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Onion Update

Just a quick update on our container onions. Shown below are the onions planted in a plastic container along with some of our onions from our 2013 harvest. This year our large onions are not rotting in our cellar, likely due to the cooler weather he have had all winter. This has never happened before, but it is nice so we will probably have onions until late spring.

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My Winter Onions

The onion that I planted a short while ago rotted in the container. So I took two more that had not sprouted yet and put them in. This is what happened. Hopefully they won’t rot:

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Homesteading Psychology – Being Happy

After reading many blog posts about being frugal, saving money, being happy, how to find your purpose in life (thank you James Altucher), I decided to make a post.

I am happy.  I do not own a cell phone. I do not make a lot of money. I do not live in a big city. I do not have a lot of “things”. My truck is a hand-me-down and works when I need it.

Things do not make us happy. It is our attitudes about “things” that make us happy or miserable.

I have always known that I cannot keep up to the “Jones” as “they” say. I just can’t. I only feel good when I am working for myself at something that I love doing no matter how much I make. When I don’t do this, I become unhappy. Then I get sick.

My husband was born right after WWII. His family was REALLY poor. But he remembers being happy. Happiness is an inside job. And after many years of self help because of trying to find out my life’s purpose, I just let go and let it happen.

Allow what is trying to work its way into your life. Trying too hard, especially if you are not doing what you really want to be doing, will result in stress and unhappiness. Oh, and most if not all of this will get easier to do after 40.

And if you are so kind as to make a comment here, please be nice.

Here are some of the things that I do to make me happy:

Live More Simply – with dogs

There is no doubt about it – living simply and buying less helps protect our world. But at the same time, if we buy less stuff, someone out there, makes less money. Unfortunately, this has to be.

One of the things we do to buy less is to make stuff. That includes things for our dogs. We don’t buy dog cookies, we make them.

I have found that if I MAKE more things for myself, I NEED less money, so I can work less for others and do what feel right to me.

This brings us back to dog cookies.

When you make your own dog cookies (or your own food), you know what goes into them. Don’t get sucked into the “gotta save time” thing so you go to the store and get some quick. The recipe below is tried and true method. If your dog won’t eat them, he probably is eating too much to begin with.IMG_4947

Recipe:

Water from boiled meat

Whole Wheat Flour

Roll out thin and cut into desired sizes/shapes.

Bake at 350F until they are the color you like. Crispy is best.

That’s it.