Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So it's Monday!

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
                     Ralph Waldo Emerson


So it’s Monday (don't worry I know it is Wednesday for you) and I am sitting here watching the rain come down and thinking of those two fields of hay that never quite made it into the baler, sigh.

I sit here sipping my coffee and watching as that cute little bunny that loves, and I mean really loves my kale sits in the rain munching on the abundant grass behind the house staring and probably wondering why I dumped soapy water on that kale to deter him. I feel a bit guilty about that but I have been thinking; you know if you eat it all neither one of us will have any. There was an article online that tells of a severe shortage of kale seed so I must say I am not going to share with you if you continue to be greedy Mr. Bunny Rabbit, I have no problem with a couple of crunched leaves but the whole plant is a little much don’t you think? Don’t look at me like that.

On Saturday we baled hay most of the day, well I baled the hay while following My Hero who was raking, around the field, I rather like following him, and he has always led me to where I needed to go even if I did not believe it at the time. Take this whole farming thing I truly never would have thought I would ever be a Farmgirl while growing up in a little village with not one cow in sight. So meeting this Farmboy, falling in love and then eventually buying our own farm was probably something I would never have picked for myself but it seems to have worked out for the best.

I always dreamed of living in the city writing stories and being famous while going to lots of plays at the theater and eating in fancy restaurants just like I had always seen in those old black and white movies. I know, my life sounds so different doesn’t it? He obviously knew better than I and I probably would not have survived in the city, I do love to be surrounded by the bush full of trees and wildlife, he knew that would have been hard to find in the city I had dreamed about long ago. I do indeed like to go to restaurants, they don’t have to be fancy and I do enjoy plays in Toronto once in a while with our girls. The writing thing well I get to blog which is still sharing my stories and that whole famous thing I do not need, I am truly happy where I am.


These days with a bit more experience and knowledge of what we are doing under our belt after many years of the so called winging it as farmers we have finally come to a place in our lives where we can basically “roll with the punches” as they say and know we can handle anything Mother Nature, the economy and life in general throws at us as long as we do it together, I LOVE that. There have been many lessons learned and earned during this transition to our now Full grown senior adult Farmer title. I appreciate every one of those lessons now even though I have to say I truly did not understand while we were going through them while struggling to get to the end of those sometimes horrible lessons.

The rain is really coming down hard now, the fields of hay will be swimming in water requiring lots of patience and more work to get the job done but I finally can understand that it will get done eventually and there is nothing I can do about the weather. Oh yes that lesson took me a very long time to understand.

So it’s Monday and I have time to sit and dream about what may or may not have become of me if I had never met this Farmboy and ended up with this wonderful life I am so lucky to enjoy. Life can be one big mystery.


Quit looking at me Mr. Bunny Rabbit.

Did your childhood dreams take a different turn than you imagined?


Later

41 comments:

  1. As high school seniors, someone wrote a class prophecy. I, too, was supposed to become a famous writer in NYC, according to whatever classmate wrote the tome. However, I, too, am content to write about my little corner of the world - rain or shine. Try to enjoy the break from baling, even though it's always nice to finish a job before you move on to the next. We are to get rain here today, too. Have a great day, Buttons!

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  2. I think you are exactly where you were always meant to be :) I can't picture you in the city. Maybe the bunny will eventually learn to share :)

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  3. Am I where I thought I would be? No, I was going to be a pig farmer, and I'm certainly not that! But, like you, I ended up where I needed to be.
    Hope things dry up for you a bit. *hugs*

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  4. totally - my dream went so way of course. i am not sure i have figured it all out. i just let it go & where ever i go - i go. i give up. ha. ha!! struggling & worrying about it all is just plain dumb. or as some say "stupid" ... i always find that such a harsh word. we have more time to think on the happy times. i enjoy your work - it give you a chance to think of things. you always seem to have such a positive attitude ... i wonder have you always been that way? or do you think it is something you work at? ( :

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  5. Hope the rain stops so you can finish your haying.
    I didn't have a dream of what I wanted to do when I was younger. I took the attitude, whatever happens, happens....Hugs M xx

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  6. Dear Grace ... I am so happy to have made you laugh with my raccoon mafia escapades ! .. I still am going to be watching my back for a long time to come though ! LOL
    Am I where I thought I would be .. I actually never envisioned my future when I was younger because I was too busy surviving that present time I was in. I think that is what happens to a lot of military wives. We struggled so hard just to keep things together and as normal as possible.
    But ? .. I am happy to be where we are now. Even with all the bits and pieces out of sorts, we manage to be grateful and enjoy our lives as much as possible.
    I hope this weather drys up for you and things go smoothly : )
    Take care girl !
    Joy

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  7. One of the things I am happy about is that you are living out one of your dreams in writing. I am happy I get to enjoy you too. I like your writing style . . . moving me forward . . . drawing a picture with words of your life, your day . . . where you thought you wanted to be in life . . . and how it has been lived out with your hero.

    I think mr bunny has taken a shine to you . . . maybe he just needed to feel included in the story

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  8. You know...Jim and I were just talking about how things have changed. We used to get super stressed about the weather, etc. As we've got older and "wiser", we've sure relaxed a little. It's good to be "in the place"!

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  9. Yes they did actually....I wanted to marry a farmer and ended up with a townie.

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  10. B,

    When I was younger, I would always dream about marrying a cowboy. When I got older, I married a French man. The marriage only lasted 7 years and I figured that was it, I'm done and won't be married. I'll grow up old and have no one. Then I met BDM.........my cowboy!!!!
    We've been together 14 years, and all is good.

    I think I'm getting your rain now :-) We really need it here, so continue to ship it down to us....okay!!!

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  11. i love that part, about how our blogs, "scratch that itch" to write.

    although i never knew i had an "itch to write," until i got into blogging. far along in blogging, in fact. :-) but now, i know it!!!!!

    tessa~

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  12. bunny guilt. :D

    loved the photo of the gate corner with the wildflowers. so pretty!

    yes, my life turned out very different than i thought it would. i still struggle with moving so far from my family at such a young age. i gave up so much for other success.

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  13. Even with all the problems of farming, I miss my acreage, and horses, and walking areas. Hope the hay dries out OK for you.

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  14. I'm hoping the field will dry enough for the hay to be gathered in. It has to be a bit frustrating for farmers.

    It is good to be able to go to the city when one wants, though I don't think I would want to be a city dweller.

    Have a great Wednesday!

    Hugs,
    Nellie

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  15. Hi Buttons! You write some lovely words! My life turned out pretty much the way I thought. I kicked and screamed too much instead of just letting it go the way it needed to. The only thing I miss.. I wanted to be a very good dressage rider and it didn't happen but I got to spend lots of time with horses and that was a very good thing.. :)

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  16. It sounds as though you are right where you should be! My life took many twists and turns, but I am happy, and I expect I am right where I should be as well.

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  17. Life certainly has it's twists and turns. I enjoyed your post. Life is so very odd. For the most part all my childhood dreams have come true and yet I am not where I thought I would be at this stage of my life.
    Have a great Monday!

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  18. it's odd how we think we're "adults now", then look back at that time ten or twenty years later and realize how naive we were. reminds me of how my great-grandma would refer to an 80 year old as "still a spring chicken."

    i just LOVE that image of the iron hinge(?) and wild flowers. so beautiful... *hug*

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  19. Absolutely, life has been very different from how I could have imagined it to be! That rabbit is so so naughty!

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  20. i think i'm where i was supposed to be too! of course as a kid i thought i wanted to be famous, then as an adult i just wanted to be a mom and wife...no big career goals..i'm just happy!

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  21. I would much rather live in the country any day than in the city. But close enough to the city that I had some things to do!

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  22. Hay making and patience. You made a couple neat comparisons.

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  23. I grew up on a farm but never had horses. I dreamed of that, had some, and have none now. I never wanted a farm but Hubby did and here we are. There are many blessings in the great outdoors but much work. Some days I long for concrete and more time to paint and write, then I look around and know, like Granny always said, I am right where I'm supposed to be.

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  24. Sorry about the hay. I wonder if you could share your kale recipes- I have a plethora of it, my plants got huge! I have never grown it before and only wanted a little bit to put in smoothies... so I need to know more ways to use it, and if it is freezable- perhaps blanched first? I have a recipe for kale chips already.

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  25. No, my life turned out very differently than I thought. I always wanted to be a writer, which eventually came true. But I thought I would have children and never did. That's OK, but sometimes I wonder what kind of mom I would have been.

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  26. My life has turned out a lot differently from what I anticipated. I'm still in the west, and in a city, with grandchildren, even!

    Like you, I've learned a lot of things in the process, some of which were brutal and devastating. But I'm still here.

    I hope the hay gets dry enough to bale, or you may end up with haylage.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  27. My life turned out a bit differently than I thought it would, but for the best.

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  28. Ummmm....I think you are a famous writer. To all of us.

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  29. It appears to be where you want to be. I am happy living through other people's blogs to see how the rest of you live. I am happy where I am too!

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  30. Wonderful thoughts. It is interesting you thought you would live in the city and be famous and yet, I think you have the best of the best. I too thought I would be a famous writer and I wanted to travel the world. I am I think just happier being a farm girl at home.
    I don't think I would like that jet set much when I could watch a bunny eat kale. :)
    Nice shot of the bunny, too bad about the rain.

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  31. B you are going to find it quite odd that I say in 11 years of living on our 50 acres we have only spied one or two Mr. Bunnies. Now in town there are tons of them, or so it seems some days, when we are out walking. xx

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  32. Well, I've always been a city girl and everywhere I've lived has always been in the centre of things or at least within a 5 minute walk to a subway station. As I get older, though I find I go to the cafes and shops downtown, less and less. And I'm okay with that.

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  33. Yep, my life is not at all what I thought it would be when I was a kid. I think mine has turned out much better. :)

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  34. Wonderful thoughts. My life is different than I thought and yet it almost is what I thought.
    At first as a child I wanted to be a hermit and live way high in the mountains in a log cabin with a horse and a dog and lots and lots of books. I also wanted to be a cowboy. But got to live on a small piece of land raise my kids who had horses and I did too. Had lots of fun and now I live on a larger piece of land and have gardens of fruits, veggies and bunches of flowers. I am happy!!
    MB

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  35. Krunchy Kale Bunny is just asking for it, isn't she?!

    I was supposed to be something far different than I am now. Dang bills got in the way!!

    Pearl

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  36. In my childhood dreams, I wanted to be a farmer, not having any idea what that would entail. As a young woman, I wanted to travel and have fun. Then have kids, I always loved kids. Finally, at mid-life I wanted to find a good man to share the rest of my life with. Finally, I wanted to become a spiritual person, learning to live in the now, learning to be at peace with what is.

    Well of all that, I never became a farmer and I never had any kids. The rest I lived and I have no regrets now.

    Oh, Buttons, you made me tell all my secrets here.

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  37. Our lives do take off in different directions sometimes. I grew up on a farm and wanted to go to the city. I did and lived in cities for over 30 years. Now I've moved back to the area where I grew up. I will tell you, your life went in the right direction. There is no better life than breathing that good old country air. I do miss having everything 'just down the street', but I sure don't miss the traffic and the noise.

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  38. I enjoyed reading this. I too feel like after all these years, things are finally getting easier and I don't scare near as easy. What's up with kale seed shortage?

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  39. My childhood dream was to live on a farm and have animals and a garden.
    MADE IT! This farm is the love of my heart and whenever I'm feeling low, I consider my great blessing at being able to live here.
    Grace, my little field yielded 22.5 5x5 round bales of hay...hurrah! That's enough to sell to pay the guy who put it up and then some. He said we may get a second cutting!

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  40. I always dreamed of being a nurse.....a wife and a mother. They all came true, in the right order.....lucky me!!

    It has been like a bunny explosion of sorts around here!!

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