Three of my kids were in Des Moines this week attending Teen Pact.
Which meant my house was really quiet, dishes were limited and whenever Jan needed help outside there was only one option – me. Poor guy, he had definitely reached the bottom of the barrel.
After all – I am definitely unskilled labor.
I can carry water to the pigs – 4 trips to Jan’s one.
I can feed the chickens and gather eggs.
And I’m getting pretty good at chasing the calves back in their pen – if I can catch them before they head down the road.
But this was a week to expand my horizons and increase my limited skill set!
I can now open and close gates for Jan while he feeds a bale to the cows.
I have learned how to walk the fence line and check the wires to figure out why the fence is shorting out and the calves are in my yard again.
I learned that screaming loudly and swinging a big stick will remove the cows from the hay bales – but that it is wisest to leave the bull just where he is until my husband comes home.
And – are you ready for this – I even drove the tractor!
Yep. I did.
White knuckled, without a bale, in low gear. But I drove it. Five times even.
And I parked it in the shed – by myself – and didn’t hit anything.
Although Jan still laughs when I let off the clutch too quickly and give myself whiplash. (Wait – that is called the clutch – right?)
I have even progressed to the point that I can switch gears without assistance.
Yep. I definitely expanded my horizons this week!
And – as exciting as it was – I’m quite ready for the kiddos to come home!
They can go back to the chores they do so well and I’ll head back to my house and garden.
Washing dishes never looked so good!