Working with my spouse is a mixed bag. There are days I walk around feeling blessed and grateful for this opportunity. I feel like we are on top of the world, and everything is going our way. However, there are also days I think if I have to listen to one more bad joke, am subjected to one more smart a$$ comment, or deal with his anal-retentive ways for another second that I will invoke great physical harm upon the one I adore. These feelings can change from one minute to the next. I try not to lose sight of the fact that we are living our dream, but there are days when that sight is shrouded in a fog-filled with annoyance, irritation, and an irrational desire to superglue my husband’s mouth shut.
This past weekend, I was on the upswing…mostly. I love our family because we all jump into action and work together to get things done when something needs to be done. If you are a regular reader of the blog or our social media posts, you know we are having an event here at the farm this weekend coming up. Although I enjoy hosting events like this, I also feel the need to have everything as close to perfect as possible. I look around, scrutinizing every aspect of our farm, and every tiny detail that generally doesn’t bother me turns into a significant source of irritation. In turn, this creates a long-running list in my head of things that need to be done, which creates a feeling of being overwhelmed. This is where The Bibbed Wonder and I are very much alike. However, the list of priorities could not be more different. Often it takes a heated discussion for us to get on the same page.
Once our heated discussion was out of the way, we jumped into action. Taking care of the outside details is first on our list. Mowing needs to be done, weed-eating has to be taken care of, pressure washing needs to be addressed, as well as creating a footprint of where we will host everyone. The Bibbed Wonder was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the mowing, so my considerate and capable bean volunteered to mow. She does not mow often and does not weigh enough to keep the mower running when her little butt bounces off the seat, but she weighs herself down with books and gets the job done. I took care of the pressure washing and decorating of the porch while Eric did the brush-hogging in the field. What could have taken days to complete was accomplished in one long day.
Once The Bean took care of mowing all the areas without obstructions, like the yard and the paths to the woods, I jumped on the mower and took care of the tree-lined driveway and path to the pond. Eric and I winterized the fenceline and areas around the house and will finish weed-eating and clearing the debris later this week. It is a team effort, but we get things done.
I enjoy working with my family to maintain our farm. Although I continue to see things that need to be addressed, I am proud of where we live and what we do here. More than likely, those who come to the farm will not be aware of what stands out to me and my critical eye. I also have to remember that there are only so many hours in a day and so much energy to be expelled. However, working together and following one of The Bibbed Wonder’s favorite quotes, “Many hands make light work,” we will get our farm into ship-shape condition and ready to welcome our soap family.
We are excited to see you here on the farm this weekend, and we hope you will join us. As always, dear reader, stay safe, be smart; we hope you join us for Fall at the Farm this weekend and keep washing your hands.