Here we are at the beginning of the last year. Well, if the Mayans were right anyway. Or, at least the people that actually believe that the Mayans were predicting anything. Honestly, I think they were carving away and decided that sometime between when they were chip chip chipping away and the year 2012, someone would have an opportunity to go ahead and update the thing. Or that maybe, just maybe, we’d figure out another way to mark the date. That’s it! They actually foresaw that nifty touch screen gadget hanging out in your pocket!
Where was I?
Right, new year. Sorry, I do not resolve to avoid tangents.
I’m not very good at resolutions anyway. But I do have a couple of goals.
Last year, the kind folks at Emergency Seed Bank were awesome and sent me one of their boxes of seeds. I have not been very good about telling you about them. But seriously, I cannot recommend them highly enough. We had the hottest summer in recorded history. The drought was epic. And of course, we’ve had a few freezes by now and I have bright green spinach growing in a pot in the back yard. My thumbs are not green. Not by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, just yesterday, I harvested some cabbage to experiment with a recipe of my own creation (Jenchi-it’s kinda sort based on a few Kimchi recipes, but I actually pickled it.)
Hmm. If you eat ham for happiness, black-eyed peas for luck (Tried, but Fergie just wouldn’t consent to being put in the smoker), and cabbage for cash, does pickling cabbage mean something good for my savings account?
Really, the only negative thing I have to say is my problem, not theirs. I just don’t have enough land to plant everything that they sent. But that just means we will be planting different veggies this spring. Thankfully, the Emergency Seed Bank comes with instructions because I haven’t the slightest idea what I’m doing out there in the garden.
Which brings me to a goal for 2012. I am going to get closer to my food. This year, I intend to grow more of my own vegetables. I am going to learn more about canning and preserving them.
Also, I will be making my first ever hunting trip in the next few weeks. With any luck, I will be able to eat something that I have personally killed. I’m excited/nervous/anxious and very much looking forward to it.
I’ll be trying to review some more products and hopefully have some giveaways for you too. I’m currently reading Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun (Kindle Edition is here) and should have a copy for giveaway as well. I am enjoying it so far. I also received word this morning that I’ve got a CD on the way, so that should be fun.
So tell me, is there anything you’d like to see on these pages in the coming year? No promises, but I’ll take requests into consideration.