Roughing it on the farm
For the past two weeks, nearly three weeks, I have been at my daughter's farm. We have been helping her out as she suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). One of the effects of EDS is joints and bones popping out of place. Her legs also are turning in so her knees nearly touch when she walks. She has had a surgery in which they broke both of her legs and straightened them, but they are now (three years later) growing back in on themselves.
She has many challenges, like dislocating her shoulder nearly every day or sneezing and dislocating a rib. But to look at her and her active life you would never know anything is wrong with her.
She runs her farm—she has 47 goats, about 100 laying hens, ten turkeys, 20 ducks and 40 rabbits—she raises her three kids (five when her boyfriend's kids are home), she home schools the kids and attempts to keep everything going.
Oh, and just because she didn't have enough problems, she is also dealing with cancer.
But sometimes, things come apart. . . .
My daughter used to be a very good housekeeper. With doing all the other things in her life, her house often suffers from the lack of care.
Now, some people might say that she should concentrate on keeping her house clean rather than running a farm, but you see, my daughter is living on borrowed time. Her life expectancy is normal, but as her disease affects more and more of her bones and skin and joints, her ability to do things that she enjoys changes.
There will come a day when she is able to do fewer and fewer of the things she enjoys.
Anyway, it took us about a week to clean her house. There were several weeks worth of dirty dishes (her boyfriend is an over-the-road truck driver and is only home one weekend a month). There was dirty and clean laundry stacked to the ceiling and nary a place to sit in the house. Toys were mixed in with clothes and other assorted items.
After we got it cleaned, it was then a matter of reminding the children that they could clean up after themselves!
Anyway, it was a challenge to say the very least.
Once that part was done, we then had my spouses parents who came to visit.
We all stayed out at my daughter's farm in our campers...
That is another story altogether! LOL That is kind of why I say we were "roughing" it on the farm.
I had sketchy Internet when I had it. I used up my phone's hot spot for the month in two days of work. I felt dirty and wobbly from the camper being slightly off kilter.
A Good Time Was Had By All
In spite of the rooster "attacks," goats that were escaping and fainting, stepping in chicken and other animal "stuff" and enduring flies and mosquitoes, a good time was had by all.
The cousins got to play together while us adults were able to spend some quality time talking and catching up face-to-face.
Yes, there were some concerns about COVID-19, but for the most part, we just spent time together and enjoyed one another's company.
I worked remotely from the camper and was thankful that I could do that. Prior to COVID-19, I would have had to been working in the office and that wouldn't have been much fun!
Spending time with family has made me appreciate all the good things I have in my life, that is for certain. I appreciate my home a lot more, too!
Having the limited connectivity while at my daughter's farm, made me really miss the interactions at Wealthy Affiliate.
It is so good to be home again!
Hoping you all have a productive week.
With 2020 vision,