Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vacation's Over!

The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.
Hard work, more-over, not only tends to give us rest for
   the body, but what is even more important,
Peace of mind.

     Sir John Lubbock (Lord  Avebury)

Well the vacation is over. My Hero is back to work in his office and I am back to work on the tractor. I loved him being home feeding the cows taking care of the new Mothers and their babies. I will be back to work bright and early Wednesday morning. I must say it was warm every day My Hero had to go out and do the chores. I will be going out in -27c with the wind chill. Lucky me.

Some people go away for their vacations to nice warm, sunny places. Some choose to go to the mountains and ski. My Hero takes his holidays at Christmas time so we can spend it with our girls and we all can enjoy the farm and each other.  I love that he does my work so I can spend extra time with the girls.

The weather this year did put a little twist on it. It is usually so cold or snowy that we spend most of the day together. We would go visiting, watch movies, create and share great meals together sometimes hike in the snow. This year with no snow and warm weather it was an ideal time for My Hero to get some things done that would usually be done in the spring. There is never a real vacation for a farmer, who works fulltime off the farm, just different things to do. He loves working outside a few hours of everyday accomplishing things. There was lots of wood cut and brought into the house. There was fence repaired and some fence built. There was splitting rails (more on that project later) there were lots, and lots of projects completed or started. He has a good jump on spring.

 We did all spend Christmas Day together and the better part of everyday. Everyone was happy. The girls and I wish he did not feel this need to work so hard but we understand. The girls are gone home now, and My Hero will be gone in the morning. The good memories will last.

I will get up in the morning; say goodbye to My Hero knowing there will not be another vacation for another year. I will go out and do those chores all the time thinking of him sitting in his office working and wishing he was doing the chores I am doing. Someday that will happen, he will retire to farming fulltime, and I will retire from farming fulltime. That will be interesting to see how that will work out.

The three days left in this week are going to feel very long. We are up to 19 calves, more than half way.



  1. Enjoy your quiet time today, B. I'm glad you had a nice vacation with the girls and your hero. :)

  2. I'm glad you had a nice time with your family. I hope the rest of calving goes well...those baby faces are so cute! :)

  3. your hero and my mr. m are very much alike...and we spent our holidays much as you do.
    no rest for the weary. i too am back to chores today. it has been a nice break. happy wednesday!

  4. Impressive to get so much done! We had nice weather here, too , but I didn't even get the greenhouse shelves started like I said I was going to do. I told people i was too busy with all the kids home but actually I was too busy eating!!!
    Stevie @

  5. Our vacation co-inside. We also make most of our vacations, work at home, vacations. We love it or we would not do it. More so, we too, love working together as a family. Life is good. My hero will retire from the paper mill this spring., only to move onto another adventure in our lives. We will log, make maple syrup, make and sell firewood, garden and garden and garden. Who knows, maybe we will get a few calves again. I miss them.

  6. That is mighty cold... bundle up my friend!

  7. Its back to the grindstone here today too. Needed that break though

  8. you both work so hard! i wish you would have had some warmer temps to get you back into the chores!

  9. i just want to scratch those curling foreheads! :o)

    glad your vacation was filled with family and joy! memories to hold you over...

  10. did our vacations get so short.........?


    *warm huggies*

  11. Glad you enjoyed your time off with your girls and your hero. Sounds like extremely hard work on your farm. Hope the weather gets a bit warmer for you to make it a wee bit easier on you. Take care!!!

  12. You and your hero sure keep yourselves busy! It's great that you both love the farming so much!

  13. I miss My Shug. He worked 12 hour days last week every day, except the Holiday weekends. And now that he is back to the 8 hour days, he is at the house after work, trying to get it done to the point that we can move in. It will be nice when we can move in, so we can be together. I'm glad you got to spend some time with your Hero. Our Anniversary was on NYE and it's been 17 years. I'm glad we still like each other!

    Cindy Bee
    Cindy Bee

  14. Very colorful salt blocks those Herefords are sculpting! Have you ever thought of entering their work in an art show? I've heard of such things getting big money in lah-tee-dah galleries. Heehee.

    Your Hero is amazing. So are you. Farming is certainly not for the idle. I'm hoping for lots of healthy calves and a warm fire for the both of you at the end of the day.

  15. congrats on all the new babies!
    I know how hard it is to get time off..even at 8 mths pregnant I can't seem to keep myself from the barn...even though I'm getting very tired.
    I must now take a break,mostly due to the hard work involved,all the long horns and the fear of slipping on ice, good thing for fantastic husbands :)
    can't wait to see calf pictures.

  16. Such a joyful post. "Everyone was happy". I lover Herefords - I wouldn't mind the cold (as much) if I were around them.

  17. Seems you have had wonderful days over the Christmas and New Year with your family :)
    Still have no idea how cold -27deg day I might find out.
    Good to know your cows are all doing well along with your calves.

  18. I am so glad you were able to celebrate as a whole family. I know you appreciated it as it should be. My husband and I have been married for 17 years and our tradition is to take a week off at the end of May and do a big project together. Nap time is at 2:00, of course. Those are the best vacations.


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