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rodeogirl's journey to being self-sufficient

Discussion in 'Member's "Self Sufficient Living" Journals' started by rodeogirl, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Nov 20, 2016
    rodeogirl

    rodeogirl Almost Self-Reliant

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    Just because I don't know where to start

    1. What state/Province/country are you in and what is your climate like?
    From Lovell, Wyoming. We have a population of about 3000 so not that small of a town. I'm is pretty much on the foot of the big horn mountains and it also a desert so in the summer it's hot and dry the times we don't get rain and when we do its not that bad. On the winter it's cold and normally we get a good amount of snow but the last 2 years have been unusually warm and dry.

    2. How many people are in your family? Marital status?
    I'm a single mother of a "helpful" little boy

    3. How would you define self sufficiency?
    Being able to support your family through the best and worst times.

    4. What would you do with your spare time if you had any resources you needed?
    Build my Self-sufficient ranch.

    5. Have you ever built a house , or other types of building? Do you want to?
    I have helped my family build a huge garage and shed. My plan is to buy land and build mu own house.

    6. Can you weld? Steel, aluminum, MiG, TiG, stick, Oxy-Acet?
    nope not at all but I want to learn.

    7. Who or what inspired you to become more self sufficient?
    I was raised to be Self-sufficient But having my sun got the ball rolling.

    8 Cloth or paper?
    cloth

    9. In what ways are you self sufficient now and in what ways would you like to learn more?
    I have my own garden for the amount of room I have. I am getting my hunters safety (yes I'm a 22 year old that grew up in Wyoming and I don't have my hunters safety) so next year I can get meat. I'm also doing my research on raising my own animals for meat.

    10. In what way(s) will you never choose to become self sufficient?
    None that I can think of

    11. Are you interested in stocking up for future needs?
    I was raised on food storage

    12. Where do you end up when you sink into yourself, away from the outside world?
    The Mountains

    13. Can you drive a farm tractor or a semi?
    No but I want to learn

    14. Do you make crafts or useful items? Would you want to teach others how to do these?
    I make a few things and I will teach anyone that asks.

    15. Can you have legally livestock where you are at? Do you have any? What kinds?
    I believe we can have chicken in town but I can't at my house.

    16. Can you operate a lathe? Metal, wood?
    Ya wood

    17. Do you like to garden? If so, what do you enjoy growing?
    I love gardening and I will grow anything I can.

    18. Do you fish? Bait or explosives?
    I love fishing but I use bait I'm pretty sure explosive is illegal here.

    19. How much space/land do you have or rent? City? Country?
    I live in town with about 20 Sq feet of yard and can only use planters.

    20. Are you a Novice, Technician, General, Advanced? ARRL?
    Nope

    21. What is your self sufficient specialty? Or what one would you like to learn?
    Don't have one and don't know at this point.

    22. If you could create a degree and curriculum, what would you major in and what classes would you take?
    I dropped out of college it was a waste of my time and money.

    23. Do you do wood work? framing, finish, cabinet?
    I can do some wood work but my step dad has his own company and douse about everything.

    24. Are you interested in herbal medicine?
    YES YES I AM.

    25. If you could live any place you chose, where would it be?
    Up north fork just outside of Yellowstone but I will never be able to afford it.

    26. Do you use a wood stove for heating or cooking?
    I don't right now but I will use it for both.

    27. What would your ideal super hero/villain be?
    No idea

    28. Are your family or friends also interested in self sufficiency?
    Yes

    29. Do you like to cook? Are you interested in whole foods and natural foods? raw milk? farm fresh eggs?
    Yes and yes

    30. What was your MOS?
    No idea.

    31. Do you forage or hunt for part of your food needs?
    I would like to.

    32. What skills do you have that help you be more self sufficient?
    I can cook make my own blankets I know how to survive up in the mountains and make shelters.

    33. In which fictional universe would you most like to live?
    I don't know I need to think about it.

    34. Do you have solar panels? Plans to use solar energy?
    Not now but maybe down the road.

    35 What is the mass/weight ratio of a European swallow carrying a coconut from the tropics to England?
    Um

    36. Have you ever lived completely off grid? Would you like to?
    I would love to but I'm dealing with child custody so I can go off grid yet

    37. In what do you trust?
    In god I trust and my guns

    38. Do you make things yourself to save money?
    Yes I do

    39. Has trying to be more self-sufficient changed your attitude or habits about money/spending
    Yep people I work with don't know how I have a savings account.
     
  2. Nov 21, 2016
    baymule

    baymule Sustainability Master

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    You are on your way. It is a series of small steps, every one is a victory!
     
  3. Nov 21, 2016
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    You're off to a good start! Baby steps, keep your eye on the gaol, prepare, prepare, prepare, you'll get far.
     
  4. Nov 22, 2016
    rodeogirl

    rodeogirl Almost Self-Reliant

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    So I have about 3 lbs of sage 2 lbs mint A lb of time, oregano, lemon balm, marjoram drying in my house. Needles to say my house smells awesome.
     
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  5. Nov 22, 2016
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Oh wow, I can imagine!
     
  6. Nov 22, 2016
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    I bet it does!
     
  7. Nov 25, 2016
    rodeogirl

    rodeogirl Almost Self-Reliant

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    All my herbs are finally dry. Now it's time to get them in containers for storage. And I get to clean my house oh joy.
     
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  8. Nov 25, 2016
    rodeogirl

    rodeogirl Almost Self-Reliant

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    okay the weights one herbs are in lemon balm about 2 oz, Oregano 2 oz, Time 3 oz, chocolate mint 4 oz, Kentucky Colonel mint 5 oz. I still have to weigh my marjoram and Sage
     
  9. Nov 25, 2016
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    That is not bad! If you don't mind me asking, are you drying this for selling, or use at home for teas etc, or both?
     
  10. Nov 25, 2016
    Hinotori

    Hinotori Super Self-Sufficient

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    Isn't amazing how much weight they lose when dry?

    If you use herbs like me, you'll have enough there to last you until you have fresh again.
     

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