I don't hate working on our hobby farm, but I don't feel head over heels in love with it lately. I have moments where I am very happy with our simple life on the farm. I also have moments where I find it to be a lot of work and there isn't much fun involved in it. I suppose those times where I'm not overly excited with our farm life are when I think about all the things I would like to do but can't because I have a lot of responsibilities that require me to be at home. Traveling isn't an easy task when you have farm animals that need daily care. We found that out this year. Finding people that you can trust to take care of your animals as well as you would is hard to do. I think that is what makes me feel a little trapped sometimes. However, when I get outside and start hanging out with the chickens, ducks and the goats, and I'm talking to them and watching them respond in their animal ways, well that melts my heart and I can't imagine any other way of life.
Now that our kids are growing up and leaving home it feels like a good time for my husband and I to do things we have put off for years. Trips here and there and going on little adventures would be so much fun! We can't leave for very long because animals need to eat in the morning and in the evening and they need to be put into their houses for the night and locked up for protection. That limits us from doing a lot of things we consider fun. But, that is alright I suppose, we do have a great life and it's just as fun to spend time with the animals or harvesting veggies from the garden to cook a good meal. I just need to find that joy in my farm that I had in the beginning. It's there in my heart, I just need to keep my desire to travel out of my head.
We have had a very busy year this year. I haven't written in my blog much because I have been preoccupied with other things. Our two sons got married this summer and that really changed our family a lot this year. We gained two amazing daughter-in-laws and I'm so excited that our family is growing. We also gained a precious granddaughter and my heart melts every time I see her! I look forward to her helping me in the garden this spring and she already loves all the farm animals. I am sure she will make quite the little farmer! Our baby is a senior in high school this year and this is a busy year for our family with her activities. It's been an exciting, busy year and it's created a lot of changes in our lives. Our little hobby farm is dwindling down to two farmers, me and my husband, and we have to learn to scale down our gardens and cut back to what we need so that we don't feel overwhelmed. That is a lot easier said than done when I'm addicted to chickens and hatching eggs.
I have been bit by the quilting bug, and I have been busy sewing my little heart out making a few quilts. I wish I would of learned this craft years ago so that I could have a lot of quilts under my belt. My mother was a quilter and she taught me a few things, but when I was younger, I was far from interested and never got into the craft. She's gone now and I am so mad at myself for not learning more from her while she was with me. I do take to heart that the few things she did try to teach me stuck somewhere in my head an they are showing up now. I am in love with quilting and I have a feeling that is going to keep me quite busy this winter when it's cold and I want to huddle in the house to keep warm.
All in all I'm very happy in our simple farm life. I love the slower pace and the excitement of growth. I know it would be fun to travel and do things away from home, but that is what Google is for, I can live vicariously through other travelers while I sit here and quilt through the winter waiting for Spring fever to hit.