It's been two weeks today since we sold the cows, and we've been gradually adjusting to our new normal. We're still feeling good about our decision, but there have been adjustments.
I will say, it's been easier in some ways than we expected, and harder in others! The hardest part for me has been giving up my time at home. Although we were very tied down with the cows, we often had flexible time throughout the day for running errands, etc. That has changed a bit and is an adjustment, but we'll figure it out! I need to be more intentional about meal planning, cleaning, laundry etc. Jim still has some manure to haul and projects that he would like to tackle, and will have to adjust to the same thing.
I headed off to a new job almost two weeks ago, working in the office at a feed mill. I'm enjoying being able to remain a part of the ag community and I'm also enjoying the work that I've been doing. I have a LOT to learn, but thankfully the people there have been very patient with my many, many questions!
Jim has been trying out a few things and hasn't decided for sure which direction he would like to go. He will find a good fit I'm sure, but it might take a little time.
The dogs and cats may have the hardest adjustment of all! They were used to having us around all day and would enjoy many ear scratches or belly rubs, and sneak treats throughout the day. Snickers has, in the past few months, bedded down in a pile of straw and corn fodder in the cow stable. When the barn was full of cows, it was nice and cozy even on the coldest of days. When Jim cleaned out the stalls, he left her little pile in place so that she would have a comfy bed. She could easily sleep upstairs in the straw with Murphy and Phoebe, but she chooses this...