Time has ran away from me the past month and a half or so. There has been lots of crazy changes go on behind the scenes and there was a time where everything just seemed so uncertain. However, as I push through to find a new normal “routine”, I’m back to the blog.
I haven’t posted on this platform in over a month and in that time we’ve:
- endured the uncertainty of the protests
- I became employed as an Occupational Therapy Practitioner which is what I went to school for 6 years to do.
- added 6 baby guineas to our micro-farm
- added 1 persimmon, 1 nectarine, and one apple tree to our land
- cleared a large spot to add our own orchard
- started harvesting more and more goods from the garden
- began canning for winter storage
- gone on a float trip with friends and family (a much needed get-away)
So yeah, in a lot of ways we’ve been super busy and in other ways i’ve been super stressed.
I actually can’t sugar coat the amount of stress I have felt through the job search process and all that entails. I cried crocodile tears of joy the day I got the phone call that I got the job.
Having a job means more money to buy more fruit trees and garden seed. Duh.
All jokes aside, I don’t think I slept for 3 weeks.
As i’ve began the transition to employment, i’ve also been learning to balance all of the things that come with not being a full-time homemaker.
It’s a beautiful thing but also incredibly exhausting.
Expanding and improving our microfarm seemed so blissful when that’s all your days are filled with. I’m learning that to really adhere to this lifestyle, you have to really really love and be passionate about what you’re doing. Everything i’ve wanted for a really long time lay before me; now I must muster up the energy to keep things running like a well-oiled machine.
Things are not currently running like a well-oiled machine. More like a rusted out, beat up pick up truck that squeals when you tried to pump the breaks. If you’re reading this and find yourself feeling the same way, I just want to let you know that it’s okay to not have everything figured out and perfectly in balance.
There is so much beauty in the chaos and that’s what i’m choosing to focus on. For instance: our transplanted fruit trees do not have transplant shock and are doing great. The fruit of our early spring labor is starting to show as we harvest bundles of green beans, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber from our garden. My husband has picked up my slack when I get home and I’m too tired to move. (team work makes the dream work, I’m here to tell ya!)
Our chickens are doing great, other than the fact that our rooster attacked me. That was not a fun time. However, I could stand to grow our flock by another 12 or so.
The pups? They live in air-conditioned heaven and really hate having a working momma.
My husband? A blessing. A true, optimistic blessing that somehow stays on the same page as me day after day, dream after dream.
I hope you are all well.
With love, Elizabeth.