I’ve been in a funk. For about a month now?
I don’t want to go outside – the gnats are so bad, it’s miserable.
I don’t want to cook – it’s just more dishes.
I don’t want to eat – it’s just more cooking.
I don’t want to do ANYTHING.
But doing nothing makes me lose my mind.
So I’ve settled for mostly doing nothing.
And I’m losing my mind.
A lot of this stems from my Office Job.
I don’t.do.anything. at work. There’s simply nothing to do. And when you’ve spent hours and hours and hours and hours doing nothing, it sort of kills your spirit. Actually. It totally kills your spirit. I need a refresher. Something to snap me out of it.
A new season?
A nice, productive weekend?
A new house?
All things that aren’t achievable right now.
Proof that I’m really ‘out of it’? I just had to pause this blog post to go outside and feed half of the animals that I forgot to feed while I was out there feeding the animals.
Now I’m just flustered.
What were we talking about?
This little update might be just as much for me as it is for any of you. I have literally no idea what’s going on anymore. It’s almost June. When did that happen? Wasn’t yesterday like…March?
These last few weeks have been rough. Apparently, after 26 years of not getting it, when I get poison ivy – I get it BAD. Full body, no sleep, no relief. The weather has been crap. It rains for a week, then gets really humid and the actual ground starts getting moldy. The gnats are unbearable. One rabbit died of heat stroke, another died by escaping in the middle of the night and being eaten. Neighbors/landlords are opening and leaving goat gates open regularly. I can’t keep up with housework, farmwork, soapwork, and workwork. Honestly? The air outside actually just smells like despair….no seriously, there’s a bad smell out there.
But really, the baby animals are all growing and I find the goats spending more and more time just hanging out in the shade. I’ve got more milk than I know what to do with and learning how to make a new type of cheese. The farm is making money every month and sometimes I’m able to put a little in to the “House Savings Fund”. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m looking forward to some float trips down the river, campouts, and reading on the porch in the evenings.
The Etsy store is due to open NEXT WEEK and I’m nervous but excited to see what it becomes.
So thank you to everyone who sends encouraging words or likes a picture or a post – sometimes it’s the little boost I need to keep doing what I’m doing or I’d be tempted to sit under the porch in the filth with Trumann the Cat Panther and feel sorry for myself.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I’m basically perfect in the looks department.
I’m sure you’re wishing you knew some of my beauty tips and tricks and I’m here to help a sista out.
We’ll start from the bottom up.
- Keep your toenails painted at all times. Because you’re feet are always dirty. The brighter the color, the less people are likely to notice the fact that your pinkie toe on your left foot is literally being held on by a Band-Aid and that both of your feet are basically just dirty calluses.
- Never wear cute shoes. No one spends much time looking at your feet if you’re wearing the same pair of sandals you’ve worn every day for the last 3 summers.
- Legs. You can shave them or you can spend your time making cheese instead. The adventure is yours.
- To prevent unsightly mosquito bites, spider bites, scratches, poison ivy, and other woodland battle wounds: follow everything I do through the safety of the internet and not actually do it. There is no preventing it. You can just make better life choices than I have.
- Midsection. Work out. Or don’t. Cover it. Or don’t. I recommend you ask my friend, Kath, for advice on crop tops. Only she knows the secret.
- Arms: See Legs.
- Hands. See Legs and Arms.
- Face. Wash it when it’s gross. Don’t use your dog and cat as a pillows/face masks to avoid nighttime tick transfers.
- Hair. Just give up. In Virginia it’s too humid. Just give up. Pick out another toe nail polish and stick with that.
- Just brush your teeth twice a day, shower as needed, cover the sometimes lingering smell of goat with a nice perfume, slap on an earring or two and wear bright colors. Then everyone is drawn to your colors like a moth in a lantern instead of looking at your unsightly extremities.
My hair ALWAYS looks nice. Also. Check out that sweet goat face.
This routine takes me about 14 minutes every day. And if I can find time for all this, you can too.