Monday, August 6, 2012

Venting and Blessings

I have been home a week and am still as behind as I was when I first came home. William and grandson Will stayed busy feeding and watering the animals inbetween keeping the handyman business going. There wasn't  much time for raking pens, cleaning stalls, cleaning and refilling nesting boxes, They kept the dishes done and most of the laundry but not enough time to clean the house,mow the grass, take care of the gardens. The good thing is William appreciates what I do around the homestead a lot better. It's just been an overwhelming week trying to catch up but not knowing in what direction to turn. As I feed I see pens that need raking and mending. I see animals that need their fall vaccinations and worming. My herb garden looks like a jungle and so many plants need cutting and dried. The seeds for the fall garden are sitting on the table waiting. It has been so hot and humid that a few minutes outside has me soaking wet in sweat and ready to run inside. I waited till summer was almost over to catch a summer cold. Its a chest cold and feels like an elephant sitting on my chest. But when I stop and look over all the to dos on my list I am blessed I am able to make and work on a to do list. I am blessed to have a home, food, family, and animals. The price of feed has sky rocketed as has items in the grocery store. The grocery store doesn't worry me too much as we don't need a lot from there. The feed is a worry but we are making plans to cut back on farm animals (this after William traded a puppy for a Nubian doeling. Not the one in the picture). We have way too many rabbits and will start there as well as selling some of our young hens and roosters. While I was gone William didn't gather eggs the first couple of days which made the hens want to start sitting. There are 10 hens sitting on eggs right now and egg customers not getting eggs. Hopefully our young hens will start laying in the next couple weeks. We have way too many as well as too many baby chicks with more on the way. But things happen for a reason and hopefully there will be people wanting hens so they can have their own eggs. If not there is always plenty of room in the freezer for chicken. After having grandchildren around all summer its very quiet with just William and I, but its good to get back to a normal routine on the homestead. Miss my girls and grands very much. Wish I could be there for them when things come up but I am blessed they call, text, and email to keep me a part of their everyday lives. All in all I am very blessed though this post has me venting. Everyone has a time in their life where they are burnt out or overwhelmed. I have had mine for the year and now am ready to get on with farm life and "Get er done".

6 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

really glad you can see through all the chores, to-dos and chest cold to appreciate all the blessings surrounding you, too. :)

Maple Lane said...

So sorry you are sick, Peggy. Nothing worse than a cold in this oppressive heat. I don't know how you hold out to do everything. I am happy you had such a good visit with family. When you feel better and things slow down a little, everything will seem better. Then your beloved winter won't be far behind!

melissa said...

I totally understand your venting, even though we don't do farm animals, etc. like you do. Please pace yourself when you can.

Take care, sweet one. :)

Mike said...

I read this as information not venting. Let me re-read it in the manner it was written.
If you find someone wanting a Polish rooster, I have 2 I'll give you. Trouble is, we have to catch them. haha

Buttons said...

Oh I do so love technology keeping me in touch with my girls who live far from the farm. I do not know what parents did before us. B

judie said...

Even tho you have lots to do, I'm glad you are home safe and sound. I agree, there are no more beautiful mountains than those in NC. Joyce Ann still is not back to her blog. Tomorrow is her birthday. Get well Peggy. Sick is not fun. xoxo