Living the Farm Life @ Soderlind Farms

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Well Hello there!

I know! I know! I have not made good on my resolution to blog at least once a week… Seems like I turned around and half the year was gone!

So many new things to speak of! Where shall we start? How about HELLO SPRING! So good to finally see you again! I was wondering if you were ever going to stick around or if you were just going to tease and titillate us with your promises of warm, wet weather to come. ¬†Guess you have decided to stick around finally (albeit without the wetness ūüė¶ ¬†)

With spring, it brings new meaning to “life on the farm”. ¬†So much new life abounds on the farm at spring time. ¬†It’s a time of rebirth and new beginnings, at time to celebrate life in general. ¬†It’s also a time for the hard work to rear it’s ugly head. ¬†It’s a time I love and look forward to each year.

This spring, however, has been full of ups and downs. ¬†Mostly downs I have to admit. ¬†If you’ve been following me here or on Facebook, you know some of the trials and tribulations we’ve experienced over the last few months. ¬†If you are just now joining us, let me fill you in on the majors: ¬†In March, 2014, we experienced two fires because of heat lamps. ¬†The first took the entire barn, killed our beloved Maxine (our sow) along with 2 of her babies. ¬†Two of the babies managed to escape. ¬†The fire also took several chickens we were about to butcher, an entire deep freeze of fresh, homegrown veggies, and home raised and wild, meat we had processed ourselves. ¬†It took canned goods from our garden, motors, tools, you name it. ¬†It ravaged the entire barn and storage area, leaving nothing but a charred, smoldering mess in its wake. ¬†Fire 1

Fire 2 Thankfully, all of us were fine and no one got hurt.  We managed to save a few things out of the shop area.

The next fire, almost took the house.

We won’t even go there. ¬†We were lucky and no doubt, had someone watching over us those days. ¬†Several other things happened over the course of the next few weeks. ¬†Smaller, minor things, but they still packed a punch after our recent loss. ¬†We were on an emotional roller coaster that we couldn’t seem to get off of or slow down. ¬†It was one thing after another. ¬†Slowly, we were able to see the finish line and that roller coaster started to coast until it came to a full stop. ¬†Not a screeching stop, but a stop nonetheless. ¬†It was strange to be in the midst of something like that and have virtually no control over what was happening. ¬†Scary. ¬†Strange. ¬†Unfamiliar. ¬†I wouldn’t want to do it again.

It took a toll on the family.. in more than one way.  We were behind on everything since we had to take a hiatus from all that we would normally do in the spring to clean up a nightmare that we thought would never happen.

Finally, it seems we are cruising along, finally getting back to where we need to be.  The garden has been planted (except for a very few hot weather items like okra), the new barn is coming along, the new chicken coop is built, along with a new farrowing pen (now if that dang pig would just have those babies), and we have almost finished the new porch.  Just minor details on the porch now.

So, although this spring wasn’t what we planned, it WAS a time for purging, spring cleaning, and a new slate. ¬†A time of new beginnings and of rebirth. ¬†We had some really great things happen, as well. ¬†Some things that I’ll share in another post… some day.

So for now, I say HELLO SPRING and WELCOME! ¬†Maybe now, I should be saying Good-bye to spring and Hello SUMMER! It’s close. ¬†And we are ready!

Until next time, happy farming!