It’s A Good Thing

… I like work. There is so much of it.

Above, Flossie and the geese supervised yesterday for the ninety minutes I mucked the barn between other chores.

I remind myself often that I’m very lucky to be busy and needed. There is no danger I will sit around aimless and depressed. I also think that it is helpful that I know so much history. When I find myself hankering for a break — a bit of “me time” — I am aware this is a concept that would have been unknown to most people in the last millenium.

I do hope I can get to a point where Sundays can be a quiet day of church and re-centering. I am going to try to get us to the candelight Christmas Eve service tonight.

Lucy is still sick. I have taken her to the doctor; it is flu. Though she had a flu shot in the fall, the shot was bungled this year and was useless. The doctor told us she would have a fever for a week and then a lingering cough for two more. Huddled in blankets, coughing and blowing her nose, Lucy’s mood has been miserable. She is supposed to go to ski team trials on Tuesday night. We shall see.

I cut down a small balsam for a Christmas tree; it’s so scrawny DH thinks it can only manage one string of lights and 1/4 of our ornaments. Still, we will decorate it today, and next year I’ll pick out a tree months ahead of time. I wired the old stereo and the 90s CD player temporarily in the living room. Unfortunately I cannot locate the box with our Christmas music. Few places sell CDs any more, but I did find Frank Sinatra at the drugstore for $4.99. Young Frank sounds uncannily like Bing Crosby, our favorite Christmas carol crooner, so we’re set. I picked up the repaired truck and today I will pump up the low tires and take all the trash of the last two weeks (currently piled on the porch) to recycling. I am thawing our turkey in the kitchen sink. I am wrapping presents and packing a basket to take to Jon, Amanda, and baby Ami next week. I have hung tarps from the basement ceiling joists and behind it, I am working on a homemade surprise for DH and Lucy.

Snow is lightly falling and Christmas is coming! We are blessed!

7 Responses to It’s A Good Thing

  1. I can tell you first hand from experience……if you put Jesus first in your life, family second & everyone & everything last, you will accomplish “much more” when everything is “said and done”. God bless you!…………..PS: I so very much enjoy your posts everyday and miss them very much when you miss a day or two.

  2. I was also wondering…..your post was entered Saturday morning….but it is not emailed me until the next day….do you happen to know why this is???

    • adkmilkmaid says:

      This one is easy! I started it Saturday morning (and saved it, which dated it) but didn’t finish until this morning, when I posted it! Have a merry Christmas!

  3. Viv says:

    Merry Christmas and congratulations on getting into your home and welcoming a grandchild. I thank you for your goose flock notes and pictures. We have sheep, geese and chickens too (because I need quiet Sundays, I gave up our Belted Galloway’s and a friend raises our Tamworth pork); seeing how you move the geese around the sheep, in a small barn setting is helpful to me.
    Happy New Year from a long time reader.

  4. Ned says:

    “I am aware this is a concept that would have been unknown to most people in the last millenium.”

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who looks at things from a historical perspective. I do take a little me time but it usually consists of reading. The idea of idle time really doesn’t appeal to me and my vacations are stay-cations because there aren’t many places I’d rather be than on the farm with my animals.

    It is my opinion that our prosperity following WWII has created a spoiled society with little knowledge or even care for what past generations endured or thought was important. I would even say the TV and air conditioning has made us lazy.

    I love reading about your antique stereo equipment. Reminds me of my wife. She frequents the antique stores and has an old record player and an 8 track stereo that she plays from time to time. I think she may even have some old 78’s that are in pretty good condition.

    After retiring from the Air Force in 2003 I drifted from the church. Not intentional but I just never had the time while growing the homestead and working in town 5 days a week. Oh, I went a half dozen times over the years to different churches in the area but something just didn’t feel right. I thankfully found a small country church last month that truly fit. The moment I walked in I could feel it and by the time the service was complete I knew I had found a new church home. I didn’t realize how much I missed and needed it. So, unless there is an animal emergency, Sunday mornings and evenings the homestead becomes priority #2.

    Charlie Brown trees need love too. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and Lucy recovers quickly so you both can see the new grandbaby.

    • adkmilkmaid says:

      Ned, I’m so glad you found your church. I have often searched, too.
      Thoughts of history are always with me and keep me balanced, particularly when I want to feel sorry for myself for some petty reason. It helps to know what real struggles are.
      Happy New Year to you and yours!

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