I’m not one for resolutions really, but I am goal oriented so usually as the year begins I try to set up some goals for my year.
This year I want to read more of the “classic” books of literature. I was talking to someone at work recently and I realized that I haven’t read many, if any, of the classic works of literature. For example, I was reading this list of top 100 novels of all time and while I have read a few of the works, I haven’t read enough for my liking. I think I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird and the Lord of the Flies when I was a kid. I’ve read Memoirs of a Geisha (much better than the movie) and possibly Huck Finn, and I’m reading The Hobbit and Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street right now, but that’s it from this list of 100 top novels. I think that’s a little sad. I’ve got Robinson Crusoe in the queue. Then I think I’ll pick up Atlus Shrugged, which has been on my to read list for years. Then I’ll just start picking and choosing from that list and we’ll see where I end up at the end of this year.
I’m going to expand my garden space by another 200 sq ft. Yesterday I ran out of onions, and soon potatoes will be gone. So I need to both grow more and buy more to store. I’m also going to focus on some certain items to grow enough to store just from my garden. With more careful planting and care I could have canned just tomatoes from my garden this year. Same with green beans. So if I can plant a little more of those and focus on keeping them picked I think I can exclusively store these items from what I grow. I’m hoping to do the same thing with potatoes, onions and garlic as well.
If I’m able to acquire a plot in the city garden area all bets are off on what I’ll end up being able to grow and store. There is usually a waiting list for these spots but 2K sq ft area for $30 is a very nice price.
Become even more proficient at storing more food through the winter. I think this is prett self explanatory. I’m doing very well this winter, but as you could tell above I still need to acquire more items to make it through the winter. I’ll continue learning on this one.
Get more involved locally in action to make change and educate. I’m already involved with a local eating group, and I’m getting involved with another group focused on education of environmental issues. I believe I’ll be getting more involved at church with education of environmental issues, and, time allowing I’m going to try to talk to the PTA at school about a school garden plot that we can set up and perhaps teach children about growing food. This is a big goal but it won’t require my total involvement all the time. I’d like to teach people about all the different techniques I’ve read about, how I’ve implemented them on my small plot, and how they could too. I’ve been working on a pamphlet about this, but I’m not such a good writer at re-writing things that are already somewhere else. Maybe this year it will get done.
There you have it. Those are my four main goals for this coming year. If you are interested in prognostications for what this year might hold you could read Sharon or Kunstler. Bart says he’ll have one soon also.