Farming While Chronically Ill

The last few days have been challenging – my chronic health issues have reared several ugly heads, much like a Hydra, and so I’ve been pushing myself just to get anything done. It’s not the worst I’ve been, thankfully; there are times when I have trouble just staying awake for most hours of the day. But it’s been difficult, nevertheless.

The weather over the past two days was grey and rainy, particularly yesterday, and that didn’t help my mood. So I was grateful for the sunshine today, although I am hearing on the radio that the forecast later today calls for more rain. Mind you, I prefer having rain to drought, but it is putting a crimp on many things around here: getting the garden expansion finished, the hoop house cleaned out and recovered, getting our pasture mowed, and being able to take the goats around the yard so they can graze and forage.

Iorek
Iorek
Does grazing
Does grazing

I just got back inside from doing that last bit. The goats were delighted, our lawn needs less mowing, and I got to replenish my Vitamin D levels. I also enjoyed the pleasure of talking to one of our local crows. I tried to video this lovely bird talking to me while perched on the roof of one of our outbuildings, but the sun backlit my phone screen so badly, I ended up not pressing the record button in time before it flew away. 🙁 Hopefully another opportunity will arise soon.

Crow
Crow

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In an effort to increase my movement, I opted to walk down to the barn to do chores and to walk the goats this morning, rather than drive the UTV as I usually do.

To quote my Brain: “You are doing the right thing, Trase! It is good for you. Our body will thank you!”

Well, my Bowel laughed and laughed at that notion, very nearly causing a Warp Core Breach when I was 500 feet downhill from the house. VERY FUNNY, ASSHOLE.

I made it inside to the toilet in photo finish time, but this is one of those less glamorous moments of small farming. It still needs to be acknowledged.

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Now, to go plant some more seeds. I transplanted two trays into larger peat pots yesterday, and started two new trays of starter pods soaking, which should be good and ready by now. I just didn’t have it in me to get the new seeds started yesterday. I used up all of my spoons. So, now to get those done. I dream of a greenhouse one day, but for now, my workbench in the basement with the grow lights is getting the job done.

What’s your Spring experience been so far? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. 🙂

 

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