My husband and I were talking the other day about how even though we want to live out in the country and have a mini farm and be fairly self sustainable... we don't plan on giving up the part of us who loves wine, fine dining and entertaining guests.  In fact... when the time comes that we have our farm we plan on going all out for our friends and family and we'll do it farm style!

I think that growing your own food is reason enough to celebrate and share with friends and family what you can bring to the table.  Although we plan on hosting many dinner parties at our home we were thinking that an annual celebration is necessary.  Not wanting to interfere with many friends who already host annual parties for holidays such as Independence Day and New Years we are thinking of what would best fit us.  We are considering many options... but whatever time of year we choose... we will be celebrating the earth and all it's bounty.  There will be music, dancing, wine and much more... fun for the young and the young at heart. 

You know what... as I'm typing this I swear I once had a dream about what I'm imagining.  Funny how dreams seem to know what you want before you do isn't it?
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
~ The Declaration of Independence
A Song from the Suds

Queen of my tub, I merrily sing,
While the white foam raises high,
And sturdily wash, and rinse, and wring,
And fasten the clothes to dry; 
Then out in the free fresh air they swing,
Under the sunny sky.

I wish we could wash from our hearts and our souls
The stains of the week away,
And let water and air by their magic make
Ourselves as pure as they; 
Then on the earth there would be indeed
A glorious washing day!

Along the path of a useful life
Will heart's-ease ever bloom; 
The busy mind has no time to think
Of sorrow, or care, or gloom; 
And anxious thoughts may be swept away
As we busily wield a broom.

I am glad a task to me is given
To labor at day by day;
For it brings me health, and strength, and hope,
And I cheerfully learn to say-
"Head, you may think; heart, you may feel;
But hand, you shall work always!"

~Louisa May Alcott~
So it's been an interesting past couple of days.  In the area where I live, which is a very populated suburb close to a metropolitan area, had a water main break and the due to this the entire county was under a boil alert and we still are until 5pm today!  We have been advised to boil our water for two minutes before consumption and use for cooking or to just use bottled water.  I've never experienced anything like this! 

Well luckily... we have never been a family who drinks tap water.  It's just the way I was raised.  Its always been bottled water for us.  So going to the store for bottled water is something we do fairly often and we really don't give it a second thought.  Well when we went yesterday for our water.... THE STORES WERE EMPTY!!  People were complaining, managers were stressed and on the phone figuring out when they would get another shipment.  It was a little scary to see a tiny hint of what it would be like if a major catastrophe would happen leaving us with either contaminated or no water supply.  This DEFINITELY got me thinking.

I started doing research on water filters and came across the Berkey Water Filters... I still have to do some more research but this may definitely go on our wish list and we won't be waiting for our mini farm and homestead to get it either.  We also started researching digging our own well when we do get our land.  I would love to have a spring nearby but I don't think that is going to happen in the area we are living in.  There is a lot of detailed information out there about digging your own well and I need to sit down and really study my findings.  Either way... well water would need to be filtered as well so back to the Berkey we come. 

My point is... I think we've trained our minds into thinking we need to be prepared for catastrophic events... a complete meltdown.  When really... it could be a small occurrence that when you hear about it you don't even give it a second thought. A water main break, miles away from us... big deal right?  That's what I thought too... until the boil alerts started coming through our phones and on the news.  It was incredible the impact it had.... such a small event clearing out the local stores of their water.  Oh and by the way...  we went sightseeing in a nearby town yesterday and we ended up stocking up on our water there... and guess what.... they had just restocked their shelves after being cleared out as well!  It even effected nearby towns!

Do what you can, when you can.... we have our basement stocked with a few cases of water now.  Because you just never know.