We’re back.

Please excuse our absence over the past week. We’ve been on a cruise. The Oasis of the Seas, in all it’s grandeur, took us to the Caribbean. While we may have discovered we’re not cruise “people,” we did learn that St. Martin is gorgeous, and it IS possible to gain 10 pounds in one week eating only mediocre, wedding-like food.

We returned home to learn that all our animals we alive – even if Jack the cat was foaming at the mouth in a window up-stairs!  All the plants survived. Thank you Mother Nature.  The blueberries even have new growth on them! Oh, and we also discovered it’s fall.  We left in summer, and arrived in fall.  It is freezing and I must, tomorrow, I must, plants the bulbs!  And I must finish tilling the strawberry bed!  Tomorrow.  There is always tomorrow.  Oh, and I have to cook dinner and take care of the animals and do cruise laundry and I have to paint a few, er…maybe 10 rooms.

I’m not complaining.  Really.  Well, um…no, I’m not complaining.  I live in the country.  My dog rolled around in fresh deer poop today and needed to be washed down this afternoon.  That wouldn’t happen in the city.  I registered to vote AND voted today.  That wouldn’t happen in Maryland.  I took my Bob Evans to the vet today and learned that he is healthy.  That could have happened anywhere but it’s still priceless.

While there may be tons to do on the “farm,” and the work may be strenuous, I look on the bright side of things.  My job is to plant strawberries and design a huge house.  I don’t need a gym membership as the 1 acre strawberry patch is my cardio.  I looked at Martha Stewart’s list of things to do for October. Actually helpful.  But still, I don’t think Martha is doing it all herself.  She has over 200 chickens.  My four take about 20 minutes to feed and clean each day.  (And as an aside, Martha is raising the heritage turkey breeds I’m planning for the spring – so know now, I am not copying her, although it does increase my cred as the new Ohio Martha!)

Time to go…while the dogs are sleeping, I’ve spied some chew toy stuffing on the kitchen floor.  Which one did it come from?  And how much has already been eaten?  I know you’re jealous!  Or at least you should be!

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