Monday, October 24, 2016

Too busy to be serious

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
                                                    Charles Dudley Warner


It is true that I did have a wonderful vacation in one of my most favourite parts of the world, Vancouver BC. It is also true that my head is full of wonderful stories that are, unfortunately, still in my head. Where does the time go?


A head full of stories or a farm full of work, both do need attention, but I had to pick one. Yes, it is time to wrap up all those little things that need to be completed before the snow flies and the temperature drops around here. There will be plenty of days to snuggle down in a warm house with pen, to paper and write those stories that continue to percolate. Meanwhile, I have things that need to be dealt with.


There is a man in our basement. He bangs and he clangs, but when his job down there is complete, there will be two more farmers who accept the fact that sometimes, time itself does change the way you have to do things and accept that change. With a woodshed, full of wood we have decided that after many years, we are going to jump into the world of heat from propane. Yes, a propane furnace will make things easier for this farm girl. I look forward to less dust and less of those trips up and down the stairs.

There are apples that sit in wait of processing, and a pantry that waits to be filled. There are cows that need attention with so many details to deal with. That does not stop us from venturing out to check out an auction or drive the back roads that put on an incredible show of colour, even after our summer of drought. 


There are my walks among the cows as I try to recruit new models for the hats which will change from ball caps to knitted toques very soon. Bossy2 and Red continue to support my silliness. It seems now the next generation may be interested.


Or not, it depends on how long the hat stays on the head before it lands very close to a pile I would not have appreciated. Yes, there is more work to do.

There will be plenty of time to write those stories. My hope is that as they percolate they will evolve into something a serious writer would be proud of. An amazingly talented writer friend once asked me, after I had published a story that I was not sure about.

“So why did you publish it?” I still have no idea.


 I think she may be on to something. I do know I am still bound to publish those silly ones that make me smile, for no particular reason. I believe many of you will not mind that either, as I try to become that serious writer.


Later

31 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to your stories that are percolating. Your cow with the baseball cap made me smile!

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  2. buttons you are a busy woman! glad you are getting the propane heat to make things a little easier! those models!! hugs to you!!

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  3. Fall at your farm looks gorgeous. I just read your piece in Rural and am in awe of your writing style. What a nice fit for you.

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  4. You're a talented writer and I'm sure your stories will be enjoyable.
    Lynne x

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  5. Beautiful photos. Lots of support for your writing adventures!

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  6. Wow...look at those gorgeous yellow leaves!! And your girls look lovely as always modeling their hats!

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  7. Don't get TOO serious on us Buttons...we like a touch of whimsy.

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  8. YAY to new heating! Never travel with more than you can run with was how Dave and I always traveled. We had it down to a carry-on and personal bag...fun! Sometimes a life secret is doing what makes YOU smile...there's always time to be serious, Grace. (Thanks for your recent comment...I've recovered, am doing well and am at the beach, enjoying sunshine.)

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  9. Don't mind at all - practice on us! I love your stories!!

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  10. Oh so true! So much to do now for Fall--wrap things up and move on. I do like reading and listening to you---yes I do listen.
    Continue......
    Enjoy......
    MB

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  11. Serious writer has a few different meanings. You are humorous! Wood? Sentimental. Propane? More practical. As always , I enjoy your posts.

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  12. Miss B,
    Good Luck with your autumn tasks. There comes a time when convenience is just worth the cost or effort. I'm sure you will enjoy propane heat, even if you miss the warmth of a wood stove.

    I wish I had another batch of apples to put up. The antelope hunters didn't draw a tag this year, so they didn't come out. No hunters, no apples.

    We had nice fall colors, even with the dry conditions. The wind has dropped most of the leaves off the trees. After the half inch of rain we got the end of September we have more green than usual. God makes nature optimistic!

    Blessings and Hugs from South Dakota!

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  13. Happy percolating.
    And this serious reader will happily read anything you post.

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  14. Your cows always brighten my day! Thank you.

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  15. Hey Buttons ... don't get too serious! I personally think being serious is over-rated. Looks like your cows agree :)

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  16. i have not doubt the propane furnace will ease your winter worries and labors!

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  17. We use wood heat and it is messy! I know you will enjoy the new propane furnace!

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  18. I like your cows who are modeling the hat. Very good sense of style.

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  19. I love all the little stories you write here and if you banded them together in a book, I'm sure it would sell well.I do hope the next generation get used to willingly modelling your hats.I love the colourful hat you are wearing in the final photo here.

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  20. Keep writing Buttons . . .
    I love your stories, serious and silly . . .
    Love that hat too!

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  21. Your post is such a joy. I love reading about your farm life, and stories that are percolating in your head, and will one day be written and posted for us to read. You have a real gift!

    Enjoy one less chore with your new propane heating system. Yay for you both!

    Have a lovely week getting things readied for winter.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  22. I enjoy going for vacation. Will feel relaxed and happy...

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  23. Hello Grace girl !
    Thank you so much for your kind words .. I appreciate them ... I am also so sorry for your loss, it has a way of connecting people some how doesn't it ?
    I too am amazed at what colour we are having with the trees that have suffered through such drought this year .. it was -2 this morning when I got up !
    I am so happy for you with the propane heat .. you need and easier way of life in the winter and that should help a wee bit ... you always have so much to do I don't know how you do it girl .. love the models (hesitant or not) with the hats .. look forward to the winter ones they will show off ! LOL
    Take care girl !
    Joy : )

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  24. Loved this post, the stories and the wonderful photos. Thank you :)

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  25. There will be time. We have propane now too, it is not as warm as wood heat. But we have found that it is doable:)

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  26. Good to have you back. I hope you enjoyed your adventures.

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  27. When we lived in VA, the majority of our heat source was from our wood stove. Then we switched to pellets. When we moved back to CT, this house was being built and had geo-thermal (very energy efficient) and last year when we installed solar panels, our heat/ac/electric bill now runs us $19.25 a month. I have heard good things about propane and yes, it will make your life easier...much easier!...:)JP

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  28. returning from vacation is never easy...and logging in the stories that "need" to be told/shared!! i LOVE the fall colored hat!!!

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  29. I love the idea of you farming your stories - storing them ready for winter when it will be harvesting time!

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  30. Love the cow and hat photos. love your stories too. I hope you have notes as well as the stories in your head just in case they get lost in the turmoil of farming chores.

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  31. Lovely pictures! The cow with the hat :)
    Best wishes for a great weekend...
    Titti

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