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If I Didn't Live On A Farm...

| 1/15/2012 5:48:31 PM

A Red Pine Mountain LogoIt's 15 below this morning here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. If I didn’t live on a farm, I’d stick my head back under the covers and wait until daylight. But I live on a farm and chores are waiting.

I drag on layer after layer of clothing. No time to look in the mirror. If I didn’t live on a farm, I’d find a fabulous outfit and spend an hour or so putting on makeup and creating perfect hair. But I live on a farm and bad hair days are part of my busy life.

I open the door. Oh, it is cold. If I didn’t live on a farm, I’d grab a latte and head to the fireplace to read the morning paper. But I live on a farm where roosters are crowing, geese honking. “Hurry up!” they say.

I did it. Made myself go out into the bitter cold. Vermont winter. If you haven’t experienced it, you don’t know what you’re missing. The cold is so intense the mountains actually shimmer. Just for a moment, I didn't want to go outside but I live on a farm and animals depend on my care.

If I didn’t live on a farm, I’d call some friends, suggest brunch and a visit to the museum but I live on a farm and there are stalls to muck, coops to clean, eggs to gather.

If I didn’t live on a farm, last week I would have been busy at work, stuck in an office, gazing out the window from time to time. But I live on a farm and my windows are made of pine trees framing mountain vistas.

2/3/2012 4:40:29 PM

Loved the prose and your photos! You swept me away!

1/23/2012 6:30:30 PM

Kimberly, thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them! I hope you get to bring your horse home this spring. I had to have my barn in place too and I remember how impatient I was for that big day. Exciting times are ahead for you. Thanks again so much!!!

Kimberly Nash
1/22/2012 5:10:15 PM

I stumbled upon this wonderful blog during a search on barn building. I live in NH, it is VERY cold here too! So far I only have chickens, and a dog, but am working on bringing my very first horse home this spring (I hope!) It all hinges on the barn building. I love your photos, they are gorgeous. You have articulated so well here, the reasons why these beautiful acres and these creatures make life complete!

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