I don't know if you know this about me, but I'm not outdoorsy in any way, shape, or form. I grew up in the affluent suburbs of Atlanta, which is anything but southern or rural. No one rode 4-wheelers, shot shotguns, or really did anything outside. We just went to each other's houses (mostly my rich friends' houses, that had home theaters) and watched movies and ate ice-cream. And I had no problem with this. I hate being cold or doing anything outside that resembles exercising (i.e.: hiking...rock-climbing...people do this stuff for fun?!) Also, I never grew up around animals (besides the cat we had for only about 9 months) and mostly just feel bad about their forced captivity, from a distance, of course.
But, I was recently asked to house-sit on a farm for a friend. I was told a farm-hand would take care of the chickens, rooster, goats, sheepdogs, and pony, so all I had to do was take care of the cat and dog inside. Last fall I had a successful bout of house-sitting with a cat and dog, so I felt that this would be no problem and that it would be a welcome change of scenery!
Well, while I was there, we ended up having, as the government calls it, a "State of Emergency,"
(meaning the ill-prepared southerners freaked out about a couple inches of snow and ice, while the northerners scoffed at us). But, as an already worrisome driver myself, I was not about to drive out there, so I ended up being stuck in the last place I would expect- a farm! On top of being stuck on the farm (with no cable or internet) the farm hand said she could not make it out in the weather, so I would have to feed all the animals!
So, for the past couple of days, I have been getting up when the rooster starts crowing at 4:30am, and going out to feed the farm animals. While on the farm, I've fallen in love with a sheepdog. I think I like him so much because he actually gets to live out his calling and protect the other animals in the field, and he does a fantastic job!
And while I've been without cable or internet, I've done some songwriting (because- what else was I gonna do?) Here's a snippet of a little ditty Billy and I were playing around with yesterday- thought ya'll would enjoy hearing the work-tape from my iPhone. No effects or edits, just simple- like life on the farm! Link to song is here.
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.