Cat Days of Summer, and a Giveaway
First of all, Happy Father's Day. I hope you feted any dads in your household with good food and activities that help them feel loved and appreciated. If you are the dad, I hope you were treated like a king today. My dad's in heaven, and I miss him a lot.
The rhythm of the farm changes noticeably at this time of the year. That's mainly because I don't do heat very well. And just because we had a pretty decent spring this year, doesn't mean I'm going to like 98 degrees any better when it does hit. Like it did today, and like it will
probably do every day this week. Everything slows down. I try to get chores done early before the mercury rises, and then camp out in the AC for the hot part of the day. I understand the civility of cultures where siestas are popular. Then as it cools down, I get back out in the pasture to spend time with the critters.
I think I've mentioned that the new alpacas are doing fine in the heat so far, sunbathing in the pasture at times when the older, dark colored, huacaya boys are snoozing in the barns under the fans. Even Smokey Cat works to find cool concrete to help dissipate some body heat. There's just no reason to move quickly or be in a hurry.
But life at the farm is still perking along. We're still planning neat events to keep us connected to the land and each other. Every day I see evidence that what people crave in our society is meaningful connection. And my goal is to provide as many opportunities for being together to do what we love as possible. I have some ideas brewing, but if you have a brainstorm, please let me know. I'm also on a campaign to support and draw public attention to as many local food farmers as possible. Know any we can plug and patronize?
I was looking through my embarassingly vast and comprehensive library this evening and found a couple of books that I have enjoyed immensely, but which might bring another budding homesteader some joy and information. Tonight, I'd like to offer one of those books to a commenter here on the blog. Leave me a comment about your love of chickens, your interest in owning chickens, your curiosity about chickens, or your love of animal books, or whatever, and on Tuesday night, I'll give away Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance. It's really funny and I know you'll enjoy it.
Also, there's another podcast in the works, so stay tuned.
Right now, I'm going to try something I saw on TV once, or was it on the internet... maybe you've heard of it, "going to bed early?" Maybe it will help me be more productive tomorrow. Worth a try...