Resurfacing

by Katie on July 31, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, we have not, in fact, dropped off the face of the earth.

We’ve just been buried beneath it the past couple weeks.

Not really, but it did begin to feel that way for a few days.

You see, the problem with running your own business, and trying to grow that business, is that you have to hire employees. Which sounds lovely in theory. But in reality, it just means your (okay, mainly Brandon’s) time is spent checking on them, instructing them and – the real kicker – filling in for them when they don’t show up.

For the most part, we’ve spent the past few months humming along thinking life was grand, finally feeling like we had a good workforce in place. Then, the guy we hired to really take some pressure off Brandon and relieve me of my hay hauling duties, began to have little emergencies, trouble with an alarm clock and then fell sick last week. Obviously, some of these things are unavoidable, but it still lends to be quite inconvenient when you’re in the thick of your busy season. To top off any of that, one of our irrigators just decided to not show up to work two weeks ago. Or the day after that. Or the day after that. Eventually, we came to our own conclusion he had quit, and after a week of not hearing anything from the guy, he did show up to receive a paycheck for the four days he had not been compensated for yet. Nearly overnight, we had gone from three employees to somewhere around 1.5.

What does all this mean? In a nutshell, that we both had to basically drop our jobs to cover all the things on the farm that keep it running on a daily basis. Leaving the most important tasks (as far as running the business goes) behind to complete the most pressing tasks. Because what’s the point in worrying about selling any hay, if you don’t keep it irrigated and alive in the first place?

So that’s where we’ve been:  keeping our farm alive, in what I call “survival mode,” which means we were in the same boat on the homefront as well – basic needs met only. If you could see the current state of my recovering home, you would agree.

But all that is behind us now (for this round) and we’re emerging on the other side this week, getting back to business with a replacement for the irrigator and a healthy hay operator. All is well, as we knew it eventually would be. As I told my sister-in-law, this little glitch was probably just to keep us humble anyway. If so, it worked.

I think friends and family pretty much assume when we’re light on public material here that we’re just swamped on the farm. Which is sometimes true. It is true of the past couple weeks. I did get two sentences in to two different stories, but couldn’t think straight enough in our scattered state to get past that. But prior to that, we were in a bit of a slump anyway.

Hopefully we can resume to some semi-regularly scheduled programming around here, but that really all depends on how many funny things Brandon can do or say in the near future anyway.

Here’s to hoping my days are filled with an entertaining husband!

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