Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city.

New Year’s Resolutions for the homestead

Come New Year’s, I always ask people what their resolutions are (even if sometimes it’s just being polite because I want to tell them about one of mine). Most people say “None, resolutions are only made to be broken,” but I disagree; that’s all-or-nothing thinking. But some people surprise me with something ambitious or unusual that they want to do that year. Last year I had a friend that I did some resolutions and goal work with and she accomplished more than she thought she would. This graphic (right) was what she found very helpful, but I prefer this version and explanation:

(From 13 Rules for Realizing Your Creative Vision)

So I have (yes, within the week limit for “banish procrastination or else throw it away”) finished my “planning” for the next four months. The quotations are because planning is deadly and wankie, so much falls by the wayside when you spend time pondering or choosing which action – just Get Started or stick it on the calendar! You’ll figure it out!

The things that affect the homestead, or are part of the greater homestead vision, are:

  • becoming a wildlife rehabilitator: take a course
  • finish my quilt (border, bagging, binding in slow progress)
  • rip up the asphalt driveway and install two cobble and field-stone wheel paths, moss, grass, native species, and narrow water barrel
  • provide homes for solitary bees; see if there is any way I can keep honey bees (I don’t have a flat roof, so this has so far been tricky)
  • the front fence that’s o/s (shorthand for outstanding) from last year – the stuff is ready to go so yes! It’ll happen!
  • Plant a tree every year: fruit tree, or swap an ornamental for a fruit tree
  • carbon neutral: own a hybrid car; go solar
  • turn the house into a real BnB or business; acquire a deposit of some kind to buy a farm or other dwelling in the country. (Or else sell it to the right people who will not mess with nature, as most city people do. Which is why I do this blog.)
  • Go to the shooting range and handle something bigger than an airgun
  • Increase my blog readership by 10 X or more.

What are your resolutions? And do you have any suggestions on things that might help mine?


  1. How’s the homestead, Jane? If you’re looking to keep honeybees, all you need is a wooden box, open on one side, fixed to a sunny fence or wall. Fill it with blocks of wood or small logs in which you have drilled small holes. Solitary bees can actually use these as nesting sites. The box does not need to be deeper than 8ins, but must have an overhang at the top to keep rain off. You’re free to do what you will with the box. You can make it as big as you want or as small as you want. As for the roof, I had it at an incline to deflect rain.

    Rolf Matchen

  2. Thank you very much for your advice, Rolf! I am embarrassed I did not notice it sooner in my Blogger interface (I didn't get a triggering email 😕 so I will look into that.

    Also your comment is very timely as my paroxysms of gardening are winding down and the seedlings have almost all made it into the ground and everything cleaned up. This means new installations, such as your recommendation, are welcome. I will soon be posting with new photos of the garden and reports on visitors. And a bee box.

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