Living by the Farmer's Almanac

As the holidays are here upon us, I am enjoying long overdue time to slow down and ponder a bit. The best thing about the shorter days and longer nights time of year is that I have to finish my outdoor farm chores earlier and I get to hunker down in the house in front of the wood stove more and reflect on the past year and plan the upcoming one. I reflect on what went well and what was a flop. I reread my vision or goal in life both personal and professional and get a chance to check my progress on how I am journeying through life on accomplishing what I have set out to do.

One idea I had about this upcoming year is to live by the Farmer's Almanac. It has been around since 1792. It gives the weather forecast and as a farmer and gardener I depend on the weather to determine when I need to get things done. It also gives planting dates for best time to sow spring and fall crops. Also it gives you the "best days" to do certain chores, which I find pretty fascinating.  The Farmer's Almanac claim that they are accurate 80% of the time. Those are pretty good odds if you ask me.  I know some old-timers that still swear by it. Most of them tell me the reason they follow it is because they have had pure success and it hasn't ever failed them. I am all for becoming more successful because it leads to being self-sufficient.

I have decided to give it a go. I pledge to abide by the Farmer's Almanac for one year. Hear are some resources that I am going to use in my year:

I'll let you know how this one year experiment goes.

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” ― Tom Landry, Hall of Fame football coach


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