This pandemic has affected us all in many ways, some far worse than others obviously. Today we are most thankful for our health (knock wood); I say as long as we can stay healthy, the rest of this is just inconvenient.
For us here on our little farm, not really much has changed anyway. As a shy introvert, I could be the poster child for social distancing on any given day (and Luke too)! I do have my close group of family and friends, who I miss spending time with. I had a weekend trip to Maine planned with my sisters and girlfriends this month, and I am sad to miss that. I have a big project in the works (I will be filling you in on that in another post) that will make it impossible to get away this summer, thus we were trying to get our trip in before that.
I am still moving forward with said project, though it has been slowed down by all of this. But I still have things I can do for it, which are keeping me busy as I do have more free time. For us, our schedules have kind of dropped back to where they were not long after hubby and I lost our jobs a couple of years ago. He was working a ton of hours at a new job trying to get things settled, and I was mostly at home with very little outside work.
We are back to that point again – I don’t have much outside work, and he is working a lot of hours. The Dadz is a meat cutter and manages the meat departments of two small local stores. The bigger grocery stores in the area have been running out of many things, and his smaller stores are picking up that slack, and demand has been quite high.
We made the decision I would not go grocery shopping (there are far more cases of Covid19 away from our small towns where all the big stores are) unless absolutely necessary, so hubby also has to bring things home from work about every day! But I’m also using things up in the freezer and cupboards as much as we can too.
Therefore, I try to pick up some of the slack at home as much as I can, the same as I was doing two years ago. But life on the farm goes on pretty much as normal. With spring weather finally moving in, I have my daily walks with Luke, yard cleanup has begun, and I’ve been starting seeds in the house to get ready for planting and selling in late spring. Soon early vegetable seeds will be going in the ground (we may have one more snowstorm to contend with this week though).
Mother Nature doesn’t seem to know about all this craziness in the world right now, and the wood frogs in our seasonal ponds have started their chorus! The frogs, wood frogs and then peepers, are my favorite part of spring. It’s exactly what I need to try to keep my mind off worries about our health and finances. You can watch our short video below to hear their happy voices!
These are the times I’m extremely thankful we have our little farm. And guess what? Our hens seem to know that there is somewhat of an egg shortage out there, and they’ve been producing accordingly. We just had our best day ever with over 20 eggs in that basket!!
Next up, we’ll be trying to see if we can get one of our hens to hatch some chicks. We’re so excited about a new experience, and that will be a welcome distraction at this time too! That will be a sure sign that life truly does go on.
How are you coping with all of this craziness?
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