There are times in life that you just cannot take anymore! One of my mother’s favorite expressions was “God never gives you anymore than you can handle.” WHAT A CROCK!
Three years of the worst drought Colorado had seen in more than 100 years. That was our first 3 years on the farm.
A goat herd going from 75 down to 42 in one spook by a coyote and dive into a train. Most of what the train took out was the babies – broke my heart the first time.
A new batch of 12-week old chicks just moved from the porch to their own space in the chicken barn. We just knew it was secure – wrong. The mama fox and her kits snuck in from the older chicken side and went on a frenzy. When it was all said, and done, the fox carried off just one older hen, and all but two of the one hundred babies were dead. I opened the door and dropped to the ground when I saw the carnage.
Purchased the greenhouse kit when we moved in, August 2000. Spent over three years arguing with the company over a stupid finally shipping/admin fee. We won the war but lost the battle. The delay cost us our savings for that project and it took till 2011 to finally get to it. As of this post it is still not complete, but it is workable.
Then in 2007 we were in the storm path. The old farmers around here say you can tell how you will do with the first good spring storm. They are right. If you are hit hard on the first, you will be hit by everyone that year, and we were. Our outside gardens – tomatoes, peppers, cucs, everything were in full fruit mode in July. One Saturday storm evening and everything was stripped to a single stalk. This also shredded our roof and window frames. It was not large hail, just the sheer force of it did the damage.
In 2014, we had the fire. April 20, Easter Sunday. It was a beautiful day. By 8pm that night our world was gone! It is very true that you never know what you have till it’s gone. A 4-year old grandson, fifty plus years of memories, pictures, tools, personal art and craft works including several things by our mother, now deceased.
Well it is 2017. AND I HAVE FINALLY HAD ENOUGH!
OH, who am I kidding, they are gonna have to bury me on this place! A person like me does not fight so hard for something to simply give up – not gonna happen!
So, for all of you that maybe fighting your own fights and contemplating quitting – don’t! Here’s a bit of advice from an old expert at it:
- Take a deep breath, hold it to the count of 10 and exhale.
- Step completely away from whatever the bad thing is that is making you think these thoughts. I mean COMPLETELY AWAY – stay at a friend, a night in a hotel, a nice country drive, anything to clear your head.
- First thing you do when you get back to your issue – start thinking of the good things you still have:
- A new home.
- Another flock of birds.
- The other Grandson is still with us.
- We are fairly healthy (just fair – not perfect – LOL)
- The sun came out yesterday (not today) and spring is in the air.
- And, Thank God I still have my sense of humor!!! Couldn’t make it through anything without it!
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY EVERYONE!!
(No, we are not selling the farm- this is where my littlest pirate watches over us all!)
Did I get you?