The Flicker Haven Farm Files-Mornin' Chorin'!

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Routine. It's a thing that we all have, whether it's getting up and going to an office or hopping into a jet to fly the skies, all humans have a routine.

And in the spirit of routines, sharing more about myself for ya'll to see, and doing my part to help keep things authentic and real, I present you with a look at my morning routine, Summer Edition.

Most mornings I wake up with the sun, which at our latitude is pretty early on the clock, but can you say circadian rythym? Anyway, after I pop out of bed, I throw on my falling apart cat print slip ons and wander out to the barn.

My first stop is the wheelbarrow with a bale of hay in it that I keep under the fir trees in my yard. I grab a few flakes of hay and toss it to these demanding souls:

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We have plenty of pasture, but I still throw them a bit of hay everyday because sucker that I am, I love to keep the three amigos happy. Plus, they are kinda cute.

After I throw hay to the cattle, I undo the gate to the barnyard and saunter to the barn to feed my daughter's show steer. She takes care of him most of the time, but I feel bad feeding all the other animals and not him, so he gets his food and water along with the rest of them.

After blessing Moo Jr. with several pounds of his show calf ration, I wander around to the back of the barn and fill the troughs. In the winter I only have to fill the troughs once a week or so, but during the summer, especially if it is over 80 Fahrenheit, I fill the cattle troughs at least once every other day.

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Cora has an insatiable desire to kill the water flowing from the hose, her attention to her mission is admirable


Fun fact, cattle drink twenty-five to thirty gallons of water every day, each.


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After sticking the hose in the trough, I walk into the barn and grab the duckling's waterer and feed tray. Ducks are mess-making heathens. Seriously, I have never cared for another animal that is as messy as a duck. Well, strike that, a toddler with a Sharpie and a bag of popcorn is close.

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Anyway, the ducklings are easy peasy to feed and water, and by the time I feed them and walk a few hundred feet to open the gate to the back pasture for the cattle, the trough is usually full.

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We close our cattle in the couple acre barn yard pasture every night. I call it Fort Knox because it is a hot wired, field fenced, multiple strands of barbed wire fortress that was built to keep cattle in. This was a trial and error process, but they haven't gotten out since we finished the paddock to it's newest specifications. YAY!

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After turning off the water and shutting the barn door, I grab the bucket of food for the ducks in the orchard and start my way out to the orchard. Usually I have a company of support animals to guide me along my way. This morning was no exception, there was my ever-present Cora the Cowboy Corgi, The Lizard, a very amiable tabby cat who has claimed the barn as her territory, and Pickles, a cat who defies description, showed up halfway through my trip to deliver a speech in his mosquito meow frequency. Good times.

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After walking through the garden with a stop at the water manifold timer to turn on the zone that has my duck water hose, I walked into the orchard, poured the ducks food into their feeder, flipped their swimming pool over, cleaned it out, let it fill, and walked out towards to garden feeling the feelz one feels when they are accomplishing their morning routine.

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It's the part of the lavender harvest where we do hydrosol and essential oil extraction. I like this part of lavender harvest as it is much less tedious that cutting and banding bundles of flowers for buds. Instead I get to use hedge trimmers to slice the fully bloomed out lavender off of the bushes. It's a very satisfying job because it's like giving a person with unruly, overgrown hair a hair cut.

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I also mowed my RV site, fertilized the garden with Neptune's Harvest, weeded the corn and beans, and checked on the progress of my plants. All of this work was done before 9AM before I sat down to have my coffee and do morning reading time.

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And it's pretty much like this every single day right now. Not that I mind, the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing my morin' chorin' sets my mood for the rest of the day. There's something so magical about getting up and accomplishing routine tasks before getting cracking on the rest of your day.

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Of course, there are those mornings where the cows are out, the kids break something, a piece of equipment breaks, or I manage to hurt myself, but if I am honest, I am getting better at seeing those things as part of my morning routine too, life is gonna life, I choose to view it all as fun.

Well, I'm working on that😉



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And as most of the time, all of the images in this post were taken on the author's has yet to be dropped in the cattle trough iPhone. The text divider image was made in Canva.




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You are one hard working girl; man, I think about giving up the city life and moving to the country to homestead but then I think about getting up early.

I wonder if raising Owls is an option. LOL.

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Oh I love owls! If it isn't it should be!

And as much as I love the country life, I often dream about having a little turn of the century house in a sleepy town with nothing to take care of but myself, just for sabbatical purposes of course😉

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bed and breakfast

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Wait a minute! Those words sound like work lol lol!😆

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That is what the staff is for ... or AI robots. We are there to drink the Joe and eat the calorie free croissants:)

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I would love to have a morning routine like yours. Freedom and peace on your end in a beautiful setting.

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Ah, you so, so get it my friend, there is complete freedom and serenity here. Well, and the occasional blister or thorn 😉

And I think your routine has to be pretty awesome with all those canines about!

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There is something magical in a morning routine like yours, @generikat! Life lived to its fullest, in harmony with nature. Wonderful!

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That is some awesome morning routine, @generikat
Your farm looks amazing.
!CTP

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Thanks @beststart! There are parts of it that never seem done, but I've stopped focusing on that and am really starting to enjoy how it's all coming together and working in harmony after all these years.

!CTP

!PIZZA

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My morning routine isn't as interesting as yours, nor does it start as early as yours, but I like those days when I can just do my thing and not have to rush out the door to get somewhere.

I'm glad Fort Knox is now secure. Chasing errant bovines around the neighborhood is no fun.

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I am so glad to hear that you are just doing your thing and not rushing out the door somewhere! Like seriously, you have beyond earned that!

Speaking of rushing out the door, it's almost blueberry picking time! YAY!

And yes, I am truly thankful for Fort Knox lol!

!PIZZA

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Yes, I hope to pick blueberries in a couple of weeks. My raspberries are just now starting to turn red, so that's gonna keep me busy for a while. Let me know if you head to Riley Creek Farm and can use some company.

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I like those speckled duckling beaks!

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Me too! I was so excited when a couple hatched like that😊

!PIZZA

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I love the way you're out of bed, in your cat-prints and out the door. My morning has to feature several cups of tea! It's very hot here, and I was checking plants and watering in between making cups of tea. I crossed my neighbour coming home from her early morning walk - summer and winter, she is out first thing.

One of the things I love about Hive is the peek into other people's lives, so interesting!

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Oh, I so love tea and plant maintenance, your morning routine sounds lovely!

And I so agree with you, it's been so much fun to see how other people live their lives and engage with them here on Hive😊

!CTP

!PIZZA

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That face in the first photo looks like it's complaining, "you're too late, I'm sooooo hungry, gotta wake up earlier"!

a toddler with a Sharpie and a bag of popcorn is close.

Try a toddler with a bucket of paint, I'll say no more. 🤣

I enjoyed reading your post, do it again, do it again! :)) Voted on ListNerds!

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AHH! That's nightmare fodder! LOL!

Thank you so much @drlobes! I always smile when I see that you have dropped by!

!PIZZA

!CTP

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I love walking through your day with you! You ramble as you amble and I learns lots of little nuggets this way! Half of my notes to me lately are tips on what to cook or how. On life. On living.

You know how to live right.

You be the best danged baker!

I am all about being organized. It keeps me grounded and makes me comfortable. Out of routine? That's okat, too. Life Y'all. You animals make me smile, the stories you put out. Courtesy of them always garners peels of laughter.

You have built a wonderful life and your writingbis always inspirational and uplifting. Thank you for that. ❤️ Love to you, KitKat.

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Oh! I so love it when you drop by for a meander and a message, your comments are the bestest! Seriously my dear friend, your kind words always brighten my day😊

And I say that as I sit under a canopy inhaling lavender as I distill essential oil, you are so right, the good life indeed.

And double and, to get called best dang baker by one of the most awesome chefs I know made my feel good meter go to da moon!

Love ya right back Ds!

!PIZZA

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Thank you! You make a person feel so worthy. ❤️ You have that special knack! Thanks for that pizza!

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Yup, up with the sun, get the morning stuff done, then get on with the day.

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Ah, how I would love to drop in and shadow you through your morning one of these years...
I'd even relish you putting me to work! :D

Perhaps if, God willing, we get the little trailer we've dreamed of and hit the road some day.

😄😇😉

@creatr

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