It’s coldy cold today and heading even colder (-18) tonight. The ducks are bedded down, but one lady duck who had frozen feet is in the shower recuperating, I hope she can regain her strength, but regardless I didn’t want to just leave her out in the subzero temps. It is brutal out there and I am amazed that any animal can handle this weather. I watch the crows, little nuthatches and sparrows, wild turkeys and chickadees moving about in our Wisconsin Arctic time with awe and wonder.
After an extremely stressful last week when we had BOTH the USDA and a building inspector show up unannounced, my trip to BC to attend my Uncle’s wedding can’t come soon enough. I cannot wait to see my family, it has been over 7 years. I’m feeling pretty stressed, defeated and up against the big guys. I don’t think stress kills you, but it might contribute to an early death if it is not handled well. How to manage and deal with this kind of stress? Please tell me.
Because of last weeks uninvited and unexpected “visitors,” Andrew had to reschedule his vacation time until after I return, so I also haven’t had the uninterrupted writing time as I’d hoped. I really want to get my book manuscript done this winter. We have to continue to roll with the punches, and that’s what’s hard, it has been punch after punch after punch, for 5 years now. Living is hard, being an adult is hard, and farming is a hard profession to succeed in when you have so many monkeys on your back. I’ve been trying my best to roll with the punches, and of course there is all kinds of wonderful in between, so I will continue to focus on that. Spring is right around the corner, it really is. Even if we get snow storms in May, spring will come.
Despite the horrible last week, I AM making progress on my book project which feels fantastic. I also just posted this recipe on our farm website. If you want a really awesome recipe for Cuban Pork Chops, check this out. http://ltdfarm.com/?p=4486