|I think Zeb is back there laughing at me!|
I recently listened to a podcast from John Suscovitch where he let his listeners in on a day where he had crumbled. Complete and total burnout ending with a meltdown at the kitchen table in the arms of his wife. I can't tell you how much that resonated with me. There are days that I just want to crawl under my bed and let the waterworks flow. What keeps me keeping on is a dream and a sense of humor. I am fiercely independent and VERY stubborn (don't tell my mother I actually admitted this!). Each project that I take on on this farm comes with a valuable learning experience, often because I didn't ask for help in the first place.
One very important thing I have learned -
Do not start any repair or project
which involves a necessary part of the household infrastructure
when the hardware store is closed!
This week's lesson is - always build the door wider than you think you will need it. In my newly reconstructed greenhouse, I built a people-door. It works great for keeping out the drafts and keeping in the heat. Little man and I can walk right through it without any problems. It has shifted a little over the winter so it will need to be re-hung a little higher, but it works great... until you go to fill your raised beds with fresh soil and compost.
The wheelbarrow doesn't fit through the door. I also didn't leave myself any other access to get anything larger than a people through the door. Now it is a shovel and a five gallon pail to move the yards and yards of dirt from outside, to inside the greenhouse. The weather has been cooperating and I have managed to fill one raised bed and started mixing and filling my seed pots. One more raised bed to go and MANY, MANY more cells for transplants.