As most of you know I have been through a lot of changes in the last 4 years. I have been recreating myself and exploring the possibilities: Could I own my own home as a single person? Yup. Could I create pasture and afford to keep my two horses and the cow? Well, I could turn 9 acres of forest to pasture and I could work hard enough to keep the animals--but it wasn't much fun and I wasn't much fun either. Not sustainable. I sold the cow. Still working harder than I liked. So last year I tried giving up the weekend work, I sold one of two horses and brought in two boarders. We had a cold and snowy winter. I hurt my back twice. Chipping manure from the frozen ground every day was not sustainable for me and I am not investing in the machinery to do the work. I don't find the the pleasure I get from riding is worth the work--especially when the snow comes twice a week and involves 4 hours of snow blowing and a at least 2 more shoveling.
My interests are in spending less money, working less hard, playing lots more, and traveling. So 2015 will see more vegetables growing, the horses all move out as the spring sun starts the pasture grasses growing, a beef critter move in followed by several pigs, maybe a sheep, perhaps a dozen broiler chickens along side the laying hens--all of which (except 3 of the laying hens) will be sold and or become our food (and the dogs food) before snow falls leaving us free to play all winter like happy"gentleman farmers" should!