Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Just Do

I'm just back from feeding all the meat birds in their tractors, checking on the pigs, and making sure that the goats have had plenty of feed and fresh water. This was a chicken/pig/goat chore trip. That's one way to make sure those three things are settled in for the evening without feeling overwhelmed to take on all the chores at once. I'm back inside to finished some writing goals for the day, including updating this blog, and then I'll be back outside to check on the sheep, horse, and rabbits. I like this system of small jobs and rewards outside when work is done inside. It's a balance that suits me.

The farm can be overwhelming at times, but only when I let my whelm take me over. When I plan, when I do things one at a time, when I cross things off the list in my head - things get done. A lot of people confuse the dread of work that needs to be done with the actual doing of things. It's a lot harder to fret about tasks than to do them. So I stopped fretting. I just do.


Blogger Goose Goose said...

Hi Jenna. I didn't get my Chicago job-(thankfully b/c I was feeling the shell-of-a-person for pursuing it.) Part of me felt that I had too many animals that I am dedicated to to change my location and travel behavior.

That being said, though, I imagine your rehoming your bunnies and selling various animals, and that gave me the courage/ motivation to sell mine. Not all, but a few. My goslings went to what was reported to me as a 5 acre place with kids and a donkey. My ducklings went to: a kid in 4H; a brand new, getting-into-it hobby farm family; and a farm family involved in the oil business and farming-ish. My baby bunnies, who are the nicest-most-snuggliest bunnies on the entire planet have been sold, well, spoken for. Here's the ad I placed:

"First, I posted bunnies for $20, then $15, then FREE and was flagged for giving FREE animals away.

Then, I posted bunnies for $5 but was challenged because I don't have a picture of them. (I don't use a smartphone or camera phone)

So, I want to share with you all about my bunnies.

The mama is 8 months old. She was bred when I got her, and that is why she has 2 babies, one tan/ one blue/gray. All three have blue/gray eyes(mama is tan). I was told she is a Satin.

I read about the House Rabbit Society. I read they are very affectionate, so I spoil them with affection and let them out 2x a day to free range for one hour each time, while I'm having coffee or playing with my other animals.

They are so nice, my family doesn't want me to sell them.

I don't have a picture, but I can bring the one you might be interested in to a store or public place so you can meet them. Thanks to the questions and doubts, the prices are back up to the original. $20 for babies, $30 for mama."

This may help me in my 'release of energy' allowing me to make changes in order to get a new job. I have a feeling this may help. I still have a few animals, in fact, I am finally down to the "legal" number allowed in town.

I like that you separate your chores into smaller bites. It will keep you sane. Keep up the good work.

July 21, 2015 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

Teach me your ways, o wise one.

July 21, 2015 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

"Do one thing, then another..." is what I often repeat to myself in these too-much-to-do days!

July 21, 2015 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

I'm procrastinating - should be getting busy with housework, and making up beds ready for UK guests flying in to visit later this week, but instead I'm sucked into computer world taking a trip down memory lane - all over your blog!

I just rewatched your first video for when "Made From Scratch" was released (using the Youtube link on the right hand side of the blog page) and you were just starting out with 3 sheep. And I quote.... 'little steps are the way to get started in homesteading' - yesterdays post seems like you are still reaping the rewards of homesteading by breaking up the 'to do' list into multiple little steps!

Then of course the next link was for your 'First Year' video, which always leaves me feeling a bit teary, but happy.

It must be very time consuming to do, but have you ever considered making another summary video, now you are at the Farm full time, and have added goats, a Fell Pony etc - hopefully you already have footage you could use from all the vlogs, and photos posted since 'First Year' was made. I really do enjoy watching that stuff.

Also, I always wondered why the side of the blog where you list 'My Books' only shows a few of them, no Barnheart, no One Woman Farm, no mention of you featuring in Greenhorns. With new readers finding you all the time via books, Youtube videos etc, people coming to the blog to find out more about you may have no idea you have those additional books out there for purchase.

OK, now I'll switch the computer off, and do my vacuuming - my reward - like yours mentioned in this post - afterwards I'll head outside for some chicken coop clean up, although officially I guess it's 'a chore' listening to the noises 'the girls' make while they're busy pecking and scratching and getting them all set up with nice fresh wood shavings and straw, finding freshly laid eggs in the nest boxes, it doesn't feel like a chore.

July 22, 2015 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

(*(*(*(*(*( YIPPEE*)*)*)*)*)*)
I just sold the sweetest sisters, Satin bunnies.
The money I get from them goes to buying a new-to-me-soon-to-be-retired doe AND the breeding of that doe and my doe. (from the person I orig got my doe.)

I am in luv with bunnies now. She has the nicest line of bunnies. It doesn't even matter to me if they are purebred or whatever. Their demeanor is sublime. (I might even buy some of her $10 special baby bunnies. My gawd what am I getting myself into?! :) (*though she says her sire is purebred.)

July 22, 2015 at 1:42 PM  

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