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New Year Goals, à la Little Sis

2012 January 18

I am also not a big New Year resolution person. I can’t even remember the last time I wrote out resolutions. Maybe never?

This year, though, I am feeling different. 2011 was a year of big changes for me, changes that have set me up to feel more solid than I have for, oh, 10 years? Since before college for sure. Going into 2012, my job, my living situation, and my partner are all stable. And that makes me feel optimistic about taking on projects and actually finishing them.

Also, it will be the Year of the Dragon, and everyone knows dragons are awesome.


Here’s what I’ve got in mind for the year to come:

1) Finish up old projects. I have 9/10 of a basket sitting around the house, that I started over two years ago. Time to put that sucker to sleep! Also on the list of old projects: finishing fingerless gloves knit in yarn I bought over 4 years ago, painting the book shelves, and printing and organizing photos.

almost finished basket

2) Plant an easy garden and tend it. Two years ago, I planted late and the only success was Blue Lake green beans. Last year I got distracted halfway through the year, and the only success was kale. This year, I’m planting – you guessed it – green beans and kale, and maybe one or two other veggies. Anyone had success with mustard greens? Does zucchini grow well in fog?

green bean and dirty fingers

3) Turn last year’s new projects into habits. I loved making beer last year, and am looking forward to making more. If I can make four batches next year, one for each season, I’ll be happy. The sauerkraut I made rocked our worlds, and guts, and with the Harsch crock, it’s easy to make a lot at once. My goal this year is to keep the family always stocked in kraut. I estimate this means a new batch every two months. Cheesemaking is one of my favorite new projects, and I look forward to making a different type every month with Rachel’s cheesemaking challenge. So far I’ve tried ricotta and mozzarella; stay tuned for my queso blanco experience.

4) New projects! This year, I’ll take on something I’ve never tried, or only dabbled in before. Crochet, charcuterie, quilting, actually using everything I preserve… Composting in the back yard. Perhaps hunting. Or dehydrating. We shall see.

Anyone else feeling optimistic about this year’s goals?

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  1. January 18, 2012

    I’ve had success with mustard greens and if they ever go to seed they are very good at self-seeding. So beware! And, if you find yourself needing help meeting your goal of actually using everything you preserve, just send some up my way and I’ll gladly scarf it up.

  2. Dru permalink
    January 18, 2012

    Zucchini grows like a champ in this climate, allegedly. Personally, I’ve never tried it because we lack an actual garden; from what I hear, our smallish pots will not be enough to contain a Zucchini plant’s splendor.

    • Alice permalink*
      January 19, 2012

      I bet you could grow zucchini in a big pot. I don’t remember, do you have a patio? We should get together soon and do a beer swap – our celebration ale is all finished!

  3. Tina permalink
    February 16, 2012

    Zucchini (and yellow squash) grows like crazy in our garden. We’ve planted every year and it keeps us stocked all summer. Just make sure to water in the morning – to keep away the powdery mildew.

    Going to want onions? I put in 50 starts a couple months ago and they’re looking really good so far.

    • Alice permalink*
      February 19, 2012

      I would love some onions. Let’s arrange a handover and meetup soon.

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