Here is a link to an untimely video that will remind you of just how poor you and I are:
The video gives a graphical representation of the distribution of wealth in America. I have not fact checked it because it seems legit, and because it is sickening to even think about because it puts folks on an income level such as our family is on at the level of the parasites that feed on the animals that feed on the table scraps of the rich.
After watching the video, I was reminded that in my state, I do not meet the suitability requirements to invest money through an online brokerage.
So, what to do?
Well, spring is in the air, and the growing season is upon us, and while we are not in a category that allows us to make any money in investments governed by the state, or the SEC, there are things that we can do if we hold on to the salt of the earth adages such as “a penny saved is a penny earned.”
We have medical mills to pay from the birth of our daughter back in November, so our discretionary spending is limited this year as we try to get caught up in that area. But that is not going to stop us from expanding on what we have got.
This month I have started to build a little workshop in the garage with a bench I can work on, and keep all the tools, and with a miter saw and table saw so I can cut wood and build more things. This is the first time since moving from England a little over two years ago that I have been able to really get things together in the form of a workshop! It’s not much at the moment, but it is like a seed as everything else will grow from here. Whatever I can build, I will, because of that penny saved, penny earned theory!
The plans for the workshop so far are to build a chicken coop, expand the workshop, and furnish the pantry with shelves galore! Day to day repairs and maintenance will save money on replacement costs. We have fencing to get together too! We also have serious storage issues in the house that need bespoke shelves and cabinetry to sort out.
Besides saving every penny we can on maintenance, there is a garden to put in, and animals to care for. We intend to expand our chicken flock this year, and add cows and maybe even a sheep or two to our menagerie.
So far, for the garden, I have collected a dozen bushes which will produce blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and grapes, and 10 trees to produce apples and peaches. These starters need homes that will keep them productive, and will keep them out of the regular workflow. We intend to put the orchard into the back of the half acre pasture to the west of the house, and the bushes in the garden at the house. Also, we don’t have a greenhouse, but after spring break I want to have the front porch cleaned out and ready to start some plants for the garden. The front porch is enclosed in glass, and faces south, so it will suit as a greenhouse for the time being!
The truth is that we are still settling in here in Idaho, and getting the house to a point where it is easy to clean and care for. Missus Peasant has got a job with a company now that requires her to travel about once a month. So far it has been Arkansas and Canada, and next month she is off to Mexico City. Each time she travels, I have the home duties all to myself, and have the kids to care for, as well as my grandparents. Between farm, family, home, and getting missus back and forth to the airport, I have full hands.
In addition to all this, I have been putting spare monies into LED lighting at every chance in order to cut the cost of lighting our house in the future. LED is still expensive, so I have half of the upstairs done so far! I am starting by picking the lights that tend to get used the most, such as in the landing, where it is dark, and the light is required throughout the day!
My four year old daughter just came out of her room, signifying the start of my day here at The Peasant’s Manor Farm.
The Prospering Peasant