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Today, We talk about how I make decisions on what to do, and what to leave  – and why this is an important place to make purposeful decisions.

It only takes 60 seconds to unload the dishwasher so why not just go for it if the dishes are in there. Even if you are running late those 60 seconds are not the reason. Featured Event: Earlybird Tickets are Up for the Self Reliance Festival, April 6-7

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Livestream Schedule

Monday, 2PM: Should I Do It?

Tuesday 12:30 PM: Tuesday Live With John Willis and Matthew Sercely, AgoristTaxAdvice.com

Wednesday, 2PM: Interview with Brian from The Lots Project on Amazon Influencer Program

Friday, 9:30 AM: Homestead Happenings with The Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Last 3 Days of the Pantry Challenge and Tonight’s Dinner is the Problem – We are almost out of fresh greens (Thank goodness for the AP) and it is choir night so Taco Salad
  • There was some flooding in the Prepper Pantry but nothing was hurt – best to keep things off the floor in there FWIW
  • Mason Jar Storage Challenges
  • Use up vs fill up – not using as many jars of canned things as usual – I think we have just really moved more into a meat based diet
  • Canned Meats This Week

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Sorry for the hiatus. We were stuck behind 8″ of snow last week and did not get out, but we returned to our usual routine this Saturday, plus a second trip today.

Dollar Tree was first on Saturday. The drink coolers were in very bad shape, with maybe one of them fairly full, but the others empty or nearly so. There were plenty of drinks on the shelves though, so I’ll chalk it up to laziness. I stopped in here again on Sunday, and perhaps one of the empty ones had been refilled, but not the others; slackers.

Home Depot was second on both days. A 2x4x8 remains at $3.25. We forgot it on Saturday, so I returned for a snow shovel today, but they just don’t stock them. I did grab one of the few remaining bags of ice melt. I will order a snow shovel; rare or not, when needed, it’s needed.

Aldi was third on both days. They had no Masa in stock, which Sonia uses a lot (including for the birds, who love it). I asked someone today, and she said it’s a core item and should be on the next truck. We found everything else we wanted. Staple prices were: eggs: $1.66; whole milk: $2.93; heavy cream: $4.69; OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.69; bacon: $4.25*; potatoes: $3.99; sugar: $3.09; flour: $2.29; 80% lean ground beef: $4.49. Although the price of bacon had not changed, there was none of the low-sodium variety, and they added a couple boxes of the cheap stuff, which was priced at $3.99. We just got regular bacon.

Finally, I stopped for gas. A gallon of untainted regular at this particular Weigel’s had dropped to $3.639.

Frugality Tip from Jed Froggy

During covid, all Ball products were hard for me to find, especially pickle crisp. Upon researching and realizing that it is just hydrated calcium chloride, I found some in stock at a home brewing supply. That supply line is obviously more robust, the container is larger, and the larger container was actually cheaper. Pickle Crisp is just pearled CaCl2 and this looks exactly the same. Despite Pickle Crisp becoming available, I have continued to shop at the brewer instead. While you’re in there, price check other food grade chemicals, and ask if you can leave your name as someone that wants waste mash.

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Main topic of the Show: Should I do it?

I was up at 5 today and sat with my coffee for an hour working on the My3Things sales copy before taking the dogs for a walk, doing a 30 minute set on housekeeping, and evaluating My3Things for the day.

Along the way, I glanced over at my sink and saw last night’s dishes drying  – well really – DRY in the put away rack. I frowned at the dishwasher a few times. It was full of clean dishes.

We often spend time putting off doing things, worrying about doing things, and talking about doing things while not doing them – only to discover that they take less time to do that it was worth worrying over.

It only takes 60 seconds to unload the dishwasher so why not just go for it if the dishes are in there. Even if you are running late those 60 seconds are not the reason. And usually that extra minute will not hurt you any more than running late has already hurt you.

On the flip side, if you do fifteen 1-minute tasks instead if heading out to your appointments, then doing those things is, in fact the problem.

I often say, spending fifteen minutes in the morning deciding what is for dinner and making sure you have what you need to make that happen on time is the difference between a nourishing, home cooked meal and either eating at 9pm or getting takeout. Especially if you are lucky enough to practice homegrown cooking.

So when and how, then do you decide to do something, versus put it off for another time

The Underlying Problem: More to do than hours in the day.

>Ask why

>But why

  • Haven’t decided what is most important

Ah, now we are getting somewhere. To decide what is important, you must decide what is not important. Or said another way: If everything is important, nothing is.

Goal at home: Home that empowers me AND nourishing, home-cooked food that we grow.

Must haves

  • Systems that make it so I can find things and meals happen on time
  • Space for hyperfocus mode, my income earning endeavors, fun
  • Animals are cared for
  • We keep up with our food growing projects
  • Proper supplies, few household backlogs like Laundry Mountain
  • Not too much visual clutter
  • Food on time, most of the time, from here

Not important

  • Museum clean
  • “Going out”
  • Common entertainment like movies, etc
  • Pointless hobbies
  • Everything the same each day
  • Decore (Useful versus pretty)

That being said, a non-healthy environment does not meet my needs.

Question: When should I do it? Comes to mind.

Back to the dishwasher – mine did not get emptied until lunch time – why? Because to have clean clothing, I needed to do laundry. To have healthy food tonight – a tough night for it – I had to have my plan and supplies ready to go. To make my 8am call, I needed to do the most important things first to get the outcomes I wanted and there were only 30 minutes for household stuff after I did my book session and walked the dogs.

Laundry takes time to get done, but little interaction, so I knew I could start it, then be on that call.

Dinner has to happen at 5pm (1 hour early), so I made sure we had everything in place for taco salad night, which includes harvesting swiss chard that gets built into my day.

And Monday is pretty important here in the morning. Monday is when the discussion of who is doing what on which day happens, so we knocked that out.

By the time that was all done, there was not a minute left before my first call, so I took it, then hyperfocused on work until it was time to cook lunch – and only then was there space for the 1 minute dishwasher unload.

People often say women can multitask, but this is not how I work. I rapidly task – I fill the breaks with small things, like unloading the dishwasher, while I wait for other things that are not ready for the next input. Example: While waiting for onions to caramelize, I, in fact, finally unloaded the dishwasher. It takes 4 minutes to caramelize onions, so the dishwasher is the perfect thing to add into that tiny space.

And it is these spaces that make the difference between keeping up, and ending up way behind. Filling the empty spaces in your day makes a huge difference.

I know it sounds like a bit of torture, this filling of spaces but think about what it can give you:

  • Less to do at the end of the day
  • More forward momentum on important projects
  • A healthier outlook because when you fill tiny spaces, you make big ones for rest, rejuvenation

Now I know you expected me to dive into why you should ALWAYS do it as part of today’s show but that is not the point. Quite the opposite.

I was thinking today how these little domestic “tweener” projects are foundational to the functioning of the Holler Homestead. And this goes beyond the homestead.

In your “work mode” you also have important little maintenance things that must be done. We sit around waiting that ten minutes from calendar reminder to appointment, afraid we will miss it, when we could be sending a single email to someone, or paying bills, or sweeping the roasting shack.

But in my house, I manage to fit the 60 seconds it takes to unload the dishwasher during the 4 minutes it takes to caramelize onions

Why? Because I can tell at a glance that the onions need stirring so I know I will be successful at getting both done.

But that call? Ah the call is a different things altogether. If I wander off to do the 5 minute sweeping of the shack while waiting for the specific call time, I may not make that call. And there is a simple fix: A second notification.

Setting the calendar for the 10 minute warning AND a your need to start now alarm makes that space usable again.

It is a simple fix. It works. And it gives you back ten lost minutes to add to your afternoon focus session – a powerful gift.

So in answer to should I do it? I don’t know. It depends on you choosing actual, big picture priorities like I talk about in my book, My3Things. It depends on what you have set up to make yourself get the most important things TO YOU or FOR YOUR PROJECT done.

Asking the question is the first step – building purpose into your answer is the answer.

Here’s to a sink full of clean, drying dishes and a dinner that cooked itself while I ate lunch my friends.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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There are few delights more complete than homemade bread. You feel it get silky as you knead. You take delight in the magic of little yeasties turning a lump of dough into a taut risen bubble ready to shape into loaves. You enjoy its yeasty odors, different while rising than while baking. At last, four hours later, you wait for a pat of butter to melt before crunching through crispy crust into the melting insides fresh-baked bread.

The first few times a person does anything are daunting, right? With bread, you’ll soon find an easy rhythm to weave among other activities during an at-home afternoon.

Today’s recipe aims to de-mystify the process of baking bread so you can join the legion of “I made it” bread mavens. Before long, you’ll create your own mixes, shapes, and tastes in home-baked bread. Read more

 

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Join us at 9:30m Central for a live discussion of managing the homestead alone, mud season, life without the grocery store, seed starting and more.

Featured Event: Sequatchie School Trapping Class, $125

Date: February 24, 2024

Location: Spencer, TN

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Careful what you pray for – Snow turns to rain turns to mud city

Update on the truck key situation

Freezer Probe Problems – 

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Forage

  • AP update: Plants lived and it did not freeze with a stock tank heater so we have watercress and swiss chard
  • Brussels sprouts is still alive
  • Rosemary is still alive
  • Good time to trim the fodder trees

Livestock

  • Rabbit poop problem
  • Coop Cleanout Problem
  • Miles keeps getting out – wherever there is no electric fence – floppy fence problem
  • Need hay
  • Know your animals
  • No eggs – cold 

Grow

  • Time to start brassicas, peppers, lettuce
  • Round 1 of pea seeding
  • Indoor peppers are still alive
  • Longevity spinach 

Homestead Meals

  • Hamburger pizza
  • Eating while NIcole is Away – an update

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Mini Split Installation
  • 3 Seats left for the LFTN Spring Workshop

Infrastructure

  • Operation eyesore next 2 weeks
  • Overall freeze resilience feedback

Finances

  • No trips to the store yet
  • Firewood vs electricity for heat

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

 

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Today I talk about building your brand, remaining positive, the Ruckus and more with Bear Independent and John Willis.

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Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

 

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Everything that has gone well for me in building a business has started with the first step: deciding to take the risk. Today we will talk about that as well as our usual Monday segments.

Featured Event: BEE KEEPING BASICS

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

10 AM – 12:30 PM

THE WAR ROOM

3519 BLUE SPRINGS ROAD

STRAWBERRY PLAINS, TN 37871

It’s open to the public here’s the Facebook link for the event. 

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Sponsor 1: John Pugliano and the Wealthsteading Podcast, InvestableWealth.com

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Livestream Schedule

Monday, 2pm, Take That Risk, Make It Work, Prerecorded But Live – A Test

Tuesday, 12:30pm,  Live with Nick Ferguson and John Willis

Friday, 9:30am, Homestead Happenings with The Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Pantry Challenge is Almost Through and I have Lost Four Pounds Just By Not Eating Out
  • Restocking: TP, Sauces and Spices, Medical Supplies, Onions, Cheese
  • Adopting the Sunday Freezer Meal Planning Method
  • Use It Up Curry

Weekly Shopping Report

Frugality Tip

  • Odds and Ends for Bone Broth

Operation Independence

  • Out This Week Working on #My3Things Marketing Plans and Book Edits (LFTN Spring Workshop Attendees will get a pre-release copy of the book!!)

Main topic of the Show: Take That Risk, Make It Work

I want to but what if I get too many orders and cannot fulfill them? The economy is looking really sketchy, what if people can’t afford my product? I may look stupid if I try that and it doesn’t work.

What if no one cares? What if I cant do it? What if I cant make enough money to pay for amy family? What if I move and real estate crashes and I end up upside down in my mortgage?

What if we go to war? What if the economy crashes? What if I am not good enough.

What if I am not good enough?

WHAT IF IM NOT GOOD ENOUGH?

Ever single thing that has moved me ahead in life. Every business that has succeeded. Every event that has sold out. Every big name speaker I’ve booked. Every time I have attempted to grow. And every time I have not gone as far as I wished, has involved taking a risk. An action. A decision. And lots of focus and work.

Nothing has come easy but imagin how things would be different if I had gone the more steady, conservative path? 

In the late 90s, I would have become a school teacher, despite the fact I could see the schools systems are broken training grounds for generations of kids to NOT learn the skills they will need in our modern future. Impossible to change from within.

<Executive training, but first, side hustles (Mad Science)>

In the early aughts, what if I hadn’t quit my relatively low paying job at a software and training start up? What if I handn’t jumped at the chance to have that mortgaged home and rent out rooms to make ends meet? (Rental business, side hustles painting and cleaning, website development, coaching, Public Policy Career).

In 2016, what if I had stayed with my secure income, not started this podcast, not sold my roasted beans at the farmers market for too little money? (Rentals added some stability, newspaper, egg sales, facilitation, story coaching, websites, speaking engagements)

In 2017, what if I hadn’t taken my last $400 to go to Jack Spirko’s? (Kickstarter Holler Roast, membership, facilitation, processing classes, rentals)

And 2018, the leap of faith into the LFTN Spring Workshop when my land wasn’t ready? (Workshop 7 will be sold out this week if it isn’t already)

2019: HELP THE REDNECK

2020: BUY THE BEANS, UNLOOSE THE GOOSE

2021: SRF

2022: UPGRADE THE ROASTER ON SPEC

2023: GET OUT TO EVENTS, SELL THE COFFEE, LAUNCH WEBINAR CENTER

All of this has taken risk and then making it work. Some of if has been more successful than others. None of it abject failure. And we learned a few things along the way.

On risk taking:

  • Spreadsheets dont lie – go in with open eyes, know your best and worst cases. The truth usually falls in the middle
  • If you are passionate about making it happen, FOR REALSIES, your risk is lower than it looks
  • Community and Underground Communities matter the most, this is why there are networking groups of all kinds
  • Only YOUR opinion really matters when weighing if you should or should not do something
  • The Small Daily Decisions Matter Most

On Making It Work

  • Things often look different than you thought
  • Most people think they are not good enough, the ones who succeed don’t let that voice win – it is a choice
  • It is OK to stop doing things that dont work for you for any reason (EGGS)
  • Your World, Your Rules, Your Results
  • Forgiveness

The true question: What do you really want? Are you talking about the latest unstarted idea with worry an anxiety to have something to talk about, or do you really want to do it?

Do you want to have success, or a story about what could have been?

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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April 25-27

Location: Lancaster, TN

Deposit: $200

Ready to gather at LFTN HQ (The Holler Homestead) this year for our seventh annual Spring Workshop? I cannot express how excited I am to get some quality time with y’all on the homestead!

This year we are going back to the basics with a focus on sone fun heritage skills like developing water on your land when there isn’t any, as well as business basics, and more.

The LFTN Spring Workshop melds homesteading skills with small business/start up learning AND adds a dash of guidance to build the life you most want. But the best part? The best part is the people you will get to meet while here. People who become true friends. People who have your back. People who can help you no matter what your journey brings.

Agenda (subject to change based on weather: we sometimes shift a session or two around)

THURSDAY

>>>Solar Build All Day<<<

Nicole Sauce – Change Your Life With #my3things

Porterhouse: Developing Water Where There Is None

Jenni Hill: Choose the Life You Want Despite the Odds

Patrick Roehrman – Forging

Hogeye – SKIP Program

Kerry Brown: Wild Edible Walk

Tactical Redneck: Property Tours

FRIDAY

>>>AQUAPONICS BUILD ALL DAY<<<

Patricia – Get Your Ducks – Or Geese – In a Row in Your Business

Porterhouse – Build you brand on Youtube

Toolman Tim Cook: Failure is NOT an Option

Matthew Sercely: It’s Not Too Late To Start In Real Estate

John Pugliano – Acquiring Old Tech Skills (FOR FREE)

Sarah Whittekind: Breadmaking

Tactical Redneck: Property Tours

Barter Blanket

SATURDAY

>>>FINALIZE SOLAR BUILD<<<

Shawn Mills – Rehabilitating your Homestead

Donald Young: Back to the basics on self care and mental health

Sarah Whittekind: Hot process Soap

Camping and Food

The LFTN Spring Workshop has a long-standing reputation for fantastic food.

We care about practicing what we preach by serving food that we have grown on the homestead, or sourced locally. This year we will feature locally-cured meats, the ever-popular Salisbury Steaks from last year, pot roast, ferments, and more.

Breakfast is usually eggs and bacon with hashbrowns or biscuits. The other two meals tend to feature one red meat and one poultry or fish, with sides. None of our meals have nuts of any kind due to a staff allergy and we have gluten free and dairy free sides to choose from (So if you are allergic to wheat or dairy, you can eat something but not all the things. If ou are allergic to red meat or cannot eat pork, we’ve got you).

Your ticket includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Thurs>Fri>Sat, as well as on site camping.

We have composting outhouses and a spectacular outdoor shower with plenty of hot water. There is room to roam in the Holler so that you do not have to pitch your tent or hammock right next to the evening festivities.

If you prefer to grab a room nearby, Edgar Evins State Park has condos that share well and there are many airbnbs nearby. Campers do best at Long Branch Campground which has heated bathrooms with showers.

The event classes are in a basement classroom, and most of the meals and hangout happens outdoors under a covered area affectionately called “Tajmaholler.”

We were able to keep tickets at $500 despite inflation because our speakers have so kindly worked with us.

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

One good reason to make your own washing compound is that you control its ingredients. Another, equally satisfying justification, is money: you save by buying ingredients in bulk and you store in reusable containers.

There are many laundry soap formulations that work in old and new top-loader and side-loader washing machines. Here’s one we like, courtesy of my favorite librarian via the Duggan family. Read more

 

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Tickets go on sale tomorrow and here is who got added to the speaker lineup

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Sponsor 2: Permies.com

Maine is colder but this sucks more because it is rare here.

Forage

  • You CAN dig down…

Livestock

  • Missing Dog In the Snow
  • Watering the chickens
  • Sheep are grazing through the snow today
  • Ducks in the pond

Grow

  • Longevity spinach and sweet potato slips

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Game night tonight
  • Using KH’s Internet

Infrastructure

  • Frozen cabin pipes (Het guns are awesome)
  • The Mud Room
  • Panic mode – rabbit waterer – still had water
  • AP update: we dropped to -4 and here is what happened
  • What it was like heating with wood in the holler 
  • Firewood for a week for this is great – and what that means you should always have it

Finances

  • Eating electricity because I took apart the rocket mass heater – needs to be redone

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

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