I just came across this quote, listed on the side bar, by Frank A. Clark: “Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food,” and it really hit home. I have been looking for higher paying, “real” jobs and so far, nothing has come to pass. I did get a call from a head hunter on Monday for a job that would probably be a good one for me, it certainly would pay a lot more than what I’m making at MM, but it would mean going back to a “real” job, meaning one where I’d essentially sit at a desk from 9 to 5. I’d bring home more money, but what would I lose? Namely, all the time I spend researching, gardening, caring for the animals, etc.
After I published the last post, I went out and milked Heavenly; before I was able to milk her, however, I had to call the goats in from out in the side pasture. They were up close to Red’s house eating brush. When they heard me, they all came running along the side of the hill, which is quite steep. They looked like mountain goats. After I milked her, I checked on the cows, cleaned the butt of Heavenly’s buck kid (she isn’t doing such a good job of it), thought about taking the cover off the bed of greens and harvesting some more out of it, but instead decided to come in and try to clean some of the nine million muddy footprints off the floors in the house. I now have half of the house clean.
Not sure why I clean, it will be covered with muddy footprints again in no time.
But back to the quote, I wish there were a way that we could afford for me to stay at the MM job, or one like it, not making so much money, but having a little bit of extra time and somewhat flexible hours so that I could continue to do the farming. I am working really hard on saving money everywhere I can, but my bank account is dwindling. Having to buy four tires for Yoda didn’t help that.
Maybe things will work out. As I wrote in a cover letter that I sent out a while back, I have probably gained more life experience while unemployed than I did while employed; I had to rely heavily on my initiative, creativity and humor to survive. I expect most people that have been unemployed like me are dying to get back to their former lives. I honestly don’t want to go back there. I like the life I have now and I can thank being unemployed for giving it to me.
Until later …