Why Bother?


It is funny sometimes how life works itself out, while you are trying to make other plans.  


Sometimes I think we have too much happening on our little farm, and then I think maybe we could add some goats, or some llamas, or something......




In the midst of raising two teenagers, there are cows to manage, bees to worry over, (can't help it!), hay cutting concerns, farmhouse projects, and well, the list could go on and on.  It would be easier if we chose to live in our small town neighborhood, without all of these added troubles.  

But, the joy is in the doing.  It's in the concern, the craziness, and the desire to do some things that my grandparents did.  


I think Pa Mac explains it well.  Why we bother with taking on farm responsibilities, when we could really take the easy way out.  

"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land."  

Abraham Lincoln  





Comments

  1. If you have teenagers you don't need goats they can be very similar at times and few normal fences will hold a goat or teen.

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  2. Morning Michelle, not sure why we bother. Love the scenery, so pretty, Francine.

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  3. Exactly! Exhausting and rewarding all at once. AND always wanting to add more! Great quote!

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  4. It always seems to work out one way or the other. The worries are usually outweighed by the blessings. I love Sunnybrook Farm's comment on the goats/teens..so true!

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  5. Keep up the good work I'd say. Your farm is lovely and seems like a loving and calm place to live in.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  6. always something, no matter where you live. but country living gives so many rewards. :)

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  7. You are truly Blessed to have such a beautiful farm. I think kids learn sooooo much about life when they live on a farm. Things that the city kids do not have the opportunity to learn. I call it the dream life!!

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  8. Love the video...explains it all very well.

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  9. the joy is in the doing...yes, I love that!

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  10. Exactly. My wife and I both grew up in the big city. Taught high school in a small town and created a new lifestyle for our two sons on four acres in the county. Never a second thought about any of that....:)

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  11. Agreed!
    Enjoying the GREEN views you offer... we're getting there.. can't wait to see the first leaves pop out!

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  12. So true....that's why I live on 13 acres just outside a small college town in Eastern WA. It will be hard to give up, if and when I must move to town.

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  13. I tend to envy you a little bit... :-)

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  14. My grandparents lived on a farm.. in fact both of my parents were raised on farms in Oklahoma. My parents raised US in town neighborhoods.. and the pendulum swung back with me on a farm.. but my other 3 sibs are town neighborhoods. It's very interesting to me.. but give me some land anytime and a place to breath. Love your iris and barn shot. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. I grew up on a hobby farm. My dad just farmed on the weekends and evenings, cussing and fussing over tractors, a couple pigs and a cow. and few other odd animals along the way. I love our home, but it's too close to the neighbors... You could throw a rock and it would go right through their window...
    too close.

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  16. That is an amazing quote from Abraham Lincoln. It just about says it all. Great photos Michelle!

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  17. I have just about given up on making plans. Love these shots.

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  18. It's all a lot of trouble, but we do it because we love it. Great shots.

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  19. Hi Michelle, Great pics as always. I'll bet you were out for a walk when you snapped that second photo. The countryside looks so peaceful there. Despite having a lot to do, it looks like a wonderful place to live. John

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  20. Great post. Lovely photos too! Our plans always seem to change from day to day but we learnt to just go with the flow and at the end of the day it seems to always work out. Maybe not how we wanted it, but how it was suppose too.

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  21. Your pictures and your story go along perfectly with that very wise quote!

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  22. Yes, I do wonder some days but I guess if someone has to do it then it might as well be me.

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  23. Yep some days do feel like that but we do it because there's something magically fulfilling about living in the sticks and working with our hands. I say yay to goats :)

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  24. living on a farm sounds like such hard work. i would love to live on a farm, but i could never do the work. i would love to raise alpaca!!

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  25. Good ole Abe got it right !

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  26. Your way of life sounds so wonderful. I'd like to give it a whirl at some point!

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  27. You do it because you love it.

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  28. sometimes i wonder too, but then it's all worth it right??!!!

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  29. You have the prettiest Iris blooms!

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  30. Michelle, as a previous commenter said, you do things because they give you joy and when that stops, then it might be time to change direction. And, I agree, that the Lincoln quote was perfect in the context of your post.

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  31. My guess is that you're kind of like me and my gals... which means if you weren't busy, you would be... or... if you didn't having anything to do you'd find something to do...

    Dann in Ohio

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