Here’s the bottom line. I love working here on the farm. Yes it’s hard work, but its good hard work (and entertaining.) Just this morning I slid across the barnyard (which is slicker ‘n snot right now because of the rain) and did not fall down! I was amazing. If there was an Olympic category of mud sliding I would have scored a perfect ten.
This is what I do first thing in the morning – even before breakfast and coffee:
- Let the chickens out
- Feed and water said chickens
- Entertain the livestock by my impressive mud sliding
- Count the sheep – if any are missing go check the South pasture
- Check to see if any are looking ready to lamb (little Andre – whose paternity is in question – is the only one so far. No other lamb has made an appearance)
- Feed and water the sheep
- Feed and water Chewy and the wether (this is entertaining in itself, see previous blog)
- Watch little Andre caper about
- Retrieve Thomas the Cat from wherever he’s hiding and escort him out to vole catching duty
So, the question becomes, “How do I make this a permanent lifestyle change?”
First step: Check your Resources
What do you have?
- How much land do you already own? 0 acres
- Is there a house? Barn? Other outbuildings? Um, no.
- How much money do you have saved for a down payment? Er, ah, I need money?
- What kind of farm equipment do you already own? Does a Mazda Miata count? I can probably fit one sheep into it. J
- Do you have good boots? Yes, I have good boots.
Yeah! My assets consist of a pair of good boots! I’m almost there.
Second step: What additional resources do you have access too?
- A rich husband who is madly in love with you and will financially cater to your every whim? No, but I could join FarmersOnly, there are good looking rich farmers, right?
- A bank that will finance 100% at a 0% interest rate for an indeterminate amount of time? Um, no.
- Someone you can go into partnership with? Possibly…maybe…er, let me ask around.
Okay, what can you offer a potential partner?
- Knowhow! I’m learning all about caring for sheep and chickens.
- Knowhow! I’m learning all about selling eggs and lambs and wool.
- Knowhow! I’m learning all about raising and caring for honeybees.
- Knowhow! I’m even learning how to garden (I still hate weeding, though).
Whohoo! I’m almost there. I have good boots and I’m getting knowhow! Who wouldn’t want to partner with me?!
Um, you have faith, right?
You betcha! With God’s help I can make this happen. He has a soft spot for shepherds.