That Time of Year: Summer 2016

There comes a point every summer when the frantic pace of farm-maintenance and projects I started in spring finally catch up to me. For a while the long summer days–where the sun doesn’t set until after 9– are a blessing.


I enjoy every minute I get to spend outside while it’s light out (since I usually won’t get home until well after dark in the winter) and the farm is so full of life.


Birds, insects, farm animals…


The fields around my property are growing…


My own garden is taking off…


It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Also? It’s kind of exhausting. So I work as hard as I can for as long as I can, and then– usually sometime mid-July– I crash. And, you know, once I hit that wall, I stop worrying so much about things getting done, or weeds in the garden, or mowing the pasture. I spend time out on the lake with friends, or in my hammock with a book…


Which is great. But even though this has happened every year I’ve lived on the farm I still haven’t figured out how to make that a “thoughtful” break. It really is like hitting a wall in that it happens so fast I don’t see it coming, and the result is, ah, [insert sound of things blowing up here.] Yeah, basically a shitshow. So while I do end up taking some breaks (out on the lake, or hiding in my hammock with a book) a large part of that is just me averting my eyes from the disaster that is the rest of my life. (Like, let’s definitely not talk about the laundry/dishes/can’t-walk-through-the-garage aspects of my life right now.) Oh, look! A chicken and a book!


See how that works? My diversionary tactics are legendary.

Seriously though, I don’t know if in the twelve years I’ve been writing this website I ever just took a random 3 week break from posting everything, and not because I didn’t have things to post. I just got far enough behind this spring that any time I sat down to write in the last few weeks I’ve never been quite sure where to start, or, frankly, where to end… and that’s a recipe for real bad storytelling. (I can’t even stand to re-read most of the things I’ve written in the last few weeks, much less post them for everyone else to read.) But, I’m finally feeling slightly more rested and ready to get back to all the things that have been waiting for me to get my ass out of the hammock and back to work. And in an effort let you guys know what’s been going on around the farm for the last couple of months, I’m working on 5 short updates about various parts of the farm that I’ll be posting over the next week.


Don’t worry. The donkeys are keeping me in line.

from Bathroom & Home

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