It’s now less than THREE WEEKS until the North-Central Illinois Farm Crawl date! Here’s a picture of the signs we bought to post on the roads leading to our place. The other 3 farms also have identically-designed signs with their farm name on them. This way it will be easy for you to find us.
For the past few months since we decided to do this, we’ve been plodding along, talking and planning. Now it’s almost here – crunch time! I don’t know what the other farms have managed to accomplish in the past few weeks since our last meeting, but we haven’t been able to do much of anything. I’d just gotten back from a trip to Texas to take my sister and her kids to see our dad. Then came our county 4-H fair. My daughter was showing 2 of our goats which required twice-a-day care, plus doing a cake decorating demo/show AND the talent show. That all took up the better part of 4 days. Then I had one week to take care of things here and other errands, but outside farm work didn’t manage to wiggle in there. Then we left for Florida to visit my husband’s parents and we just got back yesterday. Phew!
So, here we are with just over 2 weeks to accomplish all we want to in order to make this place a little more presentable to our guests. The garden is 4′-5′ deep in weeds. I’m not even sure what’s alive in there. We’ve had only about a half-inch of rain over the past month or so and haven’t watered much. After the weeds are gone I’m going to plant some fall crops: green beans, beets, turnips, maybe try some pumpkins. Again. None of the winter squash or beets we planted in the spring came up. I want to make at least 4 more kind of soap so you’ll have a good variety of Christmas soap to choose from (not to mention all the others.) We’ll do what we can. But, at the same time, I want you all to get the real story of what it’s like to try to run a teeny-tiny farm in the midst of modern 21st-century life. This isn’t Little House on the Prairie – or at least our idealized version of what that was. Those people worked HARD – morning to night. We have modern conveniences like tillers, washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc. But we also have a lot of outside activities that take us away from home – plus the full-time (or more) job Keith has to pay for us to have a home, electricity, etc. Not to mention a much larger home then that cabin on the prairie and many more clothes and other items. So though we don’t have the hard, physical labor day in and day out – we do have a lot of things taking up our time. Plus a lot of other distractions we have to learn to manage better.
So, for the next two weeks we’ll be getting ready for your visit. The place won’t be picture perfect. But, after all, it’s the people that count the most. We can’t wait to see you all on August 18!