I’m way behind on my plans for the new year. I usually have my game plan in place by October, but 2018 has not been kind. It’s nearly over though, so it’s time to pick myself up and start again.
The Blog: I’ve been struggling with this all year. My original plan was to go back to Blogger, but my web site host won’t let me out of my contract without charging a fee. As a good friend observed, they’re literally holding my data hostage.
Rather than fight it, I’ll stay with them until the end of 2019. Hopefully, I’ll be able to transfer my posts to Blogger without Google thinking I stole them. We’ll see how that turns out.
I love WordPress, but I think it’s for bigger bloggers with technical staff, or people who don’t mind headaches.
My Menu posts will not be back. I liked doing them, but they didn’t generate a lot of traffic or comments so maybe it was only useful for me.
At this point, I’ll only post Mondays and Wednesdays.
Oh, and one new thing. I’ve joined up with other homestead bloggers for the month of January so I’ll be posting about life on the homestead all next month.
The Homestead: We are definitely downsizing for 2019. It should’ve happened in 2018, but I was too tired to think ahead. So much happened all at once that I had to put off decisions that should’ve been made. Mea culpa.
I’m very happy with HALF the chickens I bought this year. I’ll tell you more about that in a proper homestead post.
I’m not so happy with all the new predators in the area. It’s getting uncomfortably scary out there. I try not to go out in the dark anymore unless I have my bodyguard with me.
Many of our projects got put on hold because of all our extra expenses this year. Let’s hope it’s a little less disruptive next year.
Money: Ah, the biggie. We got slammed. Hard. We’re going to put extra effort to tighten our belts so we can recoup our losses from 2018. I can’t remember the last time we had such a harsh year. These things happen though. You can’t take it personally, but you still gotta take it. 🙂
For 2019, we’re going to start keeping all our receipts to see where the money is going. I do this every few years anyway, and this seems like a good time to get some perspective. Greg created this nice spreadsheet on Excel so I can track expenses. It makes it easier to see in a snapshot where the money is going.
Come January, we’ll also do a No Spend Month. (Maybe two months.) We need to rebuild our cushion. I don’t like drawing from our savings.
If you’d be interested in joining me in a No-Spend Month, let’s do it. The more the merrier.
Humans: Greg REALLY needs to get his knee replaced. I just need him to commit. If anybody out there has had knee replacement, I’d love to hear about your experience. I think there comes a point where you have to do it. There’s no quality of life otherwise.
I think I did something to my shoulder. It aches all the time and I can’t lift that arm without pain. I’m hoping it’s just a pulled tendon and not something more serious. One surgery at a time, please. We both can’t be down at the same time.
The pets: I can’t say dogs anymore, can I? I truly hope this is the end of pet drama for a while. Poor Iko has gone through so many surgeries. (He had his fourth surgery last Wednesday.) Nana has had her share too.
Jammy, the luckiest cat in the world (yes, he’s been rechristened) only had his manhood removed. Thankfully, he recovered right away and has turned into a real snuggle cat.
Although 2018 beat us up, we survived.
The hemorrhaging of funds has trickled to minor seepage. The weather here is nice for December. I think the rest of the country has snow, but we remain in the 60s, which when you run a farm, makes feeding and cleaning so much easier.
Greg still has his bum knee and I have my ouchy shoulder, but all in all, trouble has sputtered to a grumbling stall. Our gratitude is beyond measure for our beloved vet who did a masterwork of engineering suturing a very stubborn rottie. Her empathy and dedication humbles me.
In short, I’m thankful for everything. Things could’ve gone worse.
Join me in January while we go on a No-Spend Month and I participate in a Self-Reliance Challenge with like-minded bloggers. If you’ve any interest in self reliance or homesteading, you’ll want to catch up with all these bloggers. We’ve been around the homestead a time or two. 🙂
What’s on your horizon for 2019? Have you ever done a No-Spend Month? It’s a great way to purge the spending demons.