Monday Morning on the Hobby Farm

IMG_20131004_154402_625Today on the hobby farm breakfast consisted of toast, banana jam and strong coffee. I am stealing a few minutes to check emails. Then it is off to feed 14 dogs, 20 or so Chickens/ducks, 2 rabbits and one Nanny goat.

This morning on Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm it is cooler weather at around 50 degrees F. However, it is not the weather that makes is so cold and gloomy today. There is a depression that hits everyone here this time of year. But this year it is worse. There are no children here laughing and singing. No reason to get up and make that special hot cocoa that Tristan calls poffee. No cheery jumpy affectionate Eve. No bossy motherly Vivian and no mischievous Alex.

Today, we are moving out some of the children’s things and rearranging everything in the hopes they will be returning soon. I am struggling to hold on to hope.

I will open the curtains, windows and doors as it heats up outside. Then our massive cleaning to get ready for remodeling will begin. We will also start preparing for the Holiday season and winter.

First comes the cleaning. Everything will be washed starting with all bed linens, blankets and spreads. Mattress and Pillows will be sunning on this beautiful sunny clear day.

Second, the floors will be swept, mopped and polished. Carpets and rugs will be shampooed as well.  Once everything is dry all the furniture will be replaced and possibly in a different arrangement.

Third, clothes will be sorted. The summer clothes will either be packed up in totes or discarded into a pile for wrapping pipes or using it to insulate the animal pens.

Then we will end the day with the evening meal that is cooking in the crockpot; a meal that consists of a lovely pot roast with gravy, potatoes, green beans and onions.

Stay tuned to what happens tomorrow on the hobby farm we call Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm.

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