Greetings from Minnesota. It’s a humid, overcast day, and we had some light thunderstorms this morning. We need the weather to be dry for a bit!
Thanks to all for the many encouraging comments you wrote on my previous post. My job change will definitely be a big transition, and it’s always nice to hear positive feedback!
I must also admit I was surprised by how many of you said you were a wee bit jealous of my farming endeavor. 🙂 I suppose it does sound nice to be your own boss and work in the great outdoors. It’s a lifestyle I’ve grown up with and come to love, but I just never imagined farming sounded so appealing to others.
Just to balance out the pros, I will say that working with your in-laws or family presents its own challenges, and the great outdoors can be both beautiful and harsh depending on the weather. Though there is still office and computer work on farms, so even farmers get in from the elements sometimes.
But back to my point, I do find it interesting (and cool) that so many of you see farming as a positive career. We all need food, and I take a lot of pride in being able to help provide a small bit of it.
Sometimes when the days get long and the work gets hard, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Because the truth is that farming isn’t always glamorous (smelling like cows or having manure on your boots isn’t exactly a fashion statement). 😉
But on most days, I do realize my place as one of many American farmers helping to feed people. I know it’s important work, and it’s an important part of my life.
That’s probably enough philosophy talk for now. How about a picture? I thought you all might enjoy a mother’s day baby photo. Baby looks very much like mama, and both are doing well.
The short update is I ran a little over 12 miles on Saturday, and I felt pretty good. I did the first 8 miles solo – with rain during the second half.
Then, I went back home to get Calvin the dog. I took him out for something over 4. I probably could have taken him further, but with the rain he kept having to stop and shake himself off. I’m glad I only dealt with that for 4 miles instead of 12!
I’m feeling more confident about Fargo than I was last week, but the nervousness is also beginning to set in…
Only 12 more days until Fargo.
Questions, comments, what-have-you about farming?
Thoughts or comments on tapering for a first marathon?