After I graduated from college I moved down to Pennsylvania for a year to "get away" from the farm. I had a job where I worked 6 AM till 3 PM. So, I had evenings and weekends to do with as I pleased. My Saturdays usually started off with sleeping in, slowly getting up and getting breakfast, eventually I would do some cleaning or shopping, and it would usually end with watching a movie, reading a book, or spending time with friends. Well, when I moved back to the farm, I was abruptly reminded of how a farmer’s work is not only done Monday-Friday. There is no sleeping in and lazily getting up whenever you feel like it.
It is 11:30 AM right now on a Saturday morning and so far, morning barn chores have been done, the house was cleaned, laundry is almost done, cookies have been baked, more pipelines have been scrubbed, calf pens have been cleaned out, trough liner has been fixed, and other odd jobs have been completed. Sometimes I wish I could go back to laying around in my PJ’s all day however, it is a great feeling to be a part of something bigger then yourself. Our hard work means that we have a beautiful and comfortable place to live, our animals are well taken care of, and we are able to sell milk that is then turned into cheese for your consumption. Our hard work means that we can take pride in our home and in our heritage.
Cleaning the barn has now become a family project. Derek and I washed more pipelines today, and Dad and Ryan helped Mom and Jennilea start to use the power washer and shop vac to wash the interior walls of the barn. Ryan then went to mow more hay to put in the silo. I have always been proud of the cleanliness of our farm. Dad does a good job up keeping the farm well maintained and all of us kids grew up learning how to keep the barn looking pretty nice. It is a barn; don't get me wrong, there is dirt, dust, manure, bugs and more. But, we keep the walks swept, the trough in front of the cows cleaned out, the animals bedded, milk house cleaned... we keep it picked up pretty well. All in all, we have a decent looking barn. Well, now that we are starting to "houseclean" the barn, I have realized how much dust is actually in there! It has been kind of fun though to see things get nice and shiny. I am proud of the care and time that my parents have put forth to keeping our home looking good and being functional. All of us kids have a good example to follow on how to take responsibility for our actions, and possessions.
Hello, if you are a follower of this blog you will remember that Angela was doing the blogs. Well, things have gotten busy for her and so Stan, her dad, is filling in for now. I am not as techno savy as her so I am not sure how this will work but I am going to try and post on a hopefully regular basis.