One of the things we honestly try to do when we go to our CSA distributions is to be positive. But, every once in a while you just want to say, "It's been one of those days." I suspect nearly everyone knows exactly what I'm referring to here. It may be different in form, but the substance is pretty much the same. Typically, it is simply a day where so many little things go wrong or get annoying that they accumulate and threaten to bury your attitude (and other things) by the end of the day. Tuesday was one of those days for Farmer Rob this week.
Since it is now Wednesday evening, it seems like it might actually be an interesting exercise to make some fun of myself. Why not? It's good for me. And, to keep you all from getting bored, I'll just stick with a few of the things that got on my nerves that actually are a bit humorous (from a distance).
The morning began with a rather startling note. Literally. We have an ipod player that allows us to set music to play as our alarm. Typically, this is a very relaxing way to get up. Well, at least, that is the case when you don't forget to turn the volume down the night before. Hey, it's not that I must listen to my music loud - but if you're outside on a windy day and want to hear *any* of the music, it has to be turned up.
The upshot of this is that we woke up VERY quickly. Let's just say that I don't quite know how I got to the player so fast to turn the volume down. And, of course, the heart was racing pretty quick. Welcome to your day - and HOLD ON TIGHT! At least the tune being played wasn't Adam Again's "Helpless, Hopeless, Useless." If it had been, I think I would have taken that as a warning.
Feeding and watering the birds are two of the morning chores. So, of course, I worked to do that. The feed bin decided not to let the feed out - until it did. A bit much for that bucket. Oh well, scoop the excess on the floor into another bucket. It happens. And, of course, when it gets colder outside, watering is a bit more of an adventure. Essentially, the level of annoyance when water splashes on your feet goes up as the temperature goes down. And, since it was one of *those* days...I made sure to get my feet wet. Again, we are sad to report that this one was also literal. I really do wish it was just the figure of speech application this time.
I managed to get through the part where I was wielding a sharp lettuce knife without cutting myself, but I did manage to put my hand around a thistle. But, that's not a big deal this time of year. The hands can handle it. The real fun came when I was cleaning the lettuce and pok choi.
For those who do not know, we have a packing/cleaning area that is open. Tuesday was breezy. The makings of a slapstick comedy routine were all there. Farmer wants to clean lettuce, he sticks hands in very cold water and gets some lettuce ready to go in the cooler. He reaches to put them in the cooler and a wind closes the lid. He sets the lettuce back down in the water and opens the lid. Reach for the lettuce, pick it up, lid closes again. In the end, I cleaned the greens with one hand while I held lids open with the other. This comedy continued as I migrated to the high tunnel and tried to open the door with my hands full. The results were predictable, so I finally sighed, set everything down and opened the door. Happily, I have a block I use to prop the door open.
The good news - at this point, I realized that it was going to be "one of those days," so I resigned myself to not taking shortcuts. This was a good move. But, frankly, it probably is a good idea to exercise more patience anyway. Thanks for the lesson, Tuesday!
Mrranda and Sandman are getting a bit more needy as the weather gets colder. They see us less, and there are fewer people on the farm. As a result, they are much more insistent when they want something.
Sandman "helped" me pick Green Zebra tomatoes.
Sandman: "Mew. prrrrrrrrr"
Farmer Rob: "Hello Sandman. Please get out of the tote, I need to put tomatoes there."
R ***lifts cat out of tote*** : yes, you're nice, now stay out of the tote.
R ***picks some tomatoes***
S ***steps back into tote*** : "Mew. prrrrrr"
R ***turning to put tomatoes into tote***: "Sandman - stop that, I need to use the tote."
***removes cat and turns to pick more tomatoes***
S ***steps back into tote*** : "MEW! PRRRRRRRRR!"
Both cats also have learned that I go into a squat or kneeling position when I pick tomatoes. That gives some space on my leg they can jump onto to get attention from me. Needless to say, that's not really what I want to do at that time. Usually, both cats can be dissuaded from these behaviors after one or two iterations. But, Tuesday it was more like TEN iterations.
I took a quick break around midday and ran into Tripoli to check the PO Box. It was all junk mail. But, then again, that is normal. On the way home, I looked in the rearview mirror and into the back of the truck. I had forgotten that some things had been left in there after Saturday's market. The tables had nothing holding them up, so they had fallen over. Typically no big deal...except for the trays of tomatoes they fell ONTO. The good news - many of those were slated to go to the turkeys and chickens anyway. The bad news - now I have to clean up the truck.
So, I grabbed a cat and rubbed it around for a while on the inside of the truck... at least it was getting attention.
Ok, I didn't do that.
But, the thought of it made me laugh. And, when you're having one of those days, that's all it takes.