I think my goals, and my focus, for 2012 have to be mainly about getting ready for the move to the country house in 2013. For one thing, it may actually end up happening sooner than that, and for another, there is so very much that needs to be done between now and then.
1. We must get the water fixed in the country house. It is an inconvenience now, but it will be a disaster if not addressed well before the move. We also need to box up the knickknacks, get rid of most of the furniture and clothes, etc., fix the clothesline, and clear out the storage building....there are so many things we can do now to get the house ready.
2. We must have fenced in areas for the dogs.. This will be complicated by the feud between the two girls requiring that they be separated at all times. It took the loss of the usefulness of my right index finger to make that point crystal clear. They cannot be together, ever.
3. Choose and prepare the main garden area. I think it would be beneficial to test the soil, then spend some time building it up until I can actually garden there.
4. Get serious about livestock. This will require fencing pastures, building a barn, acquiring a trailer and a truck to pull it with, and finding a vet and a farrier.
5. Build a chicken coop and run. Oh, I can't wait to have my own hens. And guineas!
6. I need to learn how to operate the tractor. I secretly (or not, now) look forward to this part more than any other. Whee!
7. We need to make a big effort to get our suburban house ready to go on the market. Getting the roof fixed and repairing the rain damage will be the first step. Maybe putting in a floor would be a good idea, too? Then we can worry about the yard and paint and details.
A lot of other things will have to slide this year so that I can focus on these things. I will still have a small garden in my suburban front yard, but I won't try to replicate my mistake last year of having a huge garden 3 hours from home. That just didn't work. I will continue to can, and cook from scratch, and improve my skills with sourdough and I will make some sauerkraut (in the fancy German crock I got for Christmas!) but I have to get more organized about it so it takes lees of my time. I spend almost all of my time at work or in my kitchen. I never seem to get anything else done.
Purge, purge, purge. Cull that clutter. There is so much that just has to go. Yard sale, Craigslist, Freecycle, Goodwill here I come!
What am I not thinking of that needs to be looked at or dealt with at this point?