Sunday, November 02, 2008

Preparedness: but for what?

Over supper we talked about expanding garden again. If we do, we could take in another 10 feet by 8 feet. What would we (I) plant there?
I'm talking about adding asparagus to the garden, but the area may not be wet enough. I'll look into it. Peas will do better if I place them better. Beans, well, if I get the right seeds, we'll be in luck. I picked up herb seeds already; hope they last through the winter! I have a new planter that will hang on the deck so the fresh herbs are easily accessible for cooking.
Then there's my desire for a rain barrel and a second compost bin...

But why? That's the question. There's an election coming up in two days, a Packer game today, and Major Test Season starts in school on Tuesday, too. I don't need to deal with the garden until spring. Well....

The outcome of the election will have a huge impact on our economy. Before the new president even takes office, I predict wild fluctuations on Wall Street and major losses in retirement accounts. No, it's not what I want, but what I want doesn't matter. Reality is what matters.

If the economy goes (ever farther) in the dunk tank, my job will become harder and my salary will lag. We in the public sector sometimes enjoy job security; not this time. Our salaries, our workloads, and our benefits are all up for negotiation in times like these. Producing a little more of our own food, improving our diet, and saving a few bucks are all important.
The county has already cut garbage pickup to small businesses. Small companies who used to get garbage and recycling picked up by the local govt. now have to contract privately for this service. When will our residential pickup be cut back? Compost cuts back significantly on the amount of garbage we put on the curb. If service gets cut to biweekly or if we need to pay extra for it, the additional compost bin might pay for itself, not to mention provide me with material for many blog posts.

Our local water treatment plant has expensive repairs due, all out of warranty. This will cost big $$$ that will be reflected in our quarterly water bills and our annual property taxes. a rain barrel (or two!) will cut back on our use of water for the garden and lawn, and contribute to keeping that bill down.

Facing reality isn't necessarily a bad thing. Planning ahead to make the garden a significant factor in our lives, not just a fun hobby, could be a very good move.

Oh, yes. I mentioned the Packer game today. There's always a Packer connection. I'm not making my own cheese, but I do grow Packer Beans. :) Aaron Rodgers, get out there and earn that new contract extension!!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Yay for change on the 4th, gardens & Aaron Rodgers!

11/02/2008 12:54 PM  
Blogger Minnesota Matron said...

Hello Daisy - Sure, use NaBloPoMoPhoBia to your heart's content!! And this is a good post. My short story class just read The Burning House by Annie Beattie and decided that the moral of the story was: there are some things you can't prepare for because you can't envision them happening until they do. Make sense? But I think we can see this one coming. . . .

11/02/2008 4:06 PM  

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