For the first time in maybe six or seven years, I’m taking a full week off of my day job. This week. Spring basically picked me up and has been slammed me around like a rag doll for the last couple of weeks… I can’t get my bearings, I can’t see three or four steps ahead to what I should be doing next, I can only put my head down and barrel through the work that is right in front of my face.
The good news is, I love the work. Every second of it. The bad news is, I spend a lot of time wandering around the house sans pants with one sock in my hand trying to figure out what the hell I should be doing next. It’s humbling.
The plan for this week was to tackle some of the big projects on my list like getting all of the raised beds in the garden set up, landscaping around the property, putting in about 3 different fences– the donkey pasture, the garden fence, and a fence around the propane tank– then getting the back field mowed, taking care of the jungle that sprung up overnight around all three barns, and clearing out the rest of the junk pile.
I hauled about 3000 pounds of planting mix in on the trailer to fill the garden beds….
And I researched and bought the first round of plants for the garden around the house…
And then this happened…
What. The. Eff.
Yesterday I had a mild
panic attack pity party about this. Then I gave myself a little talking-to that may or may not have included the term “fucking wuss” and I went outside in the pouring rain and spent a couple of hours doing this.
Turns out I am not, in fact, made out of sugar.
I didn’t melt even a little.
So I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the rain this week, and when I’m tired of getting soaked through to the bone, it turns out I have a ton of projects to finish inside the house too. Like maybe sweeping up all of the chicken feathers in the living room… I could totally do that.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go cut a hole in a trash bag so that I can wear it around like a poncho– which, let’s be honest, isn’t the weirdest thing my neighbors have seen me do.