A Peaceful Place


| 4/11/2016 10:33:00 AM


Tags: Backyard chickens, Backyard farm, Homesteading, Gardening, Candance Johnston,

Candance JohnstonMy peaceful moments are pretty rare. Not that I have a miserable life or I’m completely unhappy. Like forty zillion other people, I get up four days a week, commute an hour to a high stress job where I start working the minute I sit down at my desk and usually don’t stop until I finally get up to leave, trying to meet what oftentimes feels like completely impossible deadlines. Then I get back in my car and commute an hour/hour and a half home. By the time I reach my house, I have just enough energy to feed the animals, warm up a bowl of whatever leftovers are in the fridge and collapse into bed around 8:30.

For the last few months, my Friday work-from-home days are really all that have kept me going because that commute is exhausting. I'm not complaining, though (even though it really sounds like it). It's all part of adulting and, as most adults know, adulting isn’t the most fun. But, my bills are paid and I am employed, which is more than a lot of people have right now. So, even though it’s not the greatest situation, I’m thankful. And super excited because now I have one more thing to look forward to at the end of the week.

Spring is springing in Texas.  The days are warm and longer, and that means through September my weekends will be spent in my peaceful place: my little backyard "farm.”

I don’t think I realized how much I missed being outdoors and really spending a lot of time with my plants and animals until we had our first beautiful weekend a few weeks ago.  I spent almost 12 hours outside getting my garden beds ready and tilling up a large section of the yard so we can expand our garden and have the "farm" we've wanted for a couple of years. I’ve never tilled anything in my life and that is seriously hard work! It hurt to close my hands for like three days and my blisters were pretty darn impressive — but so was my handy work with the tiller! 

tilling
My first time tilling.

I turned the soil in all my raised beds and tore down the chicken wire that did nothing to keep my chickens out of the beds. My husband, Nathan, and I replaced it with a real chicken proof design, complete with a door so I can actually get into the bed to pick my produce and weed. We were even able to plant our produce that has an early spring harvest:

NebraskaDave
4/11/2016 6:07:03 PM

Candance, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I'm not sure how you have the energy to work in the garden after four days at the office and one day at home. I'm retired and garden a vacant lot that I purchased from the city from the foreclosure Website. It is my fifth year gardening and it's my sanctuary. I have major wildlife issues and have built fences to control them. I have to deal with deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, groundhogs, possums, and squirrels. So I have to deal with critters that can dig, jump, climb, and do almost any thing to get to what they want. I hope to see more of your garden experiences. ***** Have a great day in the garden.





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