“Wants” vs “Needs”

I have a very long commute to and from the city Monday through Friday.  I really don’t mind the drive; it gives me tons of time to listen to Podcasts.  It also gives me tons of uninterrupted time to think.  Which always causes me to freak out about all the things I want to do, have to do, need to do, and just never seem to have enough time to do.  Very frustrating.

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Today the snow came back for a visit.  It made the ugly city commute a little more easy on my eyes. This morning I found myself pondering when the warmer weather would come, and about all the things I want to do on the little farm this year.

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Lately, i’m dwelling on what types of (and how many) fruit trees to add, and what kind of bushes and vines as well…blueberries, figs, grapes… I’m also having a chicken dilemma.  Do I splurge dollars and add new breeds to the flock or do I go the frugal route, bake up my own in the incubator and be content for another season?  I love the breeds I have, but I’d like to add more Marans for the chocolate-colored eggs, and maybe something to lay green and blue eggs as well. Not really a solid reason to allocate funds to that area, right?

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I want to do way too many things.  I really want to start keeping Bees this year.  That would require taking the time to learn from someone how to do it, and then getting a couple of hives set up (more money).  I have a friend who keeps bees and would gladly teach me, but still, it would be another time commitment.

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I also have a horse or two that should find a new home.  Not because I no longer want them, but it doesn’t make financial sense to keep them.  They don’t contribute to the farm in any way, and I just don’t have time to ride them both.  And horses are way too expensive to feed and keep, just to “have them around.”

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And I most definitely have two pot belly pigs that serve no purpose what-so-ever and are NOT pets.  All they do is eat and crap.  Which makes me think of another “want.”  I want to build a smoke house this summer and hang those two pot bellies in it!  Another expense, and more time needed…

Now, what do I need?  What I really need is more fencing, a bigger barn, a larger garden, time to read and learn, time to paint my kitchen and living room…  I need my boar to do his job and prove that he can father some offspring with my gilt (girl piggy) that I can sell, and stock my freezer with.  And I really, really, really need the farm to start producing some sort of meaningful income!

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How do you decide priority over your wants and needs?  I’d love to hear some good tips. ~A

 

 

 

 

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