Snow Fun is Ending?
On this Thankful Thursday, one thing we are grateful for is all the fun we’ve been having in the snow this winter! If you’ve missed any of our fun photos, stories, and videos, you can see them in these posts:
- Get Your Head in the Game!
- Favorite Photos Friday – I Got It!
- Monday Funday – Snow Mischief
- Watch Out!
- Appreciate the Moments Photo Challenge: Winter
- A Break from Hibernation
- Two Silly Dogs
- First Snow Fun
Due to warmer temperatures and most of our snow melting, followed by a lot of rain, our snow fun may be at an end for now. Everything is covered with ice and hard, crusty snow so it’s not safe for the dogs to be running in the yard, walking on rough terrain in the woods, or on salt covered roads. While this is disappointing, we are just happy we’ve had all this fun so far, and we’ll just hope for more snow to come and cover up all the ice. This weekend is going to be warm again so maybe the crust will soften up enough to make it safe again; we’ll see. If not, we’ll be turning to indoor games for entertainment!
Things Are Coming Together
Regular followers know that I lost my job last fall, and even though I’d love to just stay home and run the farm, financially that just won’t work right now. I’ve been job hunting, and there’s nothing fun about that! While my job hunt isn’t yet at an end, things have started happening.
I was offered a bookkeeping position but turned it down because it was more hours than I wanted and too much drive time. Trying to decide whether or not to take it helped me to narrow down what I really want and renewed my determination to hold out for that.
Right after that, I was offered another job, and this one I am taking! It’s not as many hours as I will need, but it is mostly work from home – which is exactly what I wanted!! If I can find another similar position, that might be enough. The way I found this job is a story in and of itself but suffice it to say that the way it came together told me it was “meant to be”.
Around the same time, I received a decent size order for some of my farm products I’ve been making – organic dog cookies and all-natural lip balm. I’ve been selling some of both of those, along with our eggs, on the side quite a bit (mostly to family and friends), enough to feel like these things will be worth pursuing. Egg sales are especially good, and we plan to add to our flock this spring which is very exciting!
Wait, there’s more! My sister is hiring me to paint her basement. I enjoy painting (you’ve seen my yellow door projects), and I had been telling her I was ready to start another painting project around our house. She had been planning to get her basement painted and asked if I’d like to do it! Many years ago, I painted my other sister’s garage and that was a fun summer project for a little extra income. While I’m no professional, I think I do a decent job and I’m meticulous about it. The best thing is that I’ll be able to do it on my own schedule, take my time and do it a little at a time when it’s convenient. That should occupy me for a while, help things financially, and most importantly, not take me away from the farm too much. I won’t have to go over if it’s snowing – I hate driving in the snow!
When telling a blog friend about all this last week, I came to realize that most of it came about right around the one-year anniversary of Sheba’s death last week. I can’t help but think that she is watching over us all. I also keep hearing “You Are My Sunshine” on TV, my song for her, and I know that’s a sign she’s with us. Even if you don’t believe in all that, at the very least, having all this work out around that anniversary has helped ease the sting of that.
There’s still going to be some challenging times….figuring things out and adjusting to new routines. Learning a new job can be stressful. I will have to be away from home for the training, but that should only be a few hours per week too, and only temporary.
If I can continue to sell products from the farm, hopefully in time there will be more income from that (we also got a very helpful tax write-off from starting the farm this last year!), and in time I’ll need less outside work. Once spring arrives more will be happening with that, and I think we’ll be busy around here! I’m thankful that things are starting to happen and that hopefully it will all come together in the ways I’ve hoped. Then we’ll really be living the dream.
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