We had a little hiccup in our clean up plans this past week when we got hit with a bit of Jonas. We ended up with about 4" of sleet, with a nice layer of freezing rain on top for good measure. Thankfully, we didn't lose power like many did in other parts of the state. It was too cold to be without heat. But between the storm and my working my last weekend at the job, we lost some valuable time to prep for the move.
Yesterday started out well. But things happen on a homestead, it's a fact of life. Nothing major happened, but for us, it seems to always be mechanical. It's frustrating for sure.
By the end of the day, the riding mower wasn't working, the tiller quit because it overheated, and I had a headache. I woke up with it still this morning, but refuse to let it ruin this day. Sometimes, when we have days like this, I feel like I am running in circles, not getting much done. I decided to actually keep track of all that I did yesterday, to see just how much I got done in one day. I was surprised, to say the least.
6-8am: Drink coffee, wake up, play online
8-9am: Feed all animals, put the goats out on tethers
So all in all, it was a good day, minus the mechanical issues. We got a lot done, with a lot more to be done today. Sometimes it takes a reality check to realize that I am getting things done, even if it's not what I wanted to be doing.
Homesteading and setting up a homestead can be frustrating, but if you take it one day at a time, you will get there. Be flexible.
I love my life here on the homestead, but unfortunately, at this point, it doesn't provide an income to support us. The plan is for it to do that, in the next year or two, but until then, I have to work part time at an outside job.
It's a tough choice that many homesteader's, farmers, and others have to make.