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I’m often asked what a typical day looks like when you’re both living and working on a Homestead. Well I can say in all honesty that it’s NEVER boring! It’s funny how it’s near impossible to plan with certainty what a day in our lives will look like. There are so many variables like weather, cattle illness, fence issues, etc.
But c’mon and tag along today & I’ll show ya what a typical day looks like for us here in our Texas paradise.
RancherMan & I have been thinking about getting a dog for quite a while now. We haven’t had any pets for many years and the hankerin’ to get a pooch to hang around the ranch with us has been quietly whispering in our ear for years. We’d talked about it many times but I’m allergic to pet dander so the type of dog we ended up with needed to be more than cute and lovable, it needed to be a lower allergy breed like a poodle, a schnauzer or a terrier.
And I wanted a dog small enough that it could be in inside dog. And I wanted it to have what I’ve always called ‘puppy eyes’. RancherMan preferred a dog that wasn’t too small to comfortably be outside roaming with him. He didn’t want a young puppy and he preferred it to be a female. So there ya go – our long list of requirements!
We purchased our piece of NE Texas paradise back in 2000. It was in pretty rough shape but I could see its potential and the property itself really spoke to my heart. Once I learned that the crumbling 1880’s barn was part of this property the deal was all but sealed!
RancherMan & I had the barn’s exterior refurbished, leaving the interior intact. We’ve had ponds, fences & cross fences built, revitalized pastures and spend numerous days clearing these dang Honey Locust trees. (we call them Satan trees, I’m pretty sure that’s where they came from!) It’s fun to envision the family that must have lived here, and several months ago I wrote about the Evidence Of A Past Homestead.
But in the fall of 2012 we purchased a remote pasture about 10 minutes away from our own homestead to hold our stocker cows. Again, that property was in somewhat of a shambles. But again it held an 1880’s barn, albeit in dire need of repair. RancherMan & I are determined to refurbish this old barn and property the same as we did with our first one. (I’m seeing a pattern here…)
When RancherMan & I left the corporate workplace years ago to live & work here on the ranch we were thrilled that we were no longer bound to the traditional 9-5 schedule. Of course as anyone who has gone into business for themselves knows, many MANY more hours than the standard 40 goes into our workweek now that we are our own boss. But at least it’s our own schedule.
We joked for years about how at our young age we were able to ‘retire’ from corporate America. But that flexibility is often viewed as wide-open availability since others know we don’t have to be at the office by 8 am each morning. One by one other obligations slowly crept into our lives. And suddenly there just weren’t enough hours in the day…
A few years ago Northeast Texas was hit with a whammy of a winter storm. Some areas got snow, some got sleet, still others got rain. We got ICE. And lots of it.
Our homestead was hit hard and the ice accumulation was so heavy that we listened fearfully in the dark while many trees came crashing down all night long as the storm raged on. The next morning at first light we tentatively stepped out into what looked like an icy war zone.
Even though the trip away was fun, there’s no place like Home Sweet Home!
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We had the good life alright. We lived in Dallas and had a nice home, wonderful children, promising careers and all that qualifies for the good ‘ole American life in suburbia. Our children excelled in school and had many friends. We were in close proximity to entertainment and restaurants, museums and parks, movie theaters and concert halls.
But we found ourselves in a stagnant rushed daily pattern of get up / go to work / work all day / come home / try to live life. It seemed we were stuck on a pattern of rush – shower – sleep – REPEAT! It felt like we were doing the same thing every day and we no longer felt fulfilled. When our children graduated high school and went off to begin their own lives, we really began to feel even more out of place. We wanted something more.
When my children were growing up and wondering what they would do for a career after they were out of school, I advised them not to follow the money but instead to do what they love for a living and they’d never ‘work‘ a day in their lives.
It was an old wisdom phrase I’d heard many years ago. Although it’s true you’ve still got to pay your dues sometimes, the wisdom in that statement really does hold true. And I’ve found it’s never too late to reach for your dream.
I absolutely love the stillness of a crisp fall morning here on our NE Texas ranch.
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