With all of the plants started I will need to get them into the garden and that calls for more time. One of my biggest hurdles is my sour dough. I work it every 7 to 8 days, never fail when I plan to work the sour dough something happens, I need to be out of the house, it is difficult to make bread and take care of other issues. So I made the decision something has to go.
The garden is very important to me, as I have been able to reduce our grocery expenses quite a bit. The chickens and goats are like my children and I enjoy seeing them everyday for a visit. The kitchen has become my problem. We eat most of our meals on the farm and I feel I am always doing food prep. We cannot give up eating but I do feel this would be great as I would have some quiet time. So it is time to look at what is taking my time. I must preserve the food from the garden and I fell very short last summer. I felt quite pushed and could not get things together to do what was important. My goats consumed many green beans because picking, stringing and pressure canning became a mountain I just could not climb. This summer, I must can everything from the garden as we have emptied almost every jar in the pantry.
I have gone over what has become my largest issues, I must work the kefir as it necessary for me to have this as I do have stomach issues. I have come to know when I need the kefir if I skip a few days I become worthless as my body demands me to stop.. So this is a must do. I find I enjoy making bread and love being able to make sandwich buns, rolls and sliced breads, but something has to go. The bread is made and it goes into the freezer as Mr. B and I do not consume a large amount of bread. This loads my freezer with bread and the sourdough must be worked or thrown out (I feed to the chickens) every 7 to 8 days.
There comes a time when your wants and needs should be re-evaluated. I sat for a while and thought about where I am and what I need to accomplish. I gave up my flower gardens when we moved here so I could spend more time developing the vegetable garden. The vegetable garden is working and I need flowers to bring in more bees and butterflies.
Problem solved...Sourdough went into the compost pile, eggs were located and my broody girl is setting on the nest with 5 eggs. She is taking care of her eggs, last year she left the baby chicks shortly after the eggs hatched, we shall see what happens this spring. My bedding plants are growing, some have been installed in the tunnel, with more to be installed. Spring onions are being harvested and enjoyed in the kitchen, chives are being picked adding a delightful spring taste to soups and potatoes.
I realized I can make another sourdough starter when I have the time to make bread on a weekly basis. Thankful, I took the time to look at the whole picture and realize a change was necessary.
I came out to do a new update and realized I had not posted this update: Baby chicks hatched and have been left to grown up without their chicken mom. They are growing and beginning to learn how to mingle with the older girls. Garden is providing us lots of fresh produce. The girls are laying eggs. I am collecting up to 7 eggs a day. I have not made any sourdough and really have not had the time to make bread.
I, Thank You for taking the time from your busy life to read about the choices we are making on our little farm. May the last few weeks of spring bring you happiness!!!