A Love Note?
Focus on the journey, not the destination.
Joy is found not in finishing an activity
but in doing it. - Greg Anderson
So! The photo above is the note my husband left me. He is taking a load of our direct marketing beef and lambs to the processor in Idaho.. Oh boy... These adventures are usually when 'something goes wrong' for me!
After I get the kids on the bus... I'll do my best to jump on the quad, take a couple herding dogs (Ernest and Lefty), then get the sheep out of the 'hot wired' pen they are in, tie up our new guard dog Duke, and move the entire herd across the ranch.. The kids depart at 6:40 am... I should start at 7am, and be done in 30 minutes, max....
Any bets on how long it takes me and what catastrophes await? Here are the possibilities:
- Quad doesn't start - because I have never driven this one!
- Sheep run off to a different field
- Sheep scatter in all directions
- Herd dogs don't listen to me, and we move sheep somewhere else
- Guard dog refuses to lead
- Guard dogs ditch the sheep and follow me back!
- I zap myself with the electric fence (not fun... one time when I did this I thought my thumb blew off!)
Like, say, the time I was given the task of getting water to ewes one twenty below December day! OK.. Maybe it was just 20 degrees.. But it was cold!! The job was to drag hoses from inside the pump house to a shed and fill water troughs... Just my luck, it was the coldest day we had that December, and just my luck, I left the pump house door open, the water froze up, and the water to the house 'quit' as well! THIS was discovered after I dragged all the hoses, to the shed, and kept undoing them one by one and turning water off and on to see which one was 'the problem'. The problem was the water was not flowing baby!!! I was sweating from my hike through the snow - back and forth, back and forth...
I'll let you know later what happens with my sheep and guard dog drive!