A Homesteader’s Bucket List
Telling the story of a life through a bucket list.
We all have stories to tell from the past, but what about the future? Today I wanted to share a story of my homesteader future, and unlike Dickens’ ghost of Christmas future, this one will be merry! Some of these don’t relate necessarily to living on a sustainable homestead, since some of my dreams take me around the world. But the joy of coming home again is part of travel, too.
I have a much longer list, most of which hasn’t been written down yet (call it a New Year’s resolution). But it includes feeling confident in the ways I choose to earn income through writing, art, baking and bartering; building a sustainable home, organic garden, and healthy lifestyle; and being content with the loved ones in my life – positive people, reciprocal relationships.
Here are the top 5 items on my bucket list:
- See a real live flying squirrel, perhaps sleeping in a nest box I’ll build for it. Envision the cuteness overload!
- Feel the security in knowing that my house will heat itself, cool itself, and not collapse in strong wind or earthquakes. Nothing is a guarantee, but earthbag homes are more resistant to forces of nature than my second-story traditionally built drafty apartment.
- Drink water without thinking about the various chemicals, pharmaceuticals and cow poop in it.
- Raise like children my carrots, peas, strawberries, blueberries, potatoes, and herbs with attentive, skilled care; unlike children, enjoy eating them and completely understanding where they’re coming from!
- Celebrate our wedding anniversary with a romantic eco-tourism trip to a wildlife viewing area.