I am starting to suspect I have a chronic illness. I hope to know more on Monday. I have been struggling somewhat doing the chores, mostly because I am so exhausted. But I also have been watching This Farming Life. In the last season (for me Season 3) there is an owner of a dairy farm in Northern Ireland who has Multiple Sclerosis. He describes being bedridden with it for 6 weeks and feels that farming saved him. He felt it gave him a reason to get out of bed and caring for the animals gave him a psychological boost. He feels it kept him in better physical shape as he had to do physical work as well as helping him emotionally.
I am feeling that too. I struggle to get out of bed after sleeping for 10 hours because I know I have to feed the animals. And when I get out there, I am enchanted by them.
Today I was enchanted by our head rooster for some reason. He really struck me as majestic today.
All of the farmers on this series talked about how caring for young animals improved their moods despite the hard realities of farming. Since we have stopped breeding, there are a lot less young animals here. No goat kids, lambs, duckings, goslings, calves, and baby rabbits. But we will have 2 piglets arriving Tuesday so that will be fun.
In the last season there was a couple of older farmers in the Scottish Highlands. She has Parkinson’s Disease, he has arthritis, and they were talking about how long they could and should continue. There is always that thought looming too.