Thursday, November 12, 2015

Farming in the dark?

Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E. E. Cummings


The farm seems so very far away, as of late. It is however, always in my heart and fills my waking thoughts. That makes me not that far away, after all. The cows are no doubt missing me right now and I can picture Bossy2 looking for a hat to wear. I do know My Hero is missing my help.

The time change, which came right after I high-tailed it to the city has not been a welcome thing for a certain hard-working farmer I know. A farmer, that not only has a fulltime off farm job but now finds himself on his own, working the farm in darkness. That time change has always been a unwanted guest, but now it is really annoying. Feeding cows and making sure all their needs are met is not as easy in the dark, as it is in the light of day.


Usually I take care of all that feeding and catering to their needs during the days. This has been my job since I can remember.  This has always worked out well for both of us. I love that I get to spend time with the cows, and work on the farm without working off the farm.

While I am in the city, I have found that there is only so much I can do. I am used to working on the farm and honestly I get anxious and a bit flustered when I do not have a list of things to do. I do love working and keeping my hands busy and my mind thinking. I am so used to doing chores and running things my way that I know of no other way to live, or for that matter, relax.


After fixing everything I could around this house that I have been staying, and trying to keep myself busy and useful, I have now retired everything on a list I had wrote before coming here. I am not very good without a list of things to do. I have to keep busy. No list means free time. Free time is a strange concept to me, there has always been a "I have to do or want to do" list.

All this free time has found me wandering the streets. Miles and miles of city blocks put behind me. It is the perfect time of year for this. It is absolutely beautiful here. It is almost like hiking on the farm....well, except for the traffic, the noise and the strange, yet friendly wildlife.


The squirrels here are very different from the ones I would see roaming around the fallen leaves on the farm, especially this time of year. The squirrels here in the city do not seem to be as skittish. They will actually pose for the camera.

I do know that while I walked six blocks this morning admiring the wildlife, all my thoughts were back on the farm. Thoughts of My Hero working in the dark, and Bossy2 wondering where I had gone, ran through my head, with every step I took. 

Wait till I tell Bossy2 about the squirrels. I wonder if they would wear a hat?

Later














28 comments:

  1. If you can get a squirrel to wear a hat, be sure to post a photo, Buttons! ;))

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  2. I dont like the city at all and our boys like coming out to us when they can to get away from the city lol ! I bet Bossy2 is missing you . Hope your city visit is a fun one and you get to go home to the farm soon . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  3. I bet every living creature on the farm is missing you... being a Grandma in waiting isn't easy! *hugs*

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  4. oh boy, I remember when I was doing exactly what you are doing now, about 13 years ago. Except it was January. I was thrilled to be on hand in the city for the big event, but SO HAPPY to get home to the farm.

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  5. I can relate to you being away from the farm and having difficulty with nothing to do. Twice I had to go to Ottawa in the winter for 5 weeks when my daughter gave birth to her tow boys. The worst was flying. I hate to fly in winter... My hero and my son were glad to see me back on the farm.
    I'm sure the animals miss their favourite hat lady. Hang in there.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  6. Just think how tiny of a hat you would have to make to fit one of those squirrels! I'm sure your Hero misses you, but I'm sure he's also glad you will be there where you are needed very SOON! :) Bossy 2 will just have to think of ways to entertain herself with out you for a while!

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  7. This has to be difficult but not so bad considering the prize that comes toward the end of your city time!

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  8. Hope all else is going well. Soon that list will be much longer! xo Nellie

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  9. Yes ;ittle hats for all the squirrels, that will keep you busy a day or two. Freezer meals is that on your list? How about a letter to the one you are waiting for:)

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  10. City and suburban squirrels can be quite tame. My backyard buddies will take the peanuts right out of my hand.

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  11. Just catching up with you and finding out that you're still waiting. Though your mind returns to the farm, I'm glad your heart is right where it is, ready to welcome that new grandchild. Those squirrels look much bigger and fatter than our lean mountain squirrels. I think maybe someone is giving them a handout! Have you knit a little cap for the baby?

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  12. Waiting is such a hard thing. Particularly when we have no control.
    I love that you are walking, and am sure that all at the farm miss you just as much as you miss them.

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  13. I can understand your lonesomeness for the farm and your Hero and Bossy 2. City life is so different. But, you can get out to walk and enjoy the air (and noise) and see new things too. Soon you will be busy again. :) Hugs. Pam

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  14. adorable squirrels. hope you can return home to chores soon.

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  15. It's got to so different being in the city and not the country. I'm pretty sure they are all missing you at home.

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  16. Well, you've paced enough now so it's time to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. You will be back soon enough to your cows.

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  17. I do hope you don't have to stay away from your farm too long!

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  18. Hope you can return to the farm soon.

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  19. Those sweet little creatures :) never seen a real one.
    Seems you are missing your husband and farm. Enjoy your time in the city and it's great you can walk and explore...Hugs M xoxox

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  20. I love that Bossy 2 will wear a hat!
    Chapeau cows are the very best!
    ;)
    (and squirrels, too!)

    Hugs!
    Mimi
    @ The Goat Borrower

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  21. I'd be hitting up the local library. And wandering the streets too!

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  22. Hello, you do have a great reason to be in the city. Just the waiting can drive a person crazy, it is good you a list of to-do's. I do not like this time change at all. I am sure your farmer and bossy 2 are missing you.. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  23. Your time away from your dear Hero and farm and critters, will make your reunion all the more sweeter, your love stronger.

    You are waiting for a sweet little person to come into this world, and pretty soon they will have made their appearance, met their dear grandmother, and you'll be headed back to home sweet home. Being in the city is certainly NOT being in the country.

    Happy November ~ FlowerLady

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  24. there will be no down time when that grandbaby appears, so you may want to get in all the leisure activities you can!

    i really love the e e cummings quote on this post. isn't it the truth. hugs!

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  25. Beautifully written. You can take the girl from the farm, but not the farm from the girl. Going home will be special. Lovely photos. Have a nice weekend. xo

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  26. Wow! I would be very much at odds too! The farm will feel wonderful when you return!

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