I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.


I am not complaining, I love my little farm, and all of its critters…yet, there are mornings I would rather not venture out quite so early. Like this morning all damp, and cold. Once I step out of the kitchen door, everything seems as it should and I relax in to the morning’s flow of activity ~ happily ~ if not admittedly a  skosh weary.

October snowfall 1

Mind you this is not a glamorous undertaking.
This is how I usually go about my chores:

Farm Fashion, or early chore attire

By the time I get out the sun is usually cresting just above the east hills; the roosters are crowing, the ducks are squawking; and the llamas are chewing their cud quietly greeting the new day. They all know the routine; the girls (llamas) line up at the fence line. The Chickens and ducks come running full steam ahead to greet me raucously at the fence gate; ducks scurrying past the Roosters so as not get pecked.

I call him Mr. Nasty...this could be an entire blog. Let's just say he makes egg gathering an adventure.

I call him Mr. Nasty…this could be an entire blog. Let’s just say he makes egg gathering an adventure.

We use large round bales, and have a covered shed for the girls to munch at their leisure, just outside of their barn. This morning it was empty, wiped clean…guess that is where I will start this mornings chores… The farm truck is at work with Howie, so I’ll cut the twine surrounding the huge bales, then pull down the hay that peels off in fragrant sheets, layer by layer; fill the wheelbarrow and head up the hill to the girls shed – repeated as necessary. Gym membership, who needs a gym membership? My blood pressure is 112/60, my pulse is 62! Who ever would like to save their membership fees…come on over.
snowy morning in December 7
Morning goes something like this…
smooch big dogs
feed big dogs
love
start tea water (and/or have a cuppa coffee)
fill water buckets
fill dog and cat waters
lay out 14 feed bowls
measure out sweet mix for all llamas
measure out beet pulp for all llamas
fill bucket with layer pellets
make tea..(if I haven’t had coffee)
let dogs out
Andy Claus
carry 12 of the bowls to the girls pasture
carry 4 bowls to stud pasture
fill poultry grain feeder
gather eggs as I defend my legs against Mr. Nasty (bantam rooster with king sized attitude) – no eggs today :(
carry water bucket to replenish girls water
carry water bucket to replenish studs water
carry water bucket to replenish poultry water
bring hay to the girls
pick up all bowls
pick water buckets
dogs and I head in…In that moment – animals fed and watered,on this damp cold morning, the smell of hay and the sound of llamas chewing contentedly,dogs frolicking in the yard… I am at peace. Maybe mornings aren’t so dreadful after all.

good morning

Note to self…remember to enjoy tea!

care
Have a blessed day,
Be well
Jess

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10 comments on “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.

  1. I can relate to you so well. I am a shepherd and we raise American Blackbelly sheep. We have been doing this since 1997. We also have Toulouse Geese, chickens, guinea fowl, Great Pyrenees and lest I forget our cat, So Precious. It is always busy and fun on the farm with all the animals.

    I loved your story and Lucy Taylor posted it to my wall because it reminded her of me, the farm and my many stories

    Sometimes I write articles in the morning on a site called 9 O’Clock Somewhere (blue map). I type articles about things that happen on the farm, healthy recipes and craft ideas, things that I am interested in that I like to share with others. I hope you will “like” our page and come and visit.

    Thank you for your post and keep up the good work and have fun at the same time.
    Winter is on it’s way so stay warm.

    Lucille Bailles
    LaMB – The Shepherd on the Ridge

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  2. You and I both are no strangers to work. And you are so right — getting out to do chores is a great way to avoid a gym membership! You help me to count my own blessings too, dear: I get to do my outdoor chores in flip-flops and shorts still. No cold yet. Enjoy your Sunday, Jess! :)

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    • Hi Diana, glad to see you here. I find,if I think very little about beginning the chores; it is a bit less painful, when the blast of frosty air smacks you in the face – before you have even ingested a good cuppa coffee. This morning was unseasonably mild – so I cleaned every thing; much easier when the poo is not frozen! LOL

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  3. Oh, Jess… after reading that I need to go put the kettle on and have a cuppa… I’m exhausted…. hahah… :)
    We had chickens (chooks) when I was growing up. There was generally a bad tempered rooster who loved to chase little people; part of my fascination for them I suppose…!
    A lovely read, Jess…!

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