I finally got my goals for january 2008 done! LOL. I stopped setting those types of goals after that month of not making a single one....but still, am delighted to finally cross them off my to-do list. What did I do? I made my first batch of beer and my first batch of soap! We moved to the farm in October 2007. I set the goals of learning 2 new homesteading skills a month then - and kept up with my plan for November and December. Since then I've been a bit more humble in my aspirations and let the skills come as time and opportunity and budget allow. It's darn hard to fit anything in beyond the essentials when we're milking/doing chores/milk handling for an average 2 hrs a day! Here's the big beer plan: today's batch was made from a kit my brother gave us for christmas. Future plans, starting next month with a bit of luck, are to move to full grain brewing (no extracts or concentrates) and brew up 10 carboys worth of beer (a carboy is an airlock tank that holds 5 gallons) and store them in our spring house, consuming them as need demands. Our spring house was build around 1890 and has a constant strong spring bubbling up in it, year round - was built to cool/keep milk for the original farm dairy. We can tether the carboys inside the spring house, keeping them chilled to 42 degrees regardless of the outdoors temp - then hoist one up and bring it inside when we want. As for the soap, my first batch was a lovely palm/olive/coconut recipe - hoping to move to more animal fats next time as I've been saving and rendering tallow from the larger animals we butcher. Talk about local! And I like trying to use as much of the animal as possible as a way of honoring its life - so making soap from the fat feels right to me. Hoping to make a batch of goats milk soap as soon as I finish/catch up with the garden. and boy am I glad to not have assigned myself more tasks for every month!