Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Closing out 2008 in Under 30mins.....

So me and the wife are sitting down having a good time reflecting on all of the great things that happened to us in 2008. Looking forward we realize that our life has literally changed overnight with so much economic trouble and the world being in a state that has so much uncertainty.

But with everything that is going on, we have each other, our two cats and our dog cheeba who found us as she poked her bitten and torn up head into our front door. I came home from another combat tour and I will always remember my brothers who were not fortunate to make it back. My wife who for some reason has still stuck with me is the best thing that has ever happened to me. My wife and so many other women and men have to endure so much when their mates serve over seas and when we return so much has changed. I have changed. Im not the same guy I use to be. I just hope that I don't end up as some denim wearin, multiple war patch veteran walking around with a baseball cap and a gazillion pins telling stories of the good old days. When and if I am fortuante enough to retire as a war vet, I want to live a simple life and embrace the things that so many of us take for granted.

Moving into this New Year is just one step closer to my dream and hopefully by this time next year I will be talking about how we acheived our goals and have moved further along in progressing to become more self-sufficient. I hope to speak to more people who think like me and convince those who haven't given a thought about what I think, something to think about.

I remember a famous quote that went something like this and this will close out my last statement for 2008:

"We love what we Know, We know only what we understand and We Understand what We have only been taught."


Wendy said...

Hi there

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I have read through most of the post on your first page so first let me say congrats on achieving paratrooper status!

Then - please keep your bunnies in a bigger space than those sad looking cages - I am sure you will :-)

And last - I am hugely impressed with your falcon (?)...we have mice invading our chicken coup...have to find a humane way to get rid of them!

ATW said...

Wendy-- thanks for your post.

Your right about the rabbits. Unfortunately for me I don't have any yet. I used that pic to illustrate how rabbits can provide an excellent alternative to for meat for the aspiring self-sufficientist. I have an awesome place to make some hutches on my property,I just have to convince my wife that although they are cute, they are also good to eat. We will see how that goes:)

And yes my hawk, she is a redtail and kind of goofey. They are definately great mousers but my cats have brought the mice population to a complete stop. My hawk kills squirrels and rabbits for me and she has gotten pretty good at it this year.