A Summer Afternoon on our Farmstead
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If you’ve ever been on a farm, you know there is no siesta time in the summer. There should be though. After lunch play time happens for the kids. Usually back outside, we basically live out there in the summer. I work a bit more in the gardens, usually harvesting, or on a project as able in the heat.
Mid afternoon is nap time! The most glorious time of the day for momma. The baby for sure goes down for a nap. The middle child sometimes. It is heavenly if they all take a nap at the same time. I can power out computer work, or the jobs I cannot safely do with them, while they nap.
On the supper hot days, I will often load the kids up and run errands. Paying bills, going to the feed store, getting groceries, parts run, anything to stay where it’s cool for a while.
After naps, play in the yard continues. Usually, water is involved somehow. I water the flowers around the house, clean out the dogs’ pool and the water table, then refill them. If the big kids want in the pool, I find something I can do pool side. Snaping beans, washing veggies, braiding garlic, etc. Occasionally I’ll even grab a book and read it.
During the high heat days 95+ feel days, I walk down to the barns and check the animals, making sure no one is overheating, everyone still has cold water. Sometimes I’ll mist the pens or add ice to waters or hose the horses off. Most of the chickens are under the trees where there is shade and a bit of breeze. The water birds are having the time of their life in the water then to the shade and back again.
Afternoon chores involve picking up all the eggs, maybe going on an egg hunt. Refilling waters and double-checking feeders. I set alarms on my phone to remind me when it is chore time and when it is time to go start supper. Otherwise, I get busy working on something and soon its dark and everyone is hangry.
Afternoons tend to be much more laid back and variable than our mornings. Mostly because I have designed it that way. I stack our daily activities in the morning, giving us the freedom to do whatever is needed in the afternoon.
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