Thursday, June 17, 2010
Life The Way I Like It
This morning, early before the sun was above the tree line I was heading off to the barn, milk pail in hand, a little more pep in my step than in the months past. I fed the kids, and put the feed in the feed dish that hangs on the stanchion and called Faith into the milking barn. She was eager and never once acknowledged her crying kid just on the other side of the fence. I suspect the momma goats are glad to have the kids off of them. Between Faith and Licorice I got over a half a gallon of milk, which means Emery and I have a gallon of milk to drink each day ! I will make yogurt and cheese and share some of the extra with family. My hands were tired last night from milking but this morning it was as if I had been miking all along. Emery had hung a fan in the milk barn last night for me, and it sure felt good blowing on me while I milked and it chased away the flies that love to invade that space. My mind was soaking in the sweet smell of the fresh milk filling the pail, and the sounds of the many birds singing in the nearby trees. The sound of the wind in the trees adding the perfect background melody. After milking was done, I gave the cats bowls of milk, which they lapped up with gusto.
The morning was so beautiful I couldn't imagine being inside so the goats got a bath, and hoof trimming....still too nice to go inside I sat in the lawn chair by the pasture gate and watched the sprinkler go back and forth. This is the way I like life, easy breezy. Watched as the cardinals and Carolina wrens darted back and forth through the sprinklers like little children do. Catching a bit of water than heading for the fence. They did this over and over, playing in the sprinklers on a summer like morning. Time seemed totally irrelevant to me, it was simply a matter of enjoying the moment, however long I wanted that moment to last.
I tried living more city girl like recently, shopping, dressing better, spending more money, but it all left me feeling so unfulfilled , compared to working in the garden, doing chores and dressing to fit the life I love the best. Besides that, I never could keep up with all my housework being gone so much. The Country girl look suits me just fine, since thats what I am, just a country girl, plain and simple.
It is a silent sort of morning, sitting next to the wood stove in my rocker, watching the birds outside my windo...