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A photo of Lisa and familyI have been trying to write this post now for a few weeks, maybe even a month. It's hard for me to admit failure and this post is going to be partly about my failure, but also my sanity.

We've all been rethinking our views on farming. It's getting to be too much. We have no time for anything other than the animals and our fulltime jobs.

One of my favourite pastimes is beach glass hunting. I used to go at least twice a month in the summer. I haven't been in over a year and a half. I'm constantly frazzled, I never have time for J., my garden is over run by weeds and the summer is just started! I could go on and on and on,but I'll stop here.

I'm selling two goats. I don't need Esme and Whisper. J. was upset at first, but then he realizes that it's for the best. He realizes that mommy is just a few straws short of having the proverbial back broken.

I mean honestly, I need one goat, not 4! But you can't just have one because they get lonely. So that's why I'm keeping Febe and Cindi Lou. I'm also going to try having a buck. It's going to save a lot time and money. We got Tommy a few weeks ago. He looks almost identical the Cindi Lou. It must sound like I'm contradicting myself, getting rid of 2 goats and buying another one. But I think I know what I'm doing. (I hope.)

Tommy the new Alpine goat

I mean, if I breed all four goats, where on earth am I going to put all the kids for one thing, and all the milk?

But with all that being said, we've been trying to sell them and so far no offers and I mean we are selling them cheap! So it seems I'm going to be stuck with them a bit longer.

Now on to the pigs. Some days Dave just wants to get rid of the whole lot. Of course, like me, he finds it takes way too much time. They take 80% of his time at home, then he also has to take care of his elderly parents 5 minutes away and all the maintenance of the house and farm. But he can't just get rid of them and then just get a few in the spring for meat. We get scraps from the stores and if we give that up for the winter, then we lose it for good. So that means we cannot afford to keep the pigs, because the feed here is way too expensive to keep the pigs. So the veg scraps help alot. So we have to keep them all.

One thing he's done is gotten rid of Wilbur. He was too big and getting too rough with Charlotte. So we sold Wilbur for 250$ and got another breeder for 145$. His name is George (I'll pet it and feed it and love it and call it George. lol) He's tiny at the moment, but it won't take long and he'll be ready to do his business.

George the piglet

Every once in a while I feel like I'm in the wrong line of business. I so want to stay at home with my family and farm, but it's just noy feasible. Some days my heart aches to be at home with my family. I'd love to be able to find some work from home but in this neck of the woods it's next to impossible. We even looked into opening a goat dairy farm, but it would cost at least 50k if not 100k. So that kinda took care of that idea.

Well I should stop this post here. I think I've ranted and raved enough for tonight.

cindy murphy
8/15/2010 9:58:46 PM

Hi, Lisa. I'm not a farmer, so I don't know exactly what you're experiencing. I do know, though, that it is both disheartening and frustrating when dreams don't come to fruition the way we planned. It doesn't necessarily mean that we have to admit failure. Sometimes it's just a matter of stepping back for a moment, taking a deep breath, and adjusting our plan in ways that will enable us to reach our goals. Sometimes that means constant tweaking and readjusting as we go. Wishing you the best. Cindy


lisa_8
8/13/2010 9:04:43 PM

Thank you Sherry and Indiana Searcy, Things are looking better. We finally sold the two goats to a good owner. But as far as being a sahm, that looks like it'll have to wait till I retire at the age of 85! Your comments make you realize we aren't the only ones that are over worked. All our other farmer friends one of them stays home. We both work outside of the home. So they have spare time. We don't.


indiana searcy
8/13/2010 9:50:27 AM

I am with you too. We have horses and 50something chickens and I plan on getting a few milking goats next spring. We also equate everything to a bag of feed and it keeps up in check for now. Between layoffs and jobs that don't pay much in this economy, it would be wonderful to stay home and make a living doing what you love to do...farm and be with the ones you love. I have a five year plan on doing this but first I have to go to work making wages that the people made twenty years ago in an economy with prices rising. I did get a recipe to make my own horse fly spray and it works, and I also have been making my own down food with scraps but that is very time consuming and messy. We will all get there if our hearts are willing enough. I just know it to be true. It just has to happen.


sherry 'woodswoman'
8/13/2010 9:19:50 AM

Lisa ~ Your farm sounds "normal". Farms have an ebb and flow, just like people. It's hard work ~ and non-farmers have no idea just how hard and time consuming. We raise pigs/cows/horses/goats/sheep/rabbits/chickens...and 20+ sled dogs. We equate everything to a bag of feed. Go to a movie theatre? That would be a "bag of feed". (We haven't gone in 9 years...) But for us, it is so worth it. We love being home on our farm, with those same animals we are caring for 24/7. Sounds like you want to be home more ~ I don't blame you. I'm in the same situation. I'm trying to make it happen soon... "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Have a wonderful day in the land of GRIT. Sherry Sutherby