Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Delicate Balance...

I don't post on this blog as much as I used to. It is not that things have not been happening on the farm.. they have. For instance:
1. I sent back Annie's wheelchair and they refunded my money - yeah

2. I met a wonderful lady on the Internet and she had a Corgi with the same disease Annie has. She had a chair built for her dog and was willing to not only sell it to me for less than half price - but allow me to try it before buying it! double yeah!!

3. No baby lambs yet... which has me concerned.

4. Cougar has been sited again around our property. To me this is a yeah because we have co-existed for over 10 years without issue.

5. Started not only taking riding lessons again weekly, but started to ride sidesaddle again in a saddle that I know God sent to me. Cost me 1/10 of what it is worth and is so much easier to trot with!! I have dreams of showing again as soon as this summer. Yeah X 3!!

6. Spring has sprung and although several projects need to be addressed, the farm looks beautiful.

7. The last storm caused 2 dead trees that should have been taken down a long time ago, to fall.. sadly they fell on our fence line and took out a gate too. Humm - that reveals the mystery of what we will be doing on Sunday! Crank up the chain saw.. BUT - no animals were hurt and the trees fell in a way that did not allow the horses to get out and get into danger.

Now with that said... time is always at a premium. Working full time is a must not just for the money, but we have our health insurance with my job. The commute is long .. I have to allow 90 minutes each way. 2 days a week I go and see my Dad after work. His nursing facility is over an hour from my work and it takes me 90 more minutes to get back to the farm from there. On the days that I don't do that, I run errands. Sometimes I use my lunch hour to do this.. but I am tethered to that 1 hour leash... which is a pain. Most of the time, I have to do them after I get off. I hate that. I just love to spend day light hours at our farm. It revives me. You city folks might not understand that I take joy in grooming my animals, sitting on the ground and hand feeding the chickens, weeding my garden, even cleaning stalls is a welcome chore. I get a feeling of sadness when I leave for work before the sun comes up only to pull into the drive after it has set...


it is for this reason that I am trying to become a work at home agent. Although I will miss my friends here in the office.. I truly believe that it will be better for me - body, spirit and soul.. if I can have just a bit more time in the sun shine of my farm..

what do you think??

Oh yeah - the picture of the frog.. we found the poor guy hanging on for dear life after he obviously fell into the water trough. Don't worry .. after the picture was snapped - he was rescued. I think I know how he felt though!


SmartAlex said...

One thing I never understood about Houston was the commute. How does anyone ever get any work done?

My commute is 18 minutes each way, and even when I lengthen it to 30 by stopping at the feed store, or the hardware store on the way home, I still feel like it is a time and money drain (especially with gas on the rise). 90 MINUTES? You've got to be kidding.

Dianne said...

I think your idea to work at home is fantastic and long overdue. Are the bosses in favor? I know you are disciplined enough to make it work and have the best of both worlds.
Congrats!!! You will never look back. :)

Helen said...

Definitely work from home!!!

Cheryl said...

Sounds great. If my work would allow it i'd try at home too, but since my occupations are EMT, Vet tech student and barefoot trimmer not exactly functional. Besides you seem focused enough to deal with home distractions and get work done. Tip from a friend of mine that managed to get approval to work from home- tell the boss how good it will be for them. Good luck with Annie's wheelchair (I hope it fits!) and everything else.

Kat aka Beachkat said...

Hi sweet friend!

Gosh, I've had fun catching up with you tonight. It seems like FOREVER since I've had time to just read blogs and enjoy myself. Between our two weeks in California and then having two grandsons here for Spring Break, I seem to have gotten myself behind. Not anymore though. I'm BAAAACK!


shadowlake said...

Having seen and cried over one too many drowned squirrels at a farm where I worked, I usually have a stick or small board floating in my troughs, and even a stick in the watering cans in summer for the lizards & frogs!

Ginger said...

90 minutes is a long commute. I would sure work from home if I was you.
Hope your dad and Don are doing better. (and you too)
I am still in Las Vegas, living with my son. Filed for divorce. Boy, is it expensive. Might have been better just to stay miserable!!