If you give a farmer a book to read on a pleasant fall day, she’s probably going to want to go outside and sit in the sun to read it, in hopes of having an afternoon of quiet nothingness.
And if she goes outside in the sunshine to enjoy that book, glancing up from time to time to admire the farm, seemingy at rest as we approach winter, she’s probably going to remember those carrots that she wanted to dig up on a day such as this.
And when she goes to dig up those lovely carrots…
She’s going to see that the garlic has finally started to sprout and make a mental note that they will soon need mulched for the winter.
When she goes over to the well pump to wash the carrots, she will glance over at the big garden and remember the nice kale that has been growing over the past few weeks of nasty weather and think how nice it would be to pick some.
She will leave the carrots soaking, and go into the garden for the kale.
She will see some small kohlrabi that a critter has been chewing on and throw them to the dog, then commence picking lovely kale.
While she is picking the kale in her arms, because she doesn’t have a container (because she never planned to pick kale until she started reading that book), she will hear a strange noise coming from the distance, and realize it is one of the normally very quiet sheep and know that something is not right.
She will call out to her hubby inside for reinforcement and drop the kale and head off to find out what’s wrong with the sheep, quickly learning that Bessie has crossed over the fence, thinking the grass was greener on the other side, and now misses her flock and is calling for help.
As she goes to open a gate to bring Bessie back in with the flock, her husband will call out to say that she just squeezed through the fence on her own.
Knowing she did this with relative ease, we will both realize that the electricity must not be charging the wire.
Realizing this, hubby heads to the barn to check the problem, and also realizing that the grass IS actually greener on the other side, we both decide it is time to move the sheep to where Bessie wanted to go earlier, so the trip to the barn becomes a trip for supplies, and 30 minutes later, with fences and gate all in place, we move the sheep.
Now back to the top of the hill near the kale garden, the farmer previously involved in kale picking goes back to the garden to resume picking, albeit now 45 minutes later.
Kale in her arms, she returns to the soaking carrots (Ha! Thought I forgot them, didn’t you?) to finish cleaning them to bring them in.
AND on the way in she realizes that the garage door has been open this entire time and her crazy lab has been chewing up papers he found there and gathers them in her arms full of kale and carrots.
Bringing these all into the kitchen, she sees her book – the book that was to bring her a relaxing afternoon of nothingness – and realizes that on the farm, there is no such thing at all, but she is happy nonetheless!