Monday, December 31, 2012

Lessons from 2012

We survived our year from hell! Here are a few more lessons learned during 2012: 
  • Don't whine - just get the flu shot 
  • When you live in the country, be prepared to go without water and/or electricity for a while. 
  • We love the NRCS!
  • Farm porches are good for parties
  • It's going to be wet, dry, and windy and there's not a darn thing we can do about it
  • No matter how strong the fence, our cattle will get out
  • Progress is messy
  • Projects ALWAYS take longer than originally planned and are directly related to Murphy's law
  • Our beef is tasty
  • "Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright, then it is not yet the end." 
  • Finally, most importantly, we have a lot of great friends and family who are willing to offer up their homes, throw a few hay bales, build bathrooms, cut loads of wood, and go running after tractor parts. Thank you!

We are really excited about some big plans for 2013, there will be many more lessons to come. Thanks to everyone for reading the blog and your support through the past year. 

Happy New Year! 


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  2. "Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright, then it is not yet the end."

    That's a great line.

    Happy New Year!

    Love, E

  3. Lorraine in WisconsinJanuary 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    So valuable to learn from your experiences, good and bad. You have embraced this lesson, a tribute to your parents and grandparents who, as Grandpa Toppe said of himself, graduated from the school of hard knocks. It's your contribution to future generations to have recorded it all in this blog. What a valuable gift.


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