I had so many pictures, it made sense to just put them into a slide show – check it out at the bottom of this post!
I was thinking it would be fun to write a post about how busy the springtime is – that was two weeks ago! As I thought about what I wanted to write, it was important to me that a post about busy-ness didn’t sound like a post that was complaining. Being busy with farm chores is a different kind of busy than the rest of my life. Sure the work never ends, but there is rarely a rush to complete things. The goal is to complete as much as you can squeeze in until you lose daylight, then go to bed, and start again the next day.
So often my work life is the other kind of busy. It’s the kind of busy that’s rushed. As a teacher I am constantly gauging what needs to be covered and by when. I am frequently eyeing the clock, do I have enough time to get through everything today? There are emails to respond to and forms to fill out and these need to be done, usually, within a day or two. There are meetings to attend as well. And grading – there’s always grading. The busy I feel at work is similar to the farm – more to do than I can accomplish in one day – but the urgency is different. It’s more emotionally draining.
Farm work is a steady busy. Additionally, farm work can be prioritized, while at work, it often seems that everything must be done now. As long as everyone gets fed and watered, I can consider farm work “done” for one day. Work life, as you all know, can rarely be boiled down to just the basics. And farm work is therapeutic. I can see the results of my labor and I fall into bed with a feeling of clear accomplishment.
Anyway, here are the tasks at hand this spring…
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