Are you dreaming about self sufficient life?

is this water really good? - filtered water or just top water?
@polachicago (19073)
United States
May 31, 2008 7:04pm CST
I can not build platform to search for oil, but I can at least do something to be more independent from corporate world. I can have my own fruits and veggie garden, I can have solar panels, I can ride on bike, I can have my own water filtration system....and what else...? [b][/b] What can we do to create self sufficient life?....
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
3 Jun 08
hmmm. u solve problem of fruit, vegetables and energy, but i think i need to be cobbler, blacksmith, weaver( to weave fabric). stitcher,scientist, etc u need to have bike, solar cell, material to keep water, sure u cant do urself. Thats why its said its society, people are dependant on each other. the best we can do that use the resources carefully and share with fellow human being so that "JUST DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES" can be prevailed and socirty must stay happy and content
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Maybe we have to go back to service exchange those days...
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
4 Jun 08
very true u know when i was reading ur post sand responding to it, one worder was constantly in my mind and that was "BARTER SYSTEM" it seems we would be bsack to that stage Take care
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Very true. I am sick of paying triple taxes in my life....
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@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
yes i am. living a life away from bills sounds fulfilling. especially nowadays when gas & food prices start rising. it's nice if you can eat or drink without worrying if you still have money to buy more for tomorrow. how sweet to watch a television or surf the net without money leaving your pocket. much better if you can get anything you want without spending. money won't be of any use when that day comes.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Jun 08
You got the point. Life free from bills and worrying....
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@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
if that day comes, it'll be like paradise where you wouldn't have to worry about anything. you can be with your family for the rest of your life coz you don't have to work anymore. you won't be afraid to die either coz you know that you're family will be able to survive & can take care of themselves.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I just check the site. Looks like someone is working on similar idea. Great, I am going to bookmark it and read more.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
to get away from the gas pumps you could buy (or build) you own electric car, this could be charged by your solar panels so you not paying to charge it either.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jun 08
so far electric cars are so expensive....
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@makingpots (11920)
• United States
2 Jun 08
They are slowly become more affordable.
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• India
1 Jun 08
Wow, polachicago, a topic after my own heart!! Am I dreaming...? You bet! Here I am struggling with veggies and seeds that don't sprout, and ants, and cats who dig up my veggie beds after I have painstakingly prepared them. Do I want a self-sufficient life? You bet! My greatest dream is to get a plot and make it green, and earn my living from writing, and get my food from my garden, and have plenty of animals around (even the pesky cats), and a few toddlers to pick my brains. Yup, that's the life! Cheers and thanks for this lovely discussion!
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Jun 08
we have the same dreams....
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
14 Jun 08
You know what is sad..... I can't have my own garden I can't have solar panels on my house There are a lot of things that I would like to do (my house faces East-West [the worst direction a house can face]) that I have no control over because of where I live. One thing I have done is cut WAY back on the consumption of oil and gasoline and I would have to say (although I have not actually measured it) that I am paying LESS in gasoline then I was when it was at $2/gallon... that is how much I have cut back. There are things a lot of people can do and we are all different in what we can personally do and that is what is going to sustain us... not just all of us just doing one thing. Thanks for a great post. Zelo
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I am the same with gasoline. I spend less that I used to. I have my organic garden growing like crazy...
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
15 Jun 08
You go girl... reap what you sow... that is how the world was supposed to be, no? Zelo
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
15 Jun 08
That's right.... HUGS
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Those are some very good ideas that you have there. I have always wanted a garden as I remember them from my childhood.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I remember having own eggs and veggie garden....
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
13 Jun 08
There's just something about food you grow yourself...it taste much better than what is at the stores.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I love my own veggies....
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
1 Jun 08
Vote for driling here and to get on with working with oil shale so we dont ddepend on any one no more
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Lakota, I am moving to your place and share that oil in exchange for my organic fruits and veggie....
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
3 Jun 08
lol alas its not here in Nevada its colorado wyoming and Utah big oil shale deposits if they will just get to working it!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
8 Jun 08
erth, I have seen the wells on OK and Wyoming and they didnt really look ugly to me if they were working the ones that had stopped are ugly for we have to pay high prices for it.
@dpk262006 (56761)
• Delhi, India
9 Jun 08
Pola, what beautiful and great ideas you have written. How interesting and satisfactory it is to get your own vegetables and fruits from your own garden. Solar panels, do help us save lots of enery. Owning a water filteration system, hopefully self-made is also a big achievement on your part. I am mostly dependent for getting all these facilities. I am not as self sufficient as you.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I have it all, except solar panels. I am on my way, maybe other system than solar panels, wind is next option...
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@dpk262006 (56761)
• Delhi, India
10 Jun 08
You certainly have some great ideas and I wish you succeed in your mission of self-reliance and also others should take a lesson from you. Warm hugs!
@makingpots (11920)
• United States
2 Jun 08
This is a great discussion, pola. I am not in a position where I can have a veggie garden and fruit trees, but I would love to. I do what I can by recycling, reducing waste and making the best economic decisions I can. It is frustrating to feel like one of the little guys padding the pockets of the powerful. We can only hope to make a change by banning together. Discussions like these are a great way to heighten contiousness. Thanks, my friend.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jun 08
We are able to help ourselves, it is costly in the beginning but can benefit on the long run. I want to buy electric car, it is my goal for this or next year....
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@makingpots (11920)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Yes, I am an artist making pots of clay.
@Cannonball (3634)
• France
18 Jun 08
I live in appartment so it's a bit harder for me but for example my sister who also lives in appartement will plant her own tomatoes on the balcony and they're much more better than those we buy for such a big price in the stores
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I agree. My organic strawberries are very good... I can not wait to see my tomatoes...
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
2 Jun 08
Our compound is not big enough for us to plant more plants. We have only 4 trees of different types of fruit. I have a small veggie garden where I grow many veggie plants which could supply some for our consumption. I plan to plant more for enough use. I prepare my own compost for the plants by using leftover foods, rotten veggie and fruits, peels of fruits, weed collect rain water for flushing and watering.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I have to learn how to do it....My father used to do it years ago. I was always afraid of bugs around compound.
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@Ohara_1983 (4119)
• Kuwait
1 Jun 08
i think it will be nice if we can dream about freely life, free for everything war, sickness, global warming ect.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Jun 08
....we can go on and on, but I am thinking just about own food and energy right now....everything else...I wish to have a power to change...
@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
7 Jun 08
I presume you are already doing your composting to help feed your soil.Another idea is to go to the local woods and see what you can find to use there.Many people are practising recycling(which helps)but not to the fullest extent(I guess that is why they call it practising).Maybe create a bigger garden and trade neighbours for something with your overflow?The more self reliant,the more independant.Good success to you!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I am afraid that most of local woods are privately own. In forest preserve we can not touch anything....
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• Canada
10 Jun 08
The woods in my area are owned by the government and are leased to the giant timber conglomerates but we do still have access to the properties via road(unless active logging practises are happening) and we can go in to pick salal or mushrooms or berries(in season).My brother once gave Xmas gifts made only from thing from the forest and I still have mine.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I like Canada.... I wish to find places like yours in here....
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• India
29 Jun 08
It is really a good idea.. and worth a try at least to take steps in minimum things that will cut short our bills.. we live in a small town,so the cost of living is relatively cheap and simple than in metros,... more over.. We have coconut trees in our house... and the fall outs from the trees are used to make hot water..... the firewood is available all through the year.. other than this no big savings we have..
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Coconuts trees? I love coconut butter....I add coconut butter to my food.... I also add coconut milk to my coffee... I think that great if you can safe some money using coconut trees...
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I am but if it's impossible for me to do and reach anything I dream about, I will not be sad also, I will just think that I have a very loving parents,supportive parents and very wonderful husband. They are all healthy, we have a house, got free air to breath, wonderful park to walk by and enough money to live in a descent way! It all depends on the person's attitude to have a sufficient life!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jun 08
meaning of my post is not to have much, but be able to be independent from other sources.
• United States
1 Jun 08
I have stopped buying bottled water and have a couple of reusable containers. I fill the bottle half way and freeze it. It stays cold the entire day if you put it in a thermal bag. I am trying to get the hubby to put all of our waste foods into the mulch pile near the woods at our house. And of course to start recycling. It saves so much waste and helps the environment too.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Filtration system is the best. Reusable containers is very good idea. I have my personal water bottle.