“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Keeping Chaos At Bay

 I have a confession to make.  I am a bit of a control freak.  Yes, I like my world neat and orderly. 

 I like my ducks in order.  I try to cross all my T's and dot all my I's.


Life is peaceful and serene when I know that everything is completed and orderly.  It's only then that I can be assured that chaos and bedlam will stay far away.

There is just one problem with this philosophy.  This is a farm, and for some reason farm life has a tendency to gravitate towards chaos and bedlam with very little provocation.  It's always amazing how a day can take a turn towards chaos with one tiny omission.... say, like not properly locking a gate.

Yesterday morning started out so beautifully peaceful.  We rose early and finished chores quickly.  We had made plans to golf with friends. (Note:  Hubbs is a golfer.  Me... not so much.  I know how, but it is just not an activity that I feel like putting so many hours into.  And so I play golf once or twice a year and I do ok.... a couple great shots, a few good shots, a few good putts, and the rest... meh!  But, I have fun!)  

As we were finishing chores... lastly opening up the chicken houses, we noticed our resident doe standing in the farm lane...


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