Monday, August 20, 2012

Rural Living - Taking time off isn't always for leisure...

I took today off from work. The last several weeks I had been really antsy... because our personal schedule has been crazy and I usually get 1.5 days off from my 9-5, sometimes 2 days....outside of regular household tasks.... I couldn't seem to get ahead. Not that this extra day will really help me catch up, but I am able to tackle some jobs here I haven't been able to get to....

So, last week I asked my boss if it would be OK to take off today, Monday .... she agreed. She rocks, and understands what we are up against on this little hobby farm... but more important...she knows ME. And she knows I will be 200% more productive if I can get some much needed tasks behind me.

I still have some vacation time coming but the biggest is Thanksgiving day week and I will not loose that if I can help it.

What does this have to do with Rural Living and having a hobby farm?? EVERYTHING. At least for those who only dream of having a career and a hobby farm or living rural.

As I have said before, it takes planning, patience and good time management skills to live rural and have a partially self-sustaining farm.....all of which I have very little. If you live urban, you live in a box so to speak. Turf grass lawns that can be maintained in an hour or so, domestic animals who get dinner probably when you do or sometime close to that and general household tasks that are confined to your 2000sf (give or take) home.

Rural? Your turf grass yards are much bigger if you can keep turf grass, and the rest of the property is high maintenance tasks that keep you going from sun up to sundown, not to mention not so domestic animals that usually take 10x the maintenance that your common urban pet does. ......

So yes, I take time off from my 9-5 to play catch up around the same schedules you urban folks probably have. Outside of the hobby farm we also have church, civic obligations and household tasks. The other time is dedicated to all the other things that this life can bring here.

Now, where's that spreadsheet I need to work on?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I just posted this picture on Facebook but deleted it because sometimes it isn't big enough on Facebook to read all the text. This is a very good example of what your plate should look like courtesy of OneMedical.com. I found it on Pinterest of course. 

Whew what a day! We got a little more rain, perfect timing and well needed. Then we spent the day on the road to Schulenburg, Tx where John played this afternoon with the gospel group he is in "The Washington Street Boy's".

That is such a sweet drive. Plenty of good ol' Texas rural country with miles and miles of nothing but pasture land and history. I enjoy watching out the window and spotting things that are unique. We spotted several old tractors either in use or for sale and just had a great time. 

The church folks from the tiny little church they played in sent us away with homemade chicken salad sandwiches, a great pasta salad and a piece of cake. We found the nearest road side park to stop and eat our food and found where someone had just unloaded some feed sacks! Yes, I piled many of them in the truck.

Tomorrow I plan to repot some grapevine starts that have been rooting for 6 weeks in covered lick tubs. Then I plan to spend the day making feed bag totes.

If you have not seen these already please like us on Facebook to see them. We have orders coming in that need to be filled.

That is about it on the Rural Living hobby farm. We'd love to hear from you.