During the winter, we all look forward to summer and during the summer, we all look forward to winter. What silly humans we are. I am not particularly “wishing” it was winter, but I am looking forward to having time for non-garden related projects. Summertime is all about gardening, harvesting, pickling, canning, and preserving. It is a good thing that summer only has another month, because I am running out of steam (and canning jars!) as far as canning and preserving goes. I may have a husband to “help”, but let’s face it ladies, I am pulling the bulk of the farming weight around here. He does help weed the garden and cleans the rabbit pans for me… so I’ll give him some credit there. But the day-to-day work is solely on me.
With autumn nearing, I am coming up with some great projects to work on. I just can’t justify putting too much time into getting these things started (and finished) until the garden is finished producing. See what I have cooking:
1. Rabbit Raising and Care ebook. I have started writing an ebook all about how I care for, raise, and breed rabbits, feeding fodder, and processing; but it has been put on hold with all the canning I have been doing lately. I hope to have it finished and in the Amazon bookstore by December.
2. Build a greenhouse. I know, I know, I keep saying that, but I need to keep reminding myself that this NEEDS to be done this autumn if I want any fresh produce this winter.
3. Learn to play the fiddle. I have started on this and I can even play ‘Home On The Range’ and ‘Jingle Bells’. Hahaha… a little depressing that I have only learned two songs well, but I’m getting there. Hey! I am teaching myself for goodness sake! I foresee horrible fiddle playing by the fire this winter. 😉
4. Spin. More. Wool. I have a huge box full of angora wool from my rabbits that I have very slowly been spinning. If I had a whole weekend with nothing else to do, I could put a decent dent in it.
5. Start a wool collaborative/cooperative. I wanted to join a wool cooperative after seeing a group at the Mother Earth News Fair, but they have a barebones website with no information and do not respond to emails. All of the other cooperatives I have seen in searches online, are geared towards only one wool species. For example: sheep only, wool goats only, German angoras only, etc.
I would like to get the wool producers of all species and breeds together to promote the use of wool animals and their products in North America. This would involve a page here to begin with and hopefully grow into its own website. This group page would host listings for where to find breeders of wool animals as well as helpful information. Perhaps it can evolve to include an online store with products from participating member or whatnot. There are so many of us wooly people out there, we need to band together to promote the continuation of our wonderful animals. Thoughts? Interest?