Sunday, January 24, 2010

part 1

Well, I am strongly rethinking the ARK thing tonight. I am pretty sure that I own 2 of 1/2 the species on this continent . At least it feels that way at feeding time:)
We have gotten the most rain that I can remember in 20 years. Our drive is washed away and the kennel partially flooded.We have 14 inches of gravel piled up at the bottom of the hill.
All the critters are a bit miffed I'm sure but are fine. The tornadoes passed over without touching down. I had planned to start my seed shopping list tonight but am a bit reluctant.
Anyway, for those who are interested I have provided the link to the first part of Dig Another Well. This is a study that shows that Issac was exposed to the same trials that we are today.
When times are tough and we are feeling down its easy to forget all our blessings that we do have.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dig Another Well

Dig Another Well.... Some of you might think that I have lost my mind entirely thinking of well digging after this past year of down pours and flood! You might say how about an ARK! There have been times that that has crossed my mind. On one hand, I remember not too distant years of doubt when we all BEGGED for rain. Even our Governor sent out pleas to God to sent rain to our parched earth. We cried, we ranted, we cursed but there was not one thing that we mere mortals could do but sit and wait. Then came the rains that we have screamed for! Boy, the rain came!! Now that we have what we implored of God it is not the right amount to please us LOL! I always say its not the rain that is the problem it is the MUD.
That being said it is becoming increasingly clear how after years of drought followed by these floods we are brought literally to our knees. Farmers have lost crops that shriveled on the vines and then crops rotting and topsoil washed away as the rains swept in.
Anyone that has been around me for very long knows how much I love Paul Overstreet. I have really been thinking of Issac lately and the song "Dig Another Well". I feel compelled to share these with you .

Well Ike had a blessing from the Lord up above
He gave him a beautiful woman to love
A place to live and some land to farm
Two good legs and two good arms

Well the devil came sneakinG around one night
Decided he would do a little evil to Ike
Figured he would hit old Ike where it hurts
So he filled up all of Ike's wells with dirt

And when Ike went out for his morning drink
He got a dipper full of dirt and his heart did sink
But he knew it was the devil so he said with a grin
God blessed me once and he can do it again.
He blessed me once and he can do it again.

So when the rains don't fall and the crops all fail
And the cows ain't puttin' any milk in the pail
Don't sit around waitin' for a check in the mail
Just pick up the shovel and dig another well.
Pick up the shovel and dig another well.

Now me and old Ike got a lot in common
The Lord blessed me with a beautiful woman
He gave me a job he gave me a home
He gave me a well to call my own.

Now when I go out for my morning drink
And get a dipper full of dirt my heart does sink
But I think of old Ike and I have to grin
Cause God blessed me once and he can do it again.
He blessed me once and he can do it again.

When the rains don't fall and the crops all fail...
And the cows ain't puttin' any milk in the pail
Don't sit around waitin' for a check in the mail
Just pick up the shovel and dig another well.
Pick up the shovel and dig another well.

--- Instrumental ---

Well, the good book says Ike finally won
(Pick up the shovel dig another well)
The devil got tired and he left him alone
(Pick up the shovel dig another well)
All I know someday I'm gonna win too
(Pick up the shovel dig another well)
'Cause the good book tells me what to do
(Pick up the shovel dig another well)
Pick up the shovel and dig another well.

Pick up the shovel and dig another well.
Pick up the shovel and dig another well...

After reading these lyrics thru a couple of times please check back to read part 1 of a 3 part series on trials and job difficulties . God equips us with what we need ; if we have the fortitude to use it.
The Bible written even hundreds of years ago still has answers, if we seek them....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year -New Plans

2010 ! That looks strange when I actually write it. It seems like a sci fi movie title from 30 years ago. I am from the generation that Star Wars bloomed. While I am definitely not a Treky, I d0 know a few that are:)
As the New Year rolled in the Arctic air came with it. I love cold weather! Everything seems to be fresher. The stars sparkle at night a little brighter and there is always the anticipation for the coveted precipitation.
On the other hand, I do have more concern for my animals well being. Even though,we break ice they don't seem to drink enough. Reduction in milk given is an indication that their bodies are using resources for keeping warm. I do try to make sure that they have what they need but I am always watching for stress. We will be swarmed with new babies in about 3 more weeks so I am in frenzy to be ready.
2009 brought with it a different kind of stress for many folks including myself. The economy has begun to take it's toll on most. I am pondering every purchase a little longer and less productive animals are being put on the "to sale" list. The idea that they must add back to their cost has me finally pushing myself a little harder to go Grade A. We already function as a dairy for all intent but the certification would bring new costs initially in equipment and buildings. So for the next few weeks I will try to weigh the pros and cons of this emerging idea.
I know that my life will always involve animals and farming so it is not the 24/7 that concerns me. I love what I do and will always strive to self sustain. It is the strange new Government that is frighening. I have never been more concerned about the future of America. I am unsure of where this administration intends to take us but I have the little gut instinct that tells me that it is not good. I feel a bit queasy.
Oh, how I wish that Aesop's Fables were still in our school studies. I am always preaching to my children that "many hands make light work". I adhere to the 'Little Red Hen' theory. It seems that those in power do not. They insist on rewarding laziness with the earnings of those who work! Well,even the Bible says "2 Thes 3:10 Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: "Whoever does not work should not eat." I guess if you don't believe in the Bible you might need to read the 'Little Red Hen'! I'll be damned if I am going to bust mine and continue to have it stolen away and squandered on vermin.
My New Years Resolution is to FIGHT back! I am not sure exactly how to do it, but this gal has had enough. I am sorry if I might step on a few toes this year but don't worry that I will covet anything of yours. I will pull my own little wagon . If I fail to provide, I will do without . People say that "you don't know what it is like to be hungry". No I don't,but I also don't know what it is like to sit on my ass and wait for a check from someone else to feed me. I am not a selfish person and will always share...especially with those who can't do for themselves BUT those are few indeed.
There will be a time in the near future that everyone will need to make choices that we have never been faced with before. I hear the drum beats.......