This week on the farm as usual has been quite the whirlwind, filled with both hard work and unexpected laughs. As we wrapped up the wheat harvest, a real sense of accomplishment settled in. Amidst the busyness, we also managed to bale wheat straw for our sheep's cozy downtime.
A quirky thought from Anne sparked a chuckle the other day: "We need to fix the car when we have some free time." The irony hit me like a friendly nudge – scheduling a task for that elusive "if we ever have time" pocket. The truth is, our to-do list seems endless, and finding spare moments remains a rare gem.
That brings me to the thread of my thoughts this week, The good old saying a Problem shared is a problem halved, or Many Hands make light work.
Farming tales of neighbors lending a hand. Our Sons friend and neighbor farmer Adam always helps us stack straw bales in our shed, Well this year he brought along another Adam, a neighbor who was surprised to learn that Anne had loaded the wagon earlier that day under the blazing sun. Yes, that's how things roll around here! Thanks for Your Help guys!
But the spirit of helping doesn't stop there. Recall that rush before the rainy day when we lent our hands to a neighbor's hay? Fast forward to today – with Anne and Tess away, I was a bit concerned about handling the sheep during the vet's visit. A call to the neighbor whose hay we helped with, and they were more than willing to return the favor. All the Ewes were pregnancy checked in record efficiency!
Well all that help gave me a bit of time this morning, So when an old coworker (From my previous off farm career) called and needed some technical help, off I dashed to town to lend a hand. Scent of sheep clinging to my pants and a hint of barn charm on my boots – quite the sensory combo, if you ask me.
As we round off this week, remember that lending a hand or asking for one not only eases tasks but also adds depth to the tapestry of community and connection. It's remarkable how the act of helping someone else brings a sense of fulfillment to both parties – a shared joy that reminds us of the wonderful interdependence we share.
Ewing Family Farm