Quote: "If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day."  W. Beran Wolfe

Our new life that included a farm  (2009)  Larry & Mary

I wanted land for insurance of sustainable living and as an investment. Larry wanted land as an investment and insurance of sustainable living. Compatible. Interest rates were terrible, so as our CDs came due, we paid off the farm. Now, what to do with it. 

After our initial visit to the farm as owners, we didn't return for several weeks. I was teaching about 40 students, and had piano recitals three different Sundays in April, and there was Easter with family. Also, we had no initial big plans. Starting with our next visit, our life completely changed. We worked endlessly seven days a week at one place or the other. Upon telling a neighboring farmer about our schedule and how we loved the farm work on the weekends, he said, "We don't understand that."

Mary's schedule: The city: I did my normal household duties and taught piano. I picked the produce from the gardens to process on Monday and Friday evenings. I prepared food so I wouldn't have to cook at the farm. The farm: I packed the cooler and left after Saturday morning lessons. Worked at the farm until we returned just before lessons on Monday with much dirty laundry. The cycle was established. I did this week after week for approximately six months with the exception of 2 or 3 weekends and seemed to thrive on it. We were high. Farm high.  

Larry's schedule: I worked at the post office all week and the farm all weekend. We arrived at home on Monday afternoon. I would take a nap before going to work that night, followed by my work week, and sleep a few hours after work on Saturday morning and we would be back at the farm Saturday afternoon. We figured the money spent for gas was what we used to spend for entertainment on a weekend. It certainly was more satisfying. This may sound like a crazy schedule, but we loved it. There's much to be said for arriving at your own remotely located property, with no outside communication, and enjoying the land and each other.             Happy?
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