Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Squeezing it in.

Dealing with diminished daylight hours brings on a whole new set of challenges for us work-outside-the-home-and-still-farmstead-ers.  It means that, while I still rise at the ungodly hour of 4:30 every morning, the sun doesn't rise until after 6:30.  I putter around until it starts to get light - knitting some mornings and baking others.  This morning I cut up the brownies I made last night and made icing so I could decorate them for my farmer/neighbor's birthday (H-A-P-P-Y-B.-D.-D-O-U-G-! == exclamation point added to round out the dozen).  Then I feed the dogs and cats, slip the dogs into their classy orange vests for our walk (hunting season is upon us) and fast-walk up the road and back, and throw down my breakfast.  And since I insist on spoiling every darn creature in my care, I need to cut up apples for the sheep, dish up leftovers for the chickens and pull up clover for the rabbits whilst there still IS clover.  (I love using "whilst".)  If I am focused and fast enough, and if nothing goes amiss, I will have time to do something extra - like mulch my garlic.  Obviously, I am a morning person.  Everything goes downhill after 2 p.m.  All I need now is someone to follow me around with a camera to jazz up my posts.  Of course, if I had someone to follow me around with a camera, I would be putting that person to work and no pictures would be taken anyway!


Erin said...

I have had to live in suburbia for so long I had forgotten all about the orange dog vests! I agree about the early morning hours, i love being able to putter around before the kids get up!

Mama Pea said...

Or . . . while that someone else was working, you'd have the spare moment to take a picture that you want to now and then!

Susan said...

Erin - I love the peace of the morning. Of course, the boyz have impacted the quiet of any time of day, but I get so much done between 4:30 and 6:30!

Mama Pea - I LOVE it~! If I could only find someone who would work for peanuts - literally!