Saturday, March 27, 2010

One of these days...

This past fall my husband and I started plotting our summer get away. "This year we will do it, no matter what", we said. I now understand why farmers never get to take a vacation. Another year will have to pass before we get our week long retreat. What brought me to this realization, you might be asking? There is not enough hours in the day.

Friday I had my head buried in bucket emptying every last bit of contents with in my stomach all the while cursing anything that I could have came in contact that could have possibly transferred such a vile germ. Now less than 42 hours later I am unwinding from a busy day of meeting soccer obligations, parental obligations, tending to animals, staining buildings and mowing. How does anyone even have the time to get sick much less take a vacation!?

Even simple tasks like driving to Nashville for a day of museums seems to be an inconvenience to leaving the homestead. As leaving the house for a day would have to be scheduled far in advanced. The animals would have to have their water buckets and living quarters cleaned the night before. We would have to make sure that we leave after the morning feedings are completed and arrive back home before the animals are ready to be tucked in for the night. The animals are just the small obstacle. We have gardens to turn, seeds to be planted, equipment maintenance that needs to be tended too, windows to be washed, a back porch to be painted... trust me, this list goes on and on.

My husband and I are both workers. We enjoy hard work. We can not stand to not have some sort of project going. That's just our nature.

One of these days we will figure out how to put down the hammer and nails to do something that is worth making a little extra time for, Whether it be a visit to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center or watching a Predators hockey game, spending the day at the museum or just having a day to carelessly hang our heads in a bucket....

One of these days... One of theses days we will make the time...


  1. If you find out how to make time, please let me have the recipe!

    Hope you're doing well.

  2. Hope you are feeling better. For myself... I think having animals to care for is my excuse for not going anywhere. I like it here.

  3. I have 5 dogs to care for. I have to have someone stay at my house to feed them twice a day and clean up poop once or twice a day. It's hard to get dependable help and it's not cheap. We do it anyway.
    How do you find time? You make it a priority. No garden will completely die in one week, unless it's hot. If that's the case, you use a soak hose. If it's important, you'll find a way. And sometimes, family time is worth more than ANYTHING else you could be doing. Especially to your kids. Balance is key. Take the time. You won't regret it, I promise!

  4. I am feeling much better.

    Callie, I really think that is part of my excuse too...

  5. Karen, I agree. Balance is very important... and seems to be something my family struggles with. I am hoping to change this, but trust me... its not going to be easy! :)