Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What May Lie Ahead!

What is a common man?
   Where is a common tree?
I'll pick one common buttercup 
   But challenge two or three,
For every one bears instant proof
   Of its identity.
                          Roy Helton

 


It is nearing the end of September and I have yet to figure out what has to be done before the winter comes to the farm. The spring and summer were certainly not what we had expected around here and the winter may carry some surprises too. I am left wondering if we are prepared. I do know it is very cold in the mornings now and we should really be firing up that woodstove. The woodshed seems so far away.

I have not even planted a garden and I am positive it is too late since the snow will probably be covering the ground sometime in the first weeks of November. Where did the time go?  I am grateful for the kale and tomatoes that luckily popped up in my flower garden without any help from me, a miracle I think since there was a drought and I never poured even one ounce of water on them. The kale is flourishing with this rain that does not stop to let us cut and bale any more second crop of hay. At least I can now fill my freezer with some fresh produce that I actually grew, even if by accident. The rest will be bought at roadside stands and unfortunately the dreaded grocery store. I am truly a terrible farmer.

I do remember raking and baling hay, I remember checking the cows and then I remember nothing; I have no idea what I did on the farm this year. If there was a report card for farming this would be the year I would have failed or at the very least had a black lettered stamp on the front saying “Incomplete.”

I did spend a fair amount of time with my Mom, I spent time with my girls, and that was very important to me, and I truly did help My Hero as much as I could. I must say this year was a little harder for me as far as those physical tasks went, and I am sure I am slowing down but I had not realized that I had almost come to a complete stop as far as this farming thing is concerned. I truly hope to make up for this next year, I cannot stop I am not old enough to give up nor retire.


Next year I will get that garden planted, I will watch the spring rains sprout those seeds. I will pull those weeds, and tend to the plants that will flourish in that beautiful garden. The rains will not forget to come to this area over the summer and there will be a huge bounty to gather and put in the freezer and to share, come next fall. There will be abundant fields of hay to cut, rake and bale and our cows will eat well next winter. Life will return to normal. This is my wish. This stupid Fibro will not win. There will not be another drought.

Where did the time go? I do hope we are prepared for what may lie ahead.

Later.

32 comments:

  1. Nope, fibro will not win....but remember to be as gentle with yourself as you would be with a friend or loved one, okay?

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  2. I'm with you on the feeling of not producing enough and I fear we will GREATLY regret it this Winter as the price of everything is going up faster than our meager pay. I just keep thinking something has GOT TO give! Give us a break! If it had not been for Scott and Greg we would have grown not a thing in our garden this year. Scott has planted a bunch of stuff this past week and we are hoping a Fall garden may give us some redemption. Thats where we are fortunate in that it doesn't get SUPER cold until late December and it rarely snows. I think I have to come up with a plan for next years Spring and Summer garden and have it all down on paper.

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  3. Dear B...I do not suffer from fibro yet I ask myself the same questions as you ask yourself. I always feel like I am behind. I think it is amazing all the things you do!

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  4. Nature gives us winter so we can slow down, rest.
    Rest well dear B. We will all come out fighting in the Spring.

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  5. Like most farmers in your area you spent a lot of time worrying and checking the sky for rain clouds. Next year will be better.

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  6. my mom is with me for the week and we sat on the front porch talking...and saying the same thing. what a hard and different year but we made it and will continue to thrive next year. There is hardly any other choice....ha! Stress and worry are two big time sucks for sure...and a job in itself! Here's to better times ahead ..xoxo

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  7. Time is speeding up and away- oh I wish it would slow down one day and the next I am pining for the next season. I am so fickle with my time!

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  8. Methinks it's best to not look back but instead look forward. Next year will surely be a better one. :)

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  9. I am sure the very best thing you could have done, is what you did: spend time with those you love and love you! The rest, well, there are grocery stores and I am thankful for them.

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  10. Hope- that's what keeps us going when times get tough. Next year will be better, and remember- it's a Canadian thing that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. But don't be afraid to ask for help- from friends, and from Above.

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  11. like it is for the bears, winter is provided so we can slow down and rest. rejunivate, refresh, and refuel!!!

    i love every season, even winter. i love to "bunker" down and enjoy inside activities with the family!!

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  12. i know how much the drought affected you. i also know how much time and worry you give to your mom. and the trips to spend time with your girls were SO worth it. the garden will wait for next year.

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  13. I have had similar thoughts, Miss B.

    I do have a few things that NEED to get done, with J's help, before the snow flies. I also have a few ideas of my own; time will tell if I get to them.

    Time with your Mom and Girls is WELL SPENT! Remember you need them as much as they need you.

    I love your last paragraph full of optimism! I concur.

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  14. Hopefully next year will be a better year for us all!

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  15. I always think that ... if only I had the extra time I'd do this, or that. But when I do have the time I sit with a cup of tea .. and blog! ack! ok noticing the cup next to me. Note to self. Must tick at least one thing off my 'to do' list today. after just one more cup

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  16. Things will be better next year B, it is your wish and we all have sent our good thoughts out there to make it so!! :)

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  17. I am glad you have such a positive attitude about next year. I am always asking myself where the time went. With a full time job and trying to take care of my property and animals by myself it takes a toll on me. Sometimes we just need to sit back a realize that we just can't do it all. Easier said than done though....I know.

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  18. Yes, I hope that next year will be a much more normal year weather and garden wise! Hooray for kale :-)

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  19. Every year is so different from the next, isn't it?! Here's hoping along with you, that next year is much better!

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  20. Buttons, you have some great memories of time well spent with your family this year. I think those are at least as important as the hay and the surprise kale, especially as no one can take those memories from you. And even if there is nothing physical to show for those wonderful times, you remember them, and your family remembers them, and I'm sure you all smile when you think of the great fun you had this year.

    That being said, I hope that this winter does not bring many unpleasant surprises, and that next year is better. Be kind to yourself, friend.

    Hugs,
    Mandi

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  21. I really like your blog dear!
    Keep up with the good work! :)

    XO

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  22. Hey Buttons! I'm still out here, just don't have a lot to say these days.......Winter is lurking around the corner here too.

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  23. Truly, the time is going so fast. Here in NY fall has begun, but I noticed just the other day that the magnolia trees are in bloom again. I have never seen this happen, and am guessing it is because of the almost nonexistent winter we had last year, and a week of 80 degree weather in March. It has been the strangest year weather-wise that i have ever experienced.

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  24. I think that when it is hot and dry like it's been, and you are worried about your cows and everything else, it is difficult to focus on working the way we do when everything is normal. I hope this summer is not the new normal, that would be really scary. So with that in mind, I love your last paragraph. It gives me hope for a better time ahead.

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  25. I remember my mother always saying through challenging times that we'll manage or muddle through it. All I know is we managed to do without during difficult times.

    I didn't always think we would but I've learned we could. We adapt!

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  26. Take good care of yourself. Try again next spring. Hard to imagine September is almost gone.

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  27. Oh I just loved that last paragraph! Happy fall Buttons : )

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  28. I've asked those same questions my flower beds are in shambles. Puppies have taken over but they are starting to slow down some. Like you next summer will be better. Happy Fall!

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  29. where did the time go? that's why we all keep blogs, silly! so we have something to refer back to. ;)

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  30. Good to spend time with your mum and girls - then you will have wonderful memories that your girls will recall in the future. Your mum, well hopefully in her good times during your summer you will have positive memories.
    Farming, there never is a guarantee, staying positive is one way of dealing with your summer drought. Knowing you my dear friend, there will always be food on the table.
    Don't work too hard or look back at what might have been, enjoy today, one day at a time and climb the barbed wire fence each day my dear friend, love M xoxoxox

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  31. Im thing I love about you is that you get it...YOU GET IT.

    yes, you know you didnt do half of the things that you knew you could/would/should, but in the end the things you did was what was right for the moment.

    and there are no regrets.

    you get it ;)

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