Well, it has been a while – again. Things are a bit nuts at the moment.
DS3 managed to salvage the tent thanks to the miracle of duct tape, but a few days ago we had sustained winds of 30 mph which bent the poles. A couple snapped, so that is that.
As much as I hate the idea, it looks like we may have to finance a storm shelter. Tornado season starts very soon, and it’s not worth the risk of not having one. The choices of cement ones range from 3″ thick to 5″ thick. Then you have stair designs to contend with. My son-in-love has Cerebral Palsy and has a bit of difficulty with stairs. The easiest one to maneuver in and out of is also the most expensive one. The stairs are low and built in versus ladder type stairs. The company also puts in a drainage base under the shelter whereas the other companies just drop it into a hole. It is 5″ thick compared to 3″ others sell and has a better warranty than most. It’s also twice as expensive as the others. I could literally buy two of the cheaper ones for the price.
Every animal we own has discovered they can get under or through the perimeter fencing on either side of our property. It’s all barbed wire. You haven’t lived until you try to get your dog out of the neighbor’s cattle pasture while their livestock guardian dog is having a major fit, and the coyotes are howling nearby. I love him dearly, but my dog is dumb enough to go off with the coyotes to play and end up as dinner. I come off as a hard person to many people, but the thought of my dog being torn apart as a meal brought tears to my eyes. I did find him 30 minutes later, got him home, and the dogs are no longer allowed to run off a restraint until we redo the fences. Basically, every four-legged critter is on lock-down.
DS3 and I had to find jobs to finance everything and pay off debt. It took a long time. There are a lot of job around here, but you also have hundreds of people competing for them. We were both hired at a little box farm store; that discount will come in handy for getting things done. Let me tell you, unloading over 20 freight trucks in 4 weeks plus stocking it all is exhausting. When we went in for training there weren’t any fixtures. By the end of day three, the set-up team had everything in place: shelves, hooks, signage – it was quite impressive. Of course, we had to fill those shelves.
Unfortunately, being away from our little farmstead has its drawbacks. We came home to a sheep that got tangled up in fencing and was slowly choking to death. It took 30 minutes to get her free with my hand holding the fence back from her neck. It’s been chilly and one day the weather report said it would be in the sixties but that day it shot up to 80. Both of us were at work and didn’t realize it until we clocked out and left the building. I drove as fast as I dared, because the camper was closed up against the cold. We came home to two very hot dogs who had drunk all their water.
Another day it was supposed to be warm, so we opened all the camper windows and vents. It rained while we were gone. Yesterday, I came home to a ewe in premature labor. The lamb wasn’t in the proper position and became stuck. I have no idea how long she was pushing before I found her. We were up to 1 a.m. trying to get the lamb out, and no vets would come out or return calls (I called all the ones in my area). We ended up losing the lamb. We knew it was premature, because it had no teeth or wool. We have no idea what set her off. That’s just a few examples out of many.
It’s a Catch-22. I need income, so I have to work. I need to be here in order to watch over things, get the farm stand, herbal office and so forth going, so I can work from here. One takes away from the other. Add in Fibro and it muddles it up even more, because I have to keep that balance between work and rest, and it’s really hard with limited resources and having to stand all day, but I’m trying.
I know it just takes time for it all to happen, and I admit I can be impatient with the process. We have a few ideas for supplementing income from home, but I’m not sure if I’ll find time to put them into motion. I won’t mention how long this post took to write (more than “days”). Our biggest stumbling blocks are time and issues like water. Time that could be spent on building is spent on laundromat, getting 50 gallons of water for the tank, etc. Having jobs increases the trips to do all these things.
We did get some seeds planted and growing, but I haven’t been able to get the bed wood bought and get the beds built, so they’re taking over the camper. Growing in the ground is not an option. I did manage to get our little farm Certified Naturally Grown, so that is one step out of the way.
We still haven’t managed to get the rainwater catchment system in place, and we’ve missed opportunities of several major storms. My birthday is next week, so I’ve requested Lowe’s and Home Depot gift cards from family. I’m off today, so I need to post this and get moving.