Hello, I’m back! I have just recently found out that when you concentrate and focus you can get more than twice as much done. So on that note, I’ve decided that I don’t need to back down to every other week for posting and I can still keep up with once a week posting over the summer. At times when I’m super busy, I’ll write the post ahead of time and schedule it to post whenever that time is.
I have practically planned every single post until November 9th. That may sound a little crazy and I might not stay with the plan until then, but it is always super fun to plan things. I find planning very exciting!! In a week or two, I may share that plan with you, depending if I decide that is it a good blogging plan.
In my last post, about The Possibly Upcoming Q&A, I asked for a people to ask me questions. If you haven’t or you would like to ask more, please go there now, as I’m trying to get at least 50 questions. On another note, please, I cannot answer questions about my age, name, or other personal information, so save me time and DON’T ask those questions.
Pretty much all of the questions asked so far were related to farm life. One person asked, “Tell us about your daily life on the farm”. As I am planning to answer 50 questions in one post, I cannot give super long answers so I decided to spend this post talking a little more about my farm life.
I am currently not particularly involved in the daily farm chores. For right now, I am mostly everybody’s helper. I help my dad move the chicken coop. I help my sister milk goats. I help my mom transplant plants. Currently, all our baby goats are either weaned or drinking of their moms, so I do not have to bottle feed them.
The biggest thing I am doing right now on the farm is irrigation. Every day, in the morning and in the evening, I move what my dad calls “The Main Line”. The main line is a really long line of PVC pipe with sprinkler heads at intervals. I drag the PVC pipeline in increments and try not to break it. If you bend too much one way at to sharp an angle, it will, like any other PVC pipe, snap. So it requires a little bit of practice to move it.
I also move a couple regular field sprinklers (I don’t know what they’re really called, they’re the ones that you poke into the ground with your foot and they’re about 3 ft. tall). Basically, I’m in charge of making sure our field doesn’t die so that our cows have something to eat so that they don’t die.
Something that happens about once a week to every other week is the moving of the cows. The cows are not on hay this time of year. Which means all they are eating is their pasture. Which is why I have to keep the pasture growing. When we move the cows from field to field, first my dad checks all the fences to make sure that they are all up and working. Then he calls all the cows to the gate with his special cow mooing call that he does really loud. The cows always know they are going to get moved or get new hay when he does that. Unless he tricks them.
Once he has them gathered at the gate, my job comes in. I make sure there are no stray cows left in the field, and I try to keep the cattle somewhat contained. Next Dad opens the gate and lets them go. The hardest part of my job at this point is making sure the calves go in the right direction. The calves have a tendency to run as fast as they can the opposite direction you want them to go. So you have to stay on your toes and be ready to run for it. With the big cows, you have clap your hands and wave your arms and yell “Yah, Yah, git!” and all sorts of other things. I generally am in charge of the majority of the herding unless it is a two-or-more person job.
Sometimes I wish we had horses. But we don’t, so we can round ’em up on foot.
At this point, we have lots of stuff ready to harvest in the garden. So almost every afternoon now, I go and harvest vegetables for dinner.
Of all the jobs, chores, and duties I have at home, my biggest one is cooking. Every morning I make coffee. About every other day I make breakfast. And lunch. I pretty much always make dinner. But the nice thing is, it’s something I really enjoy doing, and it is a big way I can serve others.
What ways do you serve others around you? How are you contributing to your family (or your church) with your talents? Are you investing the time that you have to grow, and/or help something or someone else grow?
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” -Mathew 25:23 (ESV)