Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Smell of Spring.

Melancholy strikes.

     It is time to start some of the vegetables we like to grow.  The garlic, planted in the beds last fall, is starting to come up.  Some seeds I scattered in the fall are also making an appearance.  Flower bulbs we planted around the yard are coming up.  It's a lovely spring day in my yard, and I'd like to get started out there, but there really isn't a point, so I'm in here typing instead.  We haven't found a new place to live yet, and don't know if we'll be able to garden where we end up living, so starting plants seems pointless. 

     The Fundly campaign is up to a hundred bucks, but only because I supplemented it with money from my income tax return.  My mom, who was supposed to be sharing the campaign with family members, has let me down yet again.  I got a "not interested" letter from the job I most wanted... but I do have yet to hear back from several more.

     Horus and I went camping last Friday, the day before a winter storm came to the area.  It was cold, but good, and I left feeling a little freer, but also envying the job of the park caretaker.  I have two goals, really: One is to have a homestead and be self-sufficient as possible, and the other is to have a year-round job in a park.  These are not necessarily incompatible, especially with other people to help me accomplish the first.  As for the second, all of the jobs I've been applying for would get me more solid experience with which to land a job like that.

     I'm trying to make a better life, really I am.

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Of course, I have a few pictures from camping to share with you. 


Firelight.


Friday night, we walked around and took pictures by flashlight.


This was probably my favorite.


Breakfast Saturday morning.  There was a bit of snow mixed in the rain, but I managed to roast some pasilla peppers to go with the rest of our meal.


One of the trails down to the Dungeness Spit area.


From the bottom of the trail, and the very beginning of the spit.


Stack of rocks.  Horus contributed the top rock.


Starfish.  Also, there were lots of cool rocks on the spit.  Several types that we're not used to seeing, and lots with interesting colors.


View through a driftwood log.


A bench we saw on the way back up.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

And so it begins.

     I did in fact start a crowdfunding campaign.  I went with Fundly, as the terms are a little more flexible, and the general atmosphere is a little more aligned with our purpose and goals.  https://fundly.com/three-humans-seek-to-start-a-community-minded-homestead-small-farm

     We honestly need to add more content to the campaign.  Outline several ideas more in-depth, make a video because a lot of people connect with a video better than static pictures... I honestly didn't intend to publish the campaign until I had at least some of that done, but... oh well.  It's been a few days, and a lot of our friends shared the campaign, but the total is still zero dollars.  That's alright, we have some time, and I haven't really promoted it to anyone other than my friends... most of whom are also relatively low-income.

     It's exciting, though, thinking about the possibilities in the future.  I did find out that my credit union handles USDA Rural Development loans, which is one of the ways I thought it might be possible to finance the majority of the cost of land.  Even though I don't make much, the pieces of land we're perusing don't cost a whole lot, either.  There are several good options under $40,000 and even some under 20k, though the majority of those are smaller than we'd ideally like.  One way or another, this will happen.  The size of the operation will, however, depend greatly on how much help we can get and how large a loan we can swing.

     I'm seeking a second job for the spring and summer months... it will be kind of brutal, but I need to be able to put money away, and I am trying to expand my work experience.  Most of the jobs I'm applying for are County Parks jobs, and being hired by a county will look good on my future applications.  There is one in particular I'm really hoping to get, but it hasn't been a week since the closing date, so we shall see.

     I need to go write more on Fundly.  I have a feeling that is going to be taking up the majority of my writing time for a while.