Christmas on the Farm (Am I the Grinch?)

After reading this, maybe you can tell me whether I’m the Grinch or not, because my family seems to think I am.

Here are 5 reasons why my family thinks I’m the Grinch, just to start:

  1. I refuse to go Christmas shopping.
  2. I hate having Christmas lights up in and on the house.
  3. I like to be alone, hence loathing Christmas dinners.
  4. I never reply to Christmas cards.
  5. I strongly dislike and do whatever it takes to avoid Christmas music.

Besides these 5 things and some other factors, though, I never go out of my way to spoil Christmas for others. I just spoil it for myself.

This all means that Christmas on the farm for me is like any other time of year. My family takes turns hosting Christmas so every 7th year or so my farm is filled with roisterers, but usually it’s pretty calm. On those rare years when I have to host Christmas, it’s rather annoying to have all these dreadful decorations go up right after you got the whole farm cleaned and settled for the winter. But oh well.

The one thing about Christmas that I can put up with is all the delicious home cooking. I may hate being crowded around the table with yapping family, but I do love a good turkey.

That’s Christmas on the farm for me, but don’t let that spoil your holidays. Either way, I hope your Christmas is wonderful. Bye for now.

Mold on the Farm

If you’re a rural farmer then there’s a good chance you’re familiar with mold. Mold loves to grow in places where the eye can’t see. It’s almost as if it’s hiding because it knows that if we see it, we will be there to remove it. It’s one thing to get a spray bottle and clean mold yourself. But other times you must hire a remediation company if the mold has grown to extreme proportions.

It often grows behind the walls, under the floor and in the attic. In my experience, it loves to grow in the damp barn where the animals stay. There was a musky smell in the barn a few years ago and it turned out that black mold was growing in the rafters. It cost a lot to get it professionally inspected and abated. I’m glad I did though, for the health of my animals. I’m still paranoid it’ll grow back, so I check if there’s mold growing there every few months. For me this was a big part of sustaining comfort on the farm. Knowing that there’s no mold behind my walls is a great relief.

Some rural farms are too far removed from cities to have a mold removal company nearby. In these cases farmers must become remediators and remove the mold themselves. On Vancouver Island where my aunt has a small farm near the middle of nowhere in North Saanich, she refused to do this because she wanted it professionally done. I recommend other farmers learn from her lesson. What she did was call many different companies until she found the mold removal Victoria BC company that could help her. The company was based in Victoria but was willing to travel to most places on Vancouver Island to help people with their mold problems, including my aunt’s small farm.

If you’re as consistent as my aunt, there’s a good chance you’ll find experts that are at least relatively close enough to make the trip to your farm for the right price. It’s very important to get rid of mold in sheds and greenhouses that grow food because the spores could get into the food and this isn’t good, especially if it’s produce that you’re selling to other people.

If you leave a farm dilapidated and let nature run wild, you’ll find the farm covered in mold. It creates what looks tantamount to an apocalyptic set in a movie. I’ve visited such abandoned farms in Manitoba in my youth, and the smell was horrendous. This is why it’s important for farms to be well kept and cleaned regularly. If people found out that the farms that produced their food have mold problems then they wouldn’t eat the produce anymore.

This is why I think farms are one of the worst places to let mold grow. As farmers it’s our responsibility to make sure mold is treated wherever it is found on our farmland. And that’s my lesson on farm life for today. Just remember to be consistent in your search for a remediation company that can help. I hope you learned something and enjoyed the read.

On Being Sad

Welcome to part 2 of our emotional series. This time we’ll be talking about sadness.

If you haven’t yet, go back to part 1: On Being Happy

What does being sad mean to me? It means the following 5 things.

  1. It’s really hard not to be annoyed by the laughter of strangers, but I wish I had the strength to laugh.
  2. Sad music feels slightly uplifting.
  3. Food tastes better, especially a lot of unhealthy food.
  4. The only way to get out of a sad slump, seemingly, is to quit blaming others for my own emotions and to use my reason and logic to remind myself that being sad is my own fault and that I need to change my mode of thinking.
  5. My health decreases.

To be honest, it’s nice to be sad every once in a while. This is a time for me to catch up on movies I’ve never seen, to re-read my favorite books and reflect on my purpose in life. It makes being happy more meaningful. Sometimes I don’t even know why I’m sad, but I use it as an occasion to cuddle at home and enjoy home comfort to make myself feel better. I make warm soup, get a haircut, other such things,and after a few days when I’m feeling better it seems that life is better.

In other words, being sad every once in a while is necessary for experiencing happiness and moving forward in life.

Maintaining Home Comfort on the Farm

To maintain comfort on the farmstead, in the farmhouse for the whole family, it’s not always best do do everything yourself. I know many farmers who love to do everything themselves out of pride but most of them are unhappy because they’re always on the grind.

I think the future of farm life involves sharing responsibility with local professionals. For example, if you need a new brick dividing wall to separate animals, you might want to call a stone masonry company instead of getting the kids to stack bricks all day. These are NOT the 1800s any more, and farmer pride is only holding people back from growing their farms more quickly.

Maintaining comfort on the farm has never been easier throughout history than it is today in 2020 with professional services like stump grinding, landscape design, appliance repair, at the push of a button on your phone. So remember, home comfort doesn’t mean working hard all day doing everything yourself just so you can relax with a stiff drink in the den every Sunday night, although there’s nothing more satisfying at times.

Comfort in the farm home means working with locals to make life easier, to have the time to get back to what you love, and in turn the produce that your farm produces can be grown more easily and benefit locals more.

It’s a win-win!

Farming Trees in Hamilton: Learning and Discussing

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Before you read any further you should know that I’m not an expert at farming trees, let alone dealing with trees in Ontario of all places. You should also be aware that this is part of my Emotion Series, where I take the time to talk to let thinks fly off my scalp. It’s prime farmland in Hamilton, I know. I visit people who farm there and have done a little investing myself, thanks to learning from their insight. So excuse me if I decide to make the subject of this post something I recently learned a little about–Hamilton tree farming.

I like to write at this time of day and I just finished replying to my farmer friend’s email. he told me he planted 30 trees before i woke up and he’s 2 hours ahead. I told I wished he had fun and then wished for some more self control to do it right like he does. No matter where in the world you’re farming trees you have to be like my cronie in Hamilton and set your eyes on something that might take a whole lot of patient time to do it right. I have nothing but respect for all the lumberjacks in Ontario, especially as I write this on my wooden desk.

Don’t get wrong; I’m not a tree farmer for a good reason. I write about what I know and if I’m so inclined to write about something I don’t know much about you’ll be the first to know. But when it comes to Hamilton tree services like selling saplings to landscapers I find myself thinking back at my family’s legacy of beating their prices. In the heat of the moment I can’t help but close my eyes and think I know everything there is to know about planting and taking care of trees in Hamilton but I’m only dreaming alone. I\m by the phone, letting ,my old ambitions have their effect, for I’m proud of any business like our dear brothers operating a tree service Hamilton business. Don’t underestimate the skills of a born tree grower. They can grow beautiful trees you didn’t think could exist.

The Basics of Farming in Trees

  1. Know what kind of trees you want first of all. That’ll force you to do research. It’s like buying a bearded dragon for the first time, or getting married. You need to know what you’re in for, and knowing what trees you would like to plant ahead of time saves you much hassle after it’s in your care. this is because in order to make the decision of what tree you want you must first know the differences between certain trees. It’s all about the decision, and I hope the trees you decide to grow whether it’s in the city of Hamilton or not is the right one for what you’re prepared to do.
  2. Contact a local expert to learn first hand experience about growing trees in your local geography. If you research how to grow pine in Ontario but you read an article that was written by a guy in Italy, you might want to talk to a local tree service company.
  3. Growing trees in Hamilton is not like playing sports there. If they’re going to be comparable it’s because you’re a real farmer sweating on the long field all day. It’s called practice, the major thing I lack when it comes to actually planting trees in the ground. My point here is that be prepared for hiccups, because things might not render as they appear from a distance.
  4. Keep in touch with your local tree service company. In Hamilton there are many great ones to choose from. I like outstanding company my dear contact supplied me with to get job handled professionally. We planted more than 6 rare exotic trees in the Ontario environment successfully all because we had a pro arborist helping us make the right decisions. I propose you talk to a local guide as well.

What We Talked About Today

Today we talked about growing trees, as far as my knowledge and understanding would permit me. For any experienced Hamilton tree service companies reading I hope you understand I’m only an outside blogging about a topic you could probably write about for hours. But I’m honored to talked about it while I can. Growing, trimming, cutting and pruning hedges, bushes and treetop canopies isn’t easy. That’s the moral of the story I talked about today.

Going Back to Your Love

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The farmland is my love. I always go back to her. When I’m in the city for too long, I think about all the joys of farm life. Living on the ranch and doing what you need to do to get by, not what you want to do to pass another day. I love life on the farm so much that I cry when I think too deeply about it.

I should stop while I’m ahead because I’m already tearing up while writing this. But, Hell, no one else is going to write it. So here I am. Back where I belong. I’m on the farm, loving life.

Where does your heart rest? Wherever it is, I hope you make it there. Because that’s where you’ll be happy. If not, then you have yet to learn what it is because you know something’s missing. Am I right?

We need to all find that special place. Whether it’s the city or the jungle, you’ll find it. You only have to keep looking, friend.

On Being Happy

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What does being happy mean to me?

First of all, it means 5 important things.

  1. You’re still capable of becoming sad or angry at any time, but you almost believe you can’t.
  2. You’re more motivated to do things instead of moping.
  3. You smile without realizing it.
  4. You’re healthier.
  5. Everything is more beautiful.

Notice how I didn’t describe what happiness actually feels like inside. These 5 points have nothing to do with feeling. It’s all in the mind. These are side-effects of feeling happy, and by seeing these effects in others I can usually tell if someone is happy or not.

The happiest points in my life were being a young person growing up on a farm. You can read more about that here. As a teenager, I got to ride horses, cuddle with baby goats, and feed pigs. I loved life, much more than I do now in the city. But by writing about how I feel and how my life has changed I become happy, even it it’s only for a moment.

So thanks for reading and I hope you can find what makes you happy!

A Blog About Farm Life

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If you live on a farm and want some writing to relate to or you just want to learn more about life on the farm, this is the blog for you.

Here will look forward to explaining everything from how farmers repair their own appliances to how we raise sheep, grow crops, and do everything else a farm life has to offer.

Welcome. Come back soon!