you are interested in going off-grid, I’ll show you the stationary solar / wind power system I built, as well as a mobile power station.
For me, homesteading and preparing for emergencies go hand in hand. For many years I have been involved in preparedness, so a lot of this blog will be centered around helping you gain the level of personal preparedness that you are comfortable with.
So… what can I bring to the table? Well, what I am really interested in, is helping YOU bring something to YOUR table. And perhaps, help you and your family live a better, more rewarding life on YOUR homestead. And, if you haven’t located the land of your dreams yet, maybe I can give you some tips to help you find your own piece of heaven.
Hopefully, I can relate some of the things I have done right, but more importantly; I can relate what I did wrong. An old adage says “we learn from our mistakes”. While that is very true, it’s also true that mistakes can be costly. I learned years ago that it is much better for me to learn from someone else’s mistakes. That way it doesn’t cost ME anything.
So, in many aspects of farm living, I’ve already made the mistakes. I’ve taken the hit. I’ve wasted the money (more that I care to say, and more than I will ever admit to my wife). Maybe I can help you keep from making some of the same mistakes that I’ve made. And perhaps, just perhaps, I can help you start a new homestead, no matter how large or small, or maybe help you to improve the homestead you’ve already started.
I also hope to do reviews of products that I believe could help you in your endeavors.
Keep reading. Who knows where we can go from here.
Look at me! I’m Blogging!!!