Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Never Listless on the Farm

I have to admit, I am a "list" gal.
Making a list each day and crossing each item off
makes me happy.
I like to set goals and accomplish them.
It gives me a sense of purpose.

Since moving to the farm, I have had to change the way I look
at my lists.
I have had to divide my life into a short list (things I can accomplish on any given day)
and a long list ( a list that just gets longer each day).

Every day when I make my short list,
I take items from my long list....
like things that need to get done immediately,
or things that are just driving me crazy right now,
or things that are perfect to do in a particular weather situation.

Yesterday was a day for working on the long list...
accomplishing a bit of horse grooming.

As time and weather permits, I have been planting the garden,
washing windows,
trimming goat hooves and horses hooves,
cleaning chicken and turkey coops.

Very soon I will empty out the barn and give it a good
Spring housecleaning.

Then there is pruning to be done in the orchard,
pruning in the blackberry patch,
 and uncovering the strawberry patch and weeding it.

In a couple of weeks I will open the bee hives and get them ready
for another season of honey gathering.

All of the outdoor wooden furniture around the farm
will soon be uncovered and water-sealed.

And after that you would think that my list
will be down to a manageable size...
 but, no....
that old list just keeps growing.

It has taken me quite a while to adjust to this way of living...
never getting to the bottom of the list.

I suppose I should just consider it "job security".
I will never ever have an idle day,
or wonder what I am going to do with myself.
There's comfort in that.
Not to mention that I sleep better than I ever have in my life.

I have also come to understand that I have to put the list away
and make time in each day to stop and just enjoy life on the farm. goats.

And here is your baby goat "fix" for the day....


  1. I Love that BERT!!!...

    And what type of draft is your horse...Belgian? Haflinger?.. I'm having trouble guesstimating size... beautiful. Do you ride or drive?

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I also have a long and short list.

    Recently I have developed a third list on my computer of regularly purchased farm supplies like feed, bedding, supplements, treats, cleaners etc with a blank box next to each item. I group the list by each animal species and print extra copies-that I keep on a clipboard in the barn. Then I just check off the items I need and take the list with me on errand days. I am currently developing one for our household items and food. Sometimes it seems like I have lists of lists!-Especially around holidays and vacation time.

  3. Moonbeam is a Haflinger. I have riden him, but never driven him....yet. As of yet, we don't have a carriage.

    He is just the sweetest guy, very gentle and easy to manage.

  4. I don't know about you, (on the subject of the farm supplies)....I spend more at the feed store than I do at the grocery store!! I think I need to open the farm up for tours and charge admission to help cover the cost of feed.....that way my animals would earn their keep. LOL!!!!

  5. I'm with you on the feed store thing. Also on the farm tour thing. My husband and I have talked about doing field trips for homeschooled kids at our farm.

  6. Beverly do you every milk your goats? I purchased 2 nigerian and lamacha cross does for the intend of milking about 10 years ago and never breed them. Oh well! I definitely need to be a list girl, then maybe I would get some things accomplished.

    Love the baby videos.


  7. Isn't that what Spring is all about....being overwhelmed? lol I love that it is a busy fun time but I never seem to be really ready when it shows up. It is a gorgeous but cold day out here but soon....

    I love that little Bert, he seems to have the same markings as his mom will he go dark too?

  8. Always something to do...better thn having nothing to do...Bert is to watch...

  9. Bert is so cute! I wouldn't get anything done besides watching him play all day.. Keep the videos and pics coming! Love him!!

  10. You can never have too many baby goats! I agree that there is no way you can ever be bored or wonder what to do when you are on the farm. It certainly sounds like you will have a busy spring.

  11. Speaking of "Lists" 8 more days, you will be able to mark off another important item! heeheehee, wink wink!

  12. Bert is just the cutest thing and it so sweet to watch him play!! Thanks for taking the videos!!!

  13. OH yes...I have lists like that too and if the weather doesn't start to co-operate my list will just keep growing before I can start checking some of the chores off. I REALLY need some warm weather. Looks like we're going to have to wait until Wednesday before things start to warm up again. I just hope the lilac buds make it through this ok. Thanks for my goat 'fix'!
    Maura :)


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