Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Pioneer Spirit


Alex and I watched a John Wayne movie last night called The Searchers...his Westerns usually revolve around Civil War era and pioneer times. My only real knowledge of pioneer times is "Hollywooded Up"...but even with the movie's likely exaggeration, I think those pioneers were darn brave and hard working! Imagine taking a few hours each morning to prepare and make a daily breakfast? Fending off enemies while keeping your land safe...trying desperately to make a living in a new land while keeping your family and animals safe, healthy and fed? Imagine winters? Trying to clothe yourself and keep the house warm without burning it down? 

I don't know, I don't think I'm THAT courageous!! I have so much respect for those people because they laid the groundwork for everything we have in our lives today. Even though I can't imagine living that life, I have that pioneer spirit in me that's for sure. 

I think that Alex and I are slowly but surely moving towards a more pioneer-type lifestyle. We are both learning how to fend for ourselves so to speak - with the help of technology (You Tube) to show us how!! The garden is one thing we are both very proud of. I always mention "my" garden, but Alex has helped me a great deal with it and we are both enjoying the benefits! We both prune, we both pick the veggies, we both admire the flowers, we are both worried about the tomatoes and pumpkins...it's become a big part of our lives and we can't wait to be able to grow more! Alex has lots of ideas for greenhouses because our goal is to feed ourselves all year round. It's quite exciting! :)

One of my goals is to make my own wardrobe from now on. The knitting has started, and the sewing will come next (my poor sewing machine is gathering dust...). I'm learning from my fellow Bloggers about raising ducks and chickens and goats. I'm so intrigued by crafts like soap making. I am trying to make as much as I can from scratch so as not to rely on insane grocery store prices for mediocre products. Alex is learning lots about home repair, renovating, building and millinery skills (that's hat making).  We both would eventually like to learn more about car repair as well, but one thing at a time! But if truth be told, we'd love to ditch the car for a horse and buggy...not sure that's doable, but it's a nice thought. :)

I would say at this point, that we are still dependent on technology too much, but we are gradually decreasing our online-ness as well and opting for simpler joys like reading on the porch or the hammock. We do rely heavily on Hydro for heat and power...but we're renting so we have that as our excuse. In the mean time, we are learning more about self-sufficiency and living off the grid. We want to feel as much freedom as we can as each day goes by.

As the world is moving more and more towards technology and materialism, we are moving in the opposite direction and it really feels good.

9 comments:

Pam Jackson said...

My niece is getting that way also. She owns about 40 something acres of land, has chickens, pigs and is going to get cows. She is Agricultural Science teacher at the local community college. She has yet to plant a big garden but I figure that before long she will go that way also. Me....I depend on the grocery store to supply me! haha

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You are pretty amazing! Good for you. Being self sufficient is a huge accomplishment. And you won't be dependent on businesses.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Great post! Several years ago one of our local TV companies did a show called Pioneer Quest (you can probably find it if you Google it). And it was based here in Manitoba. It was my show that year!!! I watched it, taped it and watched it over and over. I respect the Amish in how they live on the land. Horse and buggy all the way!! :) That's us every Sunday at Birds Hill with the Percherons! :)

Rain said...

Hi Pam :) Oh I would love to own 40 acres! Lol @ the grocery store! I don't know that I have the stamina to take care of too many farm animals, but some ducks and goats would suit me just fine! And of course more dogs!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) Thanks :) I think that merchandise has taken such a nose dive...I want to make more and more of my own things, and just buy second hand...try not to rely on business...that's for city people ;)...but also Hydro...my gosh, have I mentioned the Hydro bill here is half what I pay for rent? It's insane how they railroad you, it's a monopoly with Hydro Quebec unless you have your own resources, which are so dang expensive too. Conspiracy lol! :)

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) I'll have to look for Pioneer Quest, it does sound familiar though. I envy your Sundays at Birds Hill! I wish it was feasible to live with horse and buggy...but we'd have to really find a like-minded community, I don't think I'm ready to convert to Amish yet lol... :)

Fundy Blue said...

I keep looking for the spread of cards ~ LOL But you have an interesting spread of questions, Rain. Definitely I am a hard worker and have a sense of adventure. I'm too much of a rolling stone to be tied down and responsible for plants and animals. I have the wanderlust gene. I admire people like you who always seem grounded and wholesome to me. When I first visited Westport on White Bay in Newfoundland in 1971, the people were still making a lot of their own clothing. I remember the MEN as well as the women knitting socks, mittens, slippers, and scarves. They had given up knitting long underwear for the winter by then, but I certainly heard stories about those times. I'm scared of horses, due to some unfortunate experiences growing up, so I rely on my feet. Have a good one!

Rain said...

Hi Fundy Blue :) I do read cards, but I don't really post my results because for me it's just too personal! :) But also too subjective I think. I used to have wanderlust too, for years I couldn't even sign more than a monthly rental and I've been all over Quebec and the Maritimes. I really love making my own clothes, I used to only sew my clothes, but I guess life kind of got in the way and I forgot about my pioneer ways for a while, but now it's really back! :)

Guillaume said...

I am off topic, but I LOVE the picture.