Homesteading Realities …

Magorium’s Moto …

After Mr. Magorium and Mahoney set all the clocks to chime at the same time in the clock shop, they have a final exchange of words before the big event:

Mr. Edward Magorium: 37 seconds.
Molly Mahoney: Great. Well done. Now we wait.
Mr. Edward Magorium: No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime.

37 Seconds? Are you kidding me? While I greatly appreciate the sentiment here, and generally agree with the notion on making every moment count … I have tried “regenerating” in 37 seconds and I just found myself even more tired. I am pretty sure Magorium is on a Schedule III Controlled Substance. I mean seriously, have you seen his eyebrows (Mahoney is TOTALLY shocked at his eyebrows!)? Only someone hyped up on Special K gets little Eistein’s above their peepers.

I say all of that to break into our exhaustion level … wholly smokes what a segway! The fatigue does explain the absence of tracking our progress in the blog. Wow, I had pictured posting at the end of every day the fruits of our labor. LOL … foolish, foolish mortal. In my defense, I did look at the laptop sitting on the table … staring at me accusingly … but I shrugged off the guilt trip. I would have had to lift the laptop, open it, type something coherent and clever, and then post. Pfft … no way. I actually found myself sitting on the couch, drooling on the cushions, debating whether or not breathing was optional … a lot of calories go into breathing … ridiculous.

State of Affairs …

Where we are at currently: ripped out carpet and padding, removed staples and tack stripes, installed about 1300 sq. ft. of flooring. (the hallway still needs to be tied into the bedrooms and a few closets need to be finished up.), the family room and Taylor’s bedroom is mostly painted, the backyard is sectioned off for the dogs and fenced, removal of the brush in the backyard is almost done and about 95% of the move is complete. It is amazing how those last few things at the old house are the mountaineering equivalent of Everest … all the way down to the O2 supplementation … God I need it!

But, we are definitely getting there and that feels pretty great. This is the first morning in weeks that we have been able to sort of ease into the day. I took the pups on a walk-about in the Outback this morning. It was actually quite wonderful … the sun was shining, a cool breeze from the north carried the scent of sage, the birds let everyone know this is their time of the day, and the absence of traffic, cars, mowers, etc. was pure bliss. Walking the property really brought home for me what this is all about and what we are trying to accomplish here.

I definitely have a HUGE respect for all those out there that have taken on this journey before us … all the homesteaders and farmers. It takes a pretty huge amount of vision, will, determination, and plain old hard work to accomplish any and all of this. We are remembering to enjoy the journey when possible … taking time to share a smile, a pat on the back for a job well done, and celebrating each and every victory, no matter how small.

Visual Aids …

For your viewing pleasure, a few pics on some of the headway we have made and the pups on the walk-about this morning:

Yeah … ok, ok … I didn’t get in any of the renovation pics, they are coming, I promise.

We are worn out, but content.

Tired, but happy.

Exhausted, but ever so blessed.



About brambleshirefarm

We have a small piece of heaven that we are working on bringing back from over use and miss use. We have big plans for our farm/homestead and family. Please drop by on the blog and say hi!
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