I was trying to find some good adjectives to describe our little slice of heaven here in Minnesota. Hobby Farm doesn’t really cut it as we aren’t there yet (and probably won’t ever be). Funny Farm might make people think we are crazy (which does work some of the time). So I settled on Fun(ee) Farm. Since the way we choose to do life out here in the country adds pleasure to our lives and we aren’t a working farm.
The vegetable garden takes so much of my time and does become a chore many a day. It’s all about eating fresh in the summer and enjoying some of it canned/frozen in the winter. After all the blood, sweat, and tears, my husband loves to point out ~ a can of corn costs $0.98 on sale at the grocery store! This year the kids actually got excited about what I was planting and they made sure I knew their favorites. I think their enthusiasm came from my not asking or requiring them to weed or help in the garden. I have decided to keep it to myself. My quiet time. I putter. I weed. I water. I haven’t started talking to my plants ~ although I hear that may help them grow. I may have to start sweet talking the tomato plants. It is SO worth it for the fresh and yummy produce!
The flower gardens beautify the place. I LOVE flowers gardens. I hate weeds. I have tried numerous tricks and hacks. Nothing seems to do a better job than good ol’ fashion weeding my hand. I do as much as time allows. For some of the other gardens I have embraced the “au natural” look and just let them be. The “garden of hate” being one of them. Backstory on that in another blog!
Our chickens are layers and used to get named. I got smart and bought all the same kind so now they are nameless. They eat our scraps and garden leftovers. In return they give us the most delicious eggs. Again, my husband loves to point out the cost of eggs at the store versus the cost of feed and heat. He loves both the eggs and veggies and teases in love. The younger girls sell the extra eggs since they do most of the chicken chores. They have the best deal. All profit and no costs! How’s that for a business plan?!
Family pets ~ we have 2 dogs and 4 cats. Currently 9 kittens. We need to slow down the kitten factory for obvious reasons. Mostly, I am tired of almost killing myself as I step out the door and attempt to avoid squashing a kitten. They are also reeking havoc on my flower beds. A squirt gun and moth balls seem to have curbed their bad habits (for now).
The dogs are our protectors and buddies (they live outdoor year round). They keep the wild animals away and the occasional stranger and delivery person. Even though they could swallow a kitten whole, they are terrified of them! The younger one (Gunnar) runs with me. The older one (Ranger) cheats and takes short cuts and takes periodic breaks. But he always manages to show up just in time for a post run doggie treat! I plan to post more on trail running in the future so check back.
We have four daughters who keep us very busy. They are all in different sports and school activities. Remember my previous post about doing better with a routine and structure? That went out the window days ago! I am still committed to finding time for my devotions and quiet time but am going to need to be flexible. It seems every day brings a change in the daily schedule. The weather plays a big part too. If it is raining I have more indoor time and don’t need to water, which frees up some time. I just finished 2 medium sized painting projects. I have a long to do list of items that I would like to get done this summer. I have realized that I have to have more than one project going at a time. That way I can switch gears depending on weather and kids’ schedules.
She has been bugging me for a pet bunny. We have wild rabbits all over the yard. I told her if she could catch one she could have one. Cause who can catch a wild bunny?!?!? Joke was on me – cause yep, she can! Despite my promise we decided it was best to let it go and live free.
Through the hustle and bustle of it all we manage to have oodles of fun. I am almost pushed to the brink and sent to the funny farm some days. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!
God Bless our Fun(ee) Farm!