Even when you’re living your dream, sometimes you can still have “one of those days”. While I’m searching for a new job, I am enjoying being home taking care of the dogs, Sam, and the farm. I can’t believe how busy I stay with home and farm every day, and in addition I am trying to come up with new ideas to bring a little extra money in. The Dadz started his new job a couple of weeks ago, and that meant some adjustments to all our schedules. His new position is for a business that is in transition, so his schedule was kind of crazy that first week.
It left us all sleep deprived and struggling to find a way to make the new routine work. By week two we settled in a little more as his schedule calmed down some, and then we had that darn time change, which always throws me off. One day particularly challenged me. I woke up at midnight with a pain on my arm, only to find a tick attached to me! I either picked it up on one of our more frequent woods walks with the dogs, or working in the gardens.
I should be an expert at removing ticks by now, since I’ve removed many from dogs over the years, but this time I wasn’t sure I had gotten it completely removed. Did I mention that ticks and the thought of Lyme disease completely freak me out, and that our current employment situations mean we have no health insurance? And that I have trouble falling back asleep when I’m woken up at odd hours (part of what made that first week of the Dadz’ work so rough), never mind adding in stress and worry?
So that leaves my poor hubby trying to inspect my tick bite and remove any excess tick body parts before going to work early that morning, and me needing to get up and take care of the animals on three hours sleep, because there was no way I was going back to sleep after all that. (So far the bite seems to be healing well).
Because I know my limitations, I decided to take only Luke on a walk that morning. Cricket has been impossible on walks lately….nose glued to the ground while Luke is trying to actually walk – I pretty much get stretched in two directions. I just knew my sleep-deprived-self did not have the patience for it. While she gave me the sad eyes as we left, she was OK about it, and as soon as we got back and took care of the birds, we went out in the yard so she could play ball.
That’s when the guinea hen came in the yard and Luke went after it (you can read more about that in last Friday’s post – “Farm Dog Friday – Luke’s Little Adventure“.). When all that was settled, I realized I had stepped in some dog poop that was hidden in the leaves that covered the dog yard (it had been cleared of leaves once already). Both of my hiking boots were covered on the bottom! Well, I’ll just hose those off while I’m filling the water buckets for the birds. (The yard has since been cleared of most of the leaves again, and that better be the end of them!)
For those who read last week’s post, and wondered with me if the guineas would get smart and now stay out of the yard? No such luck! They seemed to for a couple days but just yesterday I had to herd them out of the yard several times before letting the dogs out.
Just another day on the farm! Somehow that afternoon I found the energy to bake two batches of dog cookies to take to a local store to sell later in the week. That’s one of my new farm ventures that I’m hoping will take off. I use ingredients from the farm – in this case fresh herbs from our garden – to make dog treats. This week I’ll be cooking our pumpkins to make puree for more of the pumpkin treats….I actually have a special order to fill!
Cricket and Luke benefit the most from that – they’re the chief taste testers, and they get any leftovers after bagging up. If we can’t sell them all, they’ll go in our freezer, and I’ll finally be able to say that I’m making the homemade treats I’m always wanting to for them!
If you didn’t know, we have a Facebook page for the farm, and we’d love if you followed it! You can find that by clicking here. I will also be working on adding a page to this blog for the farm, and will let you know when that’s done.
I will say “a bad day on the farm is still better than a good day at work!” Despite that challenging day, things are going well with it. We have been selling out of eggs, and can’t keep up with demand. Laying slows down a bit with the shorter days, and even the best pep talks to the hens can’t help that. We have enough regular customers that want our eggs now, that we can’t keep them all supplied. We will no sooner put a dozen eggs in our cooler by the road, and they’re gone! That means we’ll be adding to our flock in the spring, and we’re excited about that! I want to get some breeds that lay different color eggs like green and blue!
We’re learning about how to keep birds through the winter (it turns out they can weather the cold quite well!). It’s fun to watch the hens gravitate towards our front porch to sit in the sun when they are let out of the coop in the morning. Our weather has turned suddenly cold, so that now means we have to get out to the coop first thing in the morning to bring water that is not frozen. That’s become my job most days, since the Dadz leaves for work before the birds are even up at dawn! We also have to be sure to collect eggs promptly so they don’t freeze.
I’m also excited to share that we have a new logo for the farm! I wanted to use the two dogs from our blog logo to make into a farm logo. The woman who originally did my logo for the blog was no longer available, but wasn’t I lucky to find Ann from the Zoolatry blog to help me out. I don’t think I even need to say anymore….you can see for yourself what an awesome job she did! I’m so pleased! Ann is very talented, her communication is great, and she works promptly! I highly recommend her.
Most days around here go more smoothly than that crazy one did, though each day is very busy. It’s difficult for me to try to establish routines when they might get changed if I find a job. I am still hoping to find something flexible or work from home, so that I can still keep farm, pets, and this blog my focus. All paws and claws are crossed around here, because I think the whole crew enjoys having me around as well.