This lifestyle involves learning a lot of new and wonderful things. It also includes a fair amount of failures. Yet, thankfully, a lot of successes as well. One can’t have one without the other.
Success story: When I started this blog almost two years ago I had posted a stock photo of shelves of canned goods. A lot of folks asked if it were my shelves of canned goods. I honestly said that there is no way that was mine, so beautiful and prolific. I can honestly say now that my current pantry shelves are every bit as beautiful and will feed us well for the winter. Work well done.
Failure: (temporary, I do hope)
We attempted to take the chill out of the old house as we were working in there the other day. We started a roaring fire which quickly dissipated and left the house a balmy 56 degrees. We need to learn how to use a wood cookstove and how to keep a fire stoked in the relatively small firebox. It needs to be able to heat the house and not need attention every five minutes. The house smells like wood smoke, rather nice, but not what it is supposed to smell like, I am sure. Time for research!