This weekend we spent wrapping up farm work. The wagons have been congregated to one area, the combine was hosed off and put away, the sounds of the chopper and the ripper still can be heard. The littles spent time helping dad around the farm doing odds and ends that have been abandoned during the peak of harvest. Here’s a recap from this weekend:

  1. As a stay at home mom that works from home, it’s really hard to get a moment to yourself. When the husband offers you alone time, even if it means in a tractor going in circles for hours, you take it! There’s something peaceful about just being out there, alone, with bare ground and blue skies. I actually get a moment to think, to breathe and to sing as loud as I want along with the radio. It’s amazing how a few hours of serenity can calm your soul.
  2. Mister has a new pet, a tiger salamander or “mud puppy” as we call them. It’s slimy, gross and keeps staring at me. I am so thankful that he has a huge loving heart for all living things but this reptile is causing my blood pressure to go through the roof. I keep reminding myself that Mister will only be little for so long, this stage is temporary… right?
  3. Back to farm wife duties, I did drive the tractor on the road for the first time. Let’s be honest, I’m actually a great driver, I am accident free but that’s also because I avoid ackward parking situations (such as parking by too many cars, tend to stick next to safe zones like the cart racks, don’t really drive in big cities, and don’t get me started on parallel parking) and I drive a mini van. I sound like a 80 year old. Driving a tractor is a whole new ball game. Other drivers do not care that you’re on the road despite that you’re much bigger than they are. Naturally in the short drive I had to take I encountered a semi and a car. The worst was pulling into the farm yard. I knew that if I hit the chopper on anything I was good as dead. Long story short, it was terrifying. In my normal day to day activities, I don’t really do much that gets the adrenaline pumping like it did on that gravel road in the tractor. I did it, I didn’t wreck. It was a smile reminder that I can do things that are not in my comfort zone, I am able to learn new things, and the next time I need to pull the tractor into the farm yard that I will call my husband!!

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