Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Slowing Down (Occasionally)

It is so easy to get caught up in all of the work that must be done around a farm...
and before you know it, days pass and all you have done is work.

I am a worker bee by nature, so I have become very intentional about taking
breaks and spending a little time here and there with the animals.
Not only is it good for me, but I have found over the years that the more time
I spend with all of our animals,
the more trusting they are of me.


Yesterday, after finishing the gazebo landscaping,


I headed up to the chicken houses to gather eggs.
When finished, I sat down outside the fence and just took a break
to enjoy the sights, the sounds, the smells of the farm.


I felt a cool breeze as it caressed my shoulder...
something I might have missed if I had not intentionally slowed down for a bit.


I watched the comical chicken antics 


as I sat there with Sammy, who chose to nap.


The chicks that hatched April 1st are all grown up now.


This lovely batch of hens will start laying eggs by Summer's end.

Of course, seeing me pause for a while made the turkeys come over to investigate.
They were quite taken with my red toenail polish!


In case you were wondering if turkeys have ears....


see the hole above Tom's eye?
That's his ear.

Yesterday morning, I ran this batch of bracelets...


to our local Arts Council Gallery.


They had emailed me last week asking if I might want to sell my bracelets in their gallery shop.
I am also going to make them a few of these leather and bead wrap bracelets...


So, you see...if I don't make myself slow down...
I just find more to do!

This quote by Hunter S. Thompson just about sums up my philosophy on life:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

12 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

one of my favorite things is to catch that first cool breeze during the heat of summer. your bracelets are so pretty. the gazebo is awesome!

Candice said...

Oooh...I love the orange bracelets. Might need one of those to add to my Bee Haven Maven collection. :)

Anke said...

I love the bracelets you are making, they are all beautiful! The gazebo turned out so pretty, it'll be a wonderful place for your daughters wedding!

Junebug said...

Oh chicken love! What a fun variety you have to watch. Also love the bracelets, especially the wrapped one. Enjoy slowing down, ha, ha!!

Country Gal said...

Lovely bracelets nice work ! Wonderful photos ! Yes the more time one spends with the farm animals the more trusting they become . I do like that gazebo and the garden around it looks great ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Missy George said...

Glad you took some time to enjoy your surroundings and all that you've accomplished...Love the bracelets !!

Laura Franken Sudderth said...

Talented people rarely slow down. Your pictures make me miss my chickens. One day I will get back into that business again. How I adore chickens and their fresh eggs. Nothing beats a fresh egg! The gazebo's landscaping is beautiful. Happy Tuesday.

Lindsey @ Half Dime Homestead said...

gonzo logic at it's finest. I agree 100%! Lovely bracelets, lady!

daisy g said...

Ha! What a fabulous quote! Your bracelets are lovely. So glad you are taking time to stop and enjoy your surroundings. Continued blessings...

Karen L. Bates said...

Beautiful bracelets.....wow! They won't last long! Glad you are taking the time to enjoy a craft.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I wish I had 1/2 of your energy! LOL!!! The garden gazebo looks beautiful, you do lovely work. Speaking of lovely work, I LOVE the dragonfly bracelet!

Keep cool!

Lynne said...

Love the bracelets . . . can we order?
Gazebo setting is wonderful . . . Wedding perfect!

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