Monday, January 31, 2011

February List for "Anyway" Project

Domestic Infrastructure - these are the realities of home life, including making your home work better with less, getting organized, dealing with domestic life, etc...

  • start planning the garden (ordering seeds, etc)
  • convert toilet to low-flush mechanism

Household Economy: Financial goals, making ends meet, saving, barter etc...

  • selling off a Les Paul guitar that hubby doesn't use much (ad posted)
  • eating down the stores through February to reduce outside purchases (challenge)

Resource Consumption : in which we use less of stuff, and strive to live in a way that has an actual future.

  • thermal pot cooking
  • walking for shopping and volunteer work (use car as little as possible)

Cottage Industry and Subsistence:: The things we do that prevent us from needing to buy things, and the things we produce that go out into the world and provide for others. Not everyone will do both, but it is worth encouraging.

  • "put up" granola for the summer
  • make hot sauce from canned and stored food on hand
  • start making custom-sized socks
  • starting next year's Christmas presents by using up my re-discovered yarn stash with a new knitting book I got

Family and Community: Pretty much what it sounds like. How do we enable those to take the place of collapsing infrastructure?

  • co-learning with a celiac neighbor how to make polenta (an economical gluten-free "fast food"!)
  • began planning to build an outdoor oven with neighbors

Outside Work: Finding a balance, doing good work, serving the larger community as much as we can, within our need to make a living.

  • volunteer work with Peterborough Greenup's Urban Forest project (GIS mapping and data analysis)

Time and Happiness: Those things without which there's really no point.

  • Nordic walking to enjoy whatever sunshine we have this month and get fresh air
  • fiction reading (second-hand or borrowed books)
  • continue with art journal

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