I should have my knuckles rapped with a wooden ruler for neglecting the blog for a month. I hadn’t intended to go AWOL, truly I hadn’t. Life got in the way. As it does for all us bloggers from time to time. For the time being, in fact, for an indefinate period, I am going to try to not blog personal posts. Not only because I am feeling some sensitivity about my personal life, but because I really don’t want to dwell on certain aspects of said personal life, any more than is necessary.
My diversionary coping strategy…in other words, how to avoid coping with pain and loss by not thinking about it (as far as one s able to)….has seen me spending much of this month researching self-sufficiency topics and how i might implement self-sufficiency ways and means in my own life. In large part this is because of necessity ie; our ever diminishing financial situation, but a sizeable part of my interest is just about my enjoyment in making things myself rather than buying something made by someone else.
To that end, a couple of things of the top of my head, that i have ventured into…
- I am teaching myself to make both cold processed soap and hot processed soap. I have made bars of each and hope to do posts on both methods. Eventually I would like to go on to making my own shampoos and conditioners etc. I will write more about my soapy adventures as i develop skills in those areas. Right now skills = a little above zero. But hopefully that will improve.
- I received 2 rather brilliant presents for Christmas. 1) A pressure canner. 2) A dehydrator. I have been having a wonderful time using both products, the latter more so at present. I am thrilled to bits.
- I am teaching myself to crochet and I am really enjoying it. I can’t knit a stitch but i can just about handle what to do with a single crochet hook. Goodness knows what i am making….i think it will be a blanket eventually. I’m just about half way through my 3rd crochet square. I can’t do owt fancy and the tension is all wrong i’m sure, but i’m enjoying it and i think that is all that matters.
- I’m intending to use my patio to grow veggies this year and will document the process on the blog. Hopefully i will grow enough veg so that i can ‘can’ some veggies using my pressure canner.
Just before i sign off, I just want to say a huge “!!!thanks!!!” to those of you who have emailed, commented etc. I understand my abscence may have caused some concern. To be honest, not wanting to get into things here, but things have been really tough. What’s new eh? Anyway. I’ll be back soon with another post, i hope, so until then, big hugs x