It is so quiet around here. Like, ghost town quiet.
Living in a college town is like living in a tourist town, where, in August, your hometown is overrun by brand-new, temporary inhabitants who crowd the grocery stores and your favorite restaurants. And then, at the end of the first week in May they suddenly disappear and the town–and barns–become intensely slow and quiet. That’s how we know it’s officially summertime.
I could’ve sworn I just saw a tumbleweed roll by.
This year is no different, and the barns here at Rocking E sit silently and patiently waiting for new boarders. The stall fronts indicate new and unknown names for incoming freshman bringing their horses to school with them. Have horse, will travel!
Going from full-steam-ahead-work-mode to a more stop-and-smell-the-flowers (or horse manure) approach in a matter of a couple days is jolting. This summer I want to be sure to do two things.
- Relax. Rest. Retreat.
- I’m so used to bustling barn this seems daunting to me, but I’m going to do my best to enjoy the downtime! My barn work is going so quickly I’ve been able to pay attention to individual horses a lot more, including my own, at feed time. I’ve even brushed Rusty a couple times while he was eating. Gasp. I know, I know, I can’t believe it either! What a blessing it is to have a break from the busyness and bask in a little summertime lull.
- Get caught up on extra work.
- See what I did there? Ha! I’m going to enjoy the break, but I’m also going to get caught up (and stay on the upward swing) with those nagging summertime tasks. Mowing. Weed-eating. Round-upping. But, my plan is to use my time wisely and in a focused manner so I can get back to my #1. I’ll try to incorporate things with my kids during the day. For instance, “See this thistle? Thistles are super fun to dig up. Here’ s a shovel.” Or, “This pile of gravel really needs to go in that pot hole. Let’s see how fast we can fill it together!” You get the point.
What are you doing this summer? Is it busy for you? Or slow, like me?