Monday on the Goldenrod Homestead: 2/1/16

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for the lack of updates, it’s been simultaneously busy, boring and productive around here. So let me tell you what’s been going on.

 

Organic Gardening Class:

gardening class

This year I decided to teach an organic gardening class as an extra way to bring in some cash, but mostly just because I love teaching and want to be invovled with the community. The money is just a bonus.

I had six students sign up and they will be coming over this Sunday (Feb. 7th) for their first class! We’re going to cover a whole range of topics from square foot gardening to food forests. I’m hoping to really inspire some people to make a change in this world. Even if they only plant veggies in their backyard, it will have made a lot of difference! Also, I might add that I’m the only person to offer a class like this (where you get your own bed to grow in) in this area. Possibly ever. A lot of the students said they had been looking for a class like this, but never found any available.

I’m really excited to start teaching this. It should be a lot of fun!

 

Front Garden:

This past weekend, our area of Michigan reached almost 50F! You can bet that Justin and I were outside almost the whole weekend even though it was raining. We finished mulching the front garden completely (a layer of rotting hay). We also managed to scored about 10 storage tubs of fresh wood chips from the local compost heap. We mulched part of the path in wood chips for the students coming in this weekend to make it less muddy.

Almost all the snow melted off this weekend making it impossible to get back to the bigger compost heaps because of mud (I drive a 2WD car….). We’re hoping to get back there eventually, but we’ll have to wait for it to try up or freeze over, I’m not sure which will come first.

 

Engagement:

As most of you saw, Justin and I got engaged a little over a week ago. We decided to forgo a wedding and ceremony and just have a little luncheon on the homestead with friends and family. Neither of us can really afford a wedding and we’re not that religious anyway. We’re just gonna go to the local courthouse and file here soon. We’re going to need the tax benefits to survive through all this anyway since the healthcare thing is really getting bad.

Other than that, it’s all going well. I only have one complaint about getting engaged; when people offer to help us get set up and clean up, that’s great. However, when they begin to tell us what we “should” be doing, I think about uninviting them. Everybody seems to have an idea about how things should be and since we’re gay, it’s a whole bunch of stereotypes. It’s kind of obnoxious.

 

Other than that, we haven’t been up to much. Just trying to make it through a new set of trials. Besides the fact that Healthcare.gov is hounding us day and night, Justin took a pay cut because his work signed him up for 3 dependents, so we’re losing about $450 a month. We have the well pump to finish paying off and Justin’s going to owe about $800 in taxes due to the dependent mix-up. I don’t know if we’ll make it without a miracle.

Ben

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