After a long day working outside, I packed up the family plus two workers who were here late, and we headed down the road to the local cafe for supper. It was nice to unwind and visit as a family over a good meal . . . especially when there were no dishes to clean up afterward.
When we got back to the farm, the guys (son and both son-in-laws) headed to meet up with friends to play basketball. I started to head out to the office to catch up on paperwork but it was so nice outside, and with rain forecast for tomorrow, I grabbed the tractor key and a sweatshirt and hit the field. I ended up tilling the gardens until 10:30 p.m. this evening.
Doing tractor work is one of those tasks that allows you to simultaneously work your mind. It is kind of like time spent commuting. And yes, I too once had a commute. Commuting seemed like dead, wasted time. But like this evening on the tractor, I always tried to make the time productive.
I started with going over the day’s accomplishments and what didn’t get done. Then I started making a mental list of what I needed to get done this weekend and then I started thinking about the weather. Then started watching the flock of birds that was following me around the field eating as I turned the soil. Well you get the picture . . . my mind started to wander. But that is o.k. once in a while. It is like dreaming. A necessary function.
And then, as I sat in the armchair that is my tractor seat, I looked up and took in the whole view as well as my situation. And it was good.
It was like it just hit me. After years working off-farm in a corporate, high tech career to pay the bills while we got the farm and the Victory Seed Company off the ground, I finally got my office with a view. It is awesome and I am grateful and very appreciative for all of you that support our seed variety preservation work with your orders. Your support directly allows me to work the soil, raise rare seeds and keep them available to gardeners. I truly feel blessed and just want to sincerely thank you.