Frustrations and Fortune

Cheryl Locke

12/13/20201 min read

Woke up at 5 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep - too much farm stuff running through my head.  Right now, it's barn and pastures.  Our new barn is about half up. Once it's completed, we need to reconfigure all of the pastures and now that it's too late to move the barn, I'm not sure how we're going to do that.  We need a separate mom and calf pasture, separate male and female alpaca pastures and the big pasture for the other cows and horses. And we need water in all of those different pastures, which of course we don't have. Oh, and I need a place to milk.  I think we can probably make a place to milk fairly easy in the mom and calf pasture, but it would mean a new structure.  Money, money, money...and I want to retire someday!

And just when I start to get really frustrated, I remember just how lucky I am.  I have a job I love.  I am healthy enough to take care of the animals that mean so much to me.  I have a family, friends and a wonderful support network (can you tell I'm a psych nurse?). I have a husband who works his tail off helping me keep things together and taking care of all those big jobs I wouldn't have a clue how to start and who supports me with his whole being.  I have you all, the supporters of the farm, who share our space, ooh and aah over the babies, cry over the losses, share in our hopes and dreams, and journey down the path with us at each new step.  Whether it's building a poop drying table, training milk cows, or getting Harley Quin's picture into every house in America, we have hopes and dreams - and gratitude.  And that's a lot.  Certainly enough to carry me through the frustrations that are because I am so fortunate! 

I hope this scans ok.  Trying to blog at 5 am is probably not my smartest move.  :)  I hope all of you have a joyous Sunday and find something in your day to be grateful for.  We are certainly grateful for you!