Inspired by Suzy at Hip Mountain Mama, our one small change for January was quite successful. Our goal was to make our coffee on our wood stove instead of using the electric stove. Well, not only have we done that, but we have also been cooking lots of meals on top of the wood stove. We did this for over two years in our off grid mobile home, so why had we become lazy???? That is one reason we chose to live as we did off grid. We wanted to deny ourselves the temptation to spend money that we didn't need to spend and to not use our natural resources any more than was absolutely necessary. Well, in our new homestead which we affectionately call our "rustic cottage" we do have electricity. As a matter of fact the previous owner left a nearly new electric stove/oven. So, why on earth had we stopped using our perfectly wonderful wood stove top while the wood stove is being used to heat our home anyway? That is why living without makes simple living so much easier. When more conventional options are available, living simply and conservatively has to be more purposeful and with discipline.
We have enjoyed cooking many of our meals on the wood stove. The little extra walk back and forth from the living room to the kitchen is good for me as well. We will continue doing this until our wood stove is no longer needed for heat. I forgot to mention that our electric bill was reduced $10.00 as well!
For February we are going to commit ourselves to buying our milk twice a week from Butterworks Farm. Currently we are only getting up to the farm once per week. At about 8 miles away, we need to do this twice per week. Not only is the organic raw milk much better for us, but we will no longer need to buy conventional milk which means no more plastic gallon containers. We need to make this our new habit.
Warm wishes, Tonya