Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Livin' the life.......

This is not the view I am accustomed to seeing out my windows at this time of year (and it will be back to reality soon enough).

I'm almost embarrassed to write this post. Just almost. For the next few days, I am living the life of ease. My friend, Teresa, and I flew down to Ft. Meyers Beach, Florida yesterday to spend a few days with my sweet mother-in-law, Carojean. It's like landing in paradise after the weather in Kentucky last week! Now, I love having four seasons and would really have a hard time living somewhere it was warm most all the time, but boy-oh, is it nice to have a few days of walking on the beach in just one layer of clothes! I do feel a little guilty leaving my husband at home to do all of his work and all of my barn chores, but it was with his blessing that I'm here. The sad fact is that it is very difficult for us to both be away from the farm at the same time. We don't have a farm sitter at the moment and, until we find someone who can handle all the different resident species on the farm, we are limited to traveling separately. Sometimes, in the summer, we can call on one of our children to pitch in and keep and eye on the farm, but during the winter it is just too complicated.

It is so different here it feels as though we could hardly be in the same world. We had a near perfect day. The sky was clear blue and the temperature was in the low 80's. (And at home, poor Mike was dealing with rain, rain and more rain.) I'm going to try to carry this memory with me when lambing starts and I'm cold, wet, tired and dirty!!