I have now lived on a farm for four nights. Five days. In that time, here is what I have learned:
- Ticks will be a never-ending problem for us. Even when we aren't in the woods, they are finding there ways into our flesh. People warned me about these little buggers, but I don't think anything completely prepares you for pulling them off yourself or your kids. I keep thinking about Brad Paisley's song: I want to check your for ticks. We really have to do these around these parts!
- I'm going to have to drive to grocery shop. There is one grocery store about 15 minutes from us. It is not good at all. The rest of the stores are a half hour. They aren't much better. Every time we have come to visit, I have tried a different grocery store and have yet to find one that pleases me. (And I am not a picky person!) I'd be okay with high prices if they had the products we like to buy. Organic and natural products are basically non-existent, and if they have them, I have to pay EIGHT DOLLARS FOR ONE GALL OF ORGANIC MILK. In the end, I think we have come up with a plan for me to go to Johnson City (about an hour away) once a month, Grampa and Grama goes once a month, and order the rest of the things we need online. We'll still have to do occasional stops at the local store, but I've just decided that life is too short to grocery shop locally. We are hoping to be eating off our land primarily within a few years, and we will definitely be supporting any and all local farmers and stores we can. But to heck with these big chain stores. No good!
- My kids are going to get dirty. They are really going to need a daily bath. That's just how it is going to go. And normally, we skip a day. No more of that. If they don't get a bath, I'm doing full-body wipe downs. Man there is a lot of dirt on a farm.