Friday, October 25, 2013

Challenging myself and setting goals

This morning the lumber was delivered for my cow shed.  James and I have the holes dug for a 24' X 24' pole structure and I'm itching to get the posts in and set.  Hopefully tomorrow I can begin. 

In the past 6 years I've built a goat barn, a turkey/donkey barn, a small goat shelter, a mammoth donkey run-in shed, a mobile chicken coop and a pig shelter.  I've seen a change in the way I go about building now.  I have a lot more confidence in myself and consider myself a pretty decent builder-of-rough-buildings.  As a matter-of-fact, this time I didn't even go to Lowes to see what I might need.  I just made a list, called them and ordered everything I need.  Today I'll order the roofing and siding.  

There's no set date for me to pick Raisa up but I'm really excited to have her here so, like I did with the mammoth donkey run-in, I'll put some pressure on myself to get it done pretty quickly.  I work best this way. 

This got me thinking about what else I might get done or learn if I challenged myself or set some goals or deadlines.  I'd love to learn a foreign language in a set period of time, say, 6 months, but I feel like we need to be going to France or Spain to force myself to do something like this.  I've decided I'm going to start small.  Beginning today I'm challenging myself to write a blog entry every day for 30 days.  This one counts as one :)  It'll force me to write a little each day and maybe even look at my days and what I do a little differently.  Maybe, like building a barn, I'll get better at it and more creative.

Any ideas you may have to help me out with topics would be appreciated.   What might people like to know about Elk Cliff Farm?  I haven't done any animal interviews lately.  Maybe I'll do one or two of those.  Also, Halloween is coming up and I need to be thinking about animal costumes.

Talk to you tomorrow.



  1. John is impressed with all your building. We are wondering where the new barn/shelter is going to be. I would come lend a hand, but I am going to Oregon on Tuesday. Will be back next Sunday, so sometime in November I will help if you aren't done before I get back.

  2. I'm pretty sure you are super human . . . We had Stout tested by the vet today for his potential trip across the border . . . Raisa was very curious . . . now we have them separated . . . she is wishing she had her man back . . . I scratched her a long time today, just for you . . . and we watched her nurse the calf so she should be good for milking at any point you are ready . . .

  3. Susan, the shelter will be back near the boat but on the inside of the fence. There's water and electricity there so it should be perfect for milking. Come see me when you get back.